Meet our people

Our Zion spiritual community is a small group of Christian worshippers with a big heart. We invite and make welcome anyone who would like to visit or join us, regardless of age, ethnicity, faith background, work and family situation, sexual orientation, and so on. We provide a stair lift for those who need one. We believe that each and every person matters, is an equal child of God. We range in age from 3 to 85, have come from Canada, Germany, Guyana, Hungary, Iran, Jamaica, Sri Lanka, the United States, and have various faith backgrounds (or none!). Our worship approach is open and inclusive, progressively traditional yet relaxed, and we celebrate Holy Communion every Sunday. We believe you can take the Bible seriously without taking it literally. And we don’t check our questions, doubts, or brains at the door. We’re at various places on our explorations of what faith and spirituality mean in our lives, and we bring open minds and respect for different places on the journey. Most of us help in some way to provide the worship service, such as setting up the altar, ringing the church bell, reading the lessons, assisting the Pastor, providing refreshments following the service. We invite new members to become active and involved easily, looking for how each person’s interests and gifts connect with what’s needed within the Zion community.

If you have questions, or would like us to know you’re coming, please contact us.

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Rev. Peter Mikelic, Ph.D.
Rev. Peter Mikelic, Ph.D.Pastor
Peter is approachable and funny, learned and caring. He believes that God has no grandchildren, that each person is an equal and beloved child of God.

Pastor Peter was born in a European refugee camp and is enormously grateful to have been raised in Canada, immigrating in 1948 with his Grade 3 educated grandparents who raised him. Since his early teens, Peter has felt called to be a pastor in thankfulness to his own pastor who was his mentor and father figure. This has taken him to higher education in Waterloo, Saskatoon, and Richmond, Virginia. Then in Montreal, London, Kitchener, and Toronto, Pastor Peter served for 32 years in full-time bilingual parish ministry (English and German, which you may know to be God’s Mother Tongue. After all, Martin Luther’s translation of the Bible preceded King James’ translation!). During this time, He was a Director on the National Church Council of the ELCIC for 8 years, when he worked on furthering LGBTQ rights and on the Lutheran relationship with the Anglican Church. He was also a journalist, writing for various national secular and religious publications, and contracted by the Toronto Star for 7 years with their Religion Pages. Since his early retirement in 2011, Peter has served in a number of parishes including as the Honourary Assistant of an Anglican church in Scarborough, and now as Interim Pastor at Zion.

Peter lives in Toronto and travels the world with his wife Sherry, a cradle Anglican with advanced degrees in both business and theology. Sherry is a very active volunteer at Zion.

Jill Summers, M.Mus.
Jill Summers, M.Mus.Music Minister
Jill’s music is an accomplished expression conveying to her listeners God’s aliveness in all the world and God’s love that never stops. Her warmth and caring endear Jill to both parishioners and her students.

Jill’s accomplishments in performance and teaching are certainly second to none in our neighbourhood! Her Master of Music degree from Bowling Green, Ohio is in Piano Performance and Jill was awarded a highly respected national American fellowship in recognition of being one of six outstanding piano instructors in the United States. She has studied with the greats, toured Europe, and was Principal Pianist with the Lima Symphony Orchestra.
Lucky for us, Jill moved to Brampton in 2002. Having been the organist or pianist in a number of American Lutheran churches, she is now the long time organist and pianist at Zion. She continues to enjoy performing and teaching in Canada. Jill’s students have won several awards including the International Teen Talent Piano Competition in Dallas, Texas and multiple gold medal awards for receiving the Royal Conservatory of Music’s highest examination mark in Ontario and Quebec. Enhancing her ministry, Jill likes to work through short skits and children’s choir and is always interested in knowing the favourite hymns and worship songs of parishioners.

Our Connections

Zion is a parish of the Eastern Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC). Through the ELCIC, Canadian Lutherans work with other denominations and religions through both the Canadian and the World Councils of Churches on social, environmental, and economic justice issues. In many countries, including Canada, Lutherans have a special relationship with the Anglican Church – thanks to the Waterloo Declaration signed in 2001, the Canadian ELCIC and Anglican churches agreed to be in Full Communion.

Read more about this on the websites linked below.

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