Dave Adams spent 30 years in his first career as a farmer, where he first learned the Gospel message. Born in Woodstock, Illinois in 1955, Dave worked from age 10 with his father and brothers on a family farm. Dave and his wife, Pat were married in March of 1977. Dave, Pat, and their four children started attending Mt Zion in 1988. They became involved in children's ministry, the high school youth group, and serving as an elder. They sold the cattle and machinery in 1996, and he came on staff at Mt Zion in 1997 as Associate Pastor. Dave became Senior Pastor of Mt. Zion in 2006.Pastor Dave and Pat live in Lake Geneva, WI. They have four children and eight grandchildren. When he has the chance he enjoys riding his Harley-Davidson and fishing. Dave and Pat enjoyed the trip of a lifetime to Israel in 2013.
Mt. Zion’s Latino Ministries Pastor, Michael Sandberg, is one of our own, born and raised here in Lake Geneva. He lives here in town with his wife, Kerry, and his children, Caleb, Hannah, and Josiah. Michael is passionate about Truth and a Biblical world view. He is also a fan of the wrong Chicago baseball team.
Stephen Thorngate came on staff part time at Mt. Zion in 1986 as worship leader. As the church has grown, his responsibilities have expanded. For many years he served as full-time minister of music; with the help of his wife, Lisa, he led worship each week, directed choirs, and wrote and produced musical dramas. He also taught music and sometimes other classes at Mt. Zion Christian School. More recently as executive pastor, he leads Mt. Zion’s men’s ministry. He also represents Mt. Zion’s elder board on several subcommittees, serving to connect the leadership of the church’s many areas of ministry. He continues to oversee the music and worship department, which includes a number of worship teams, and leads worship from time to time.
Pastor Steve grew up in Pebble Beach, CA. He came to Wisconsin for college and has been here ever since. He taught vocal music in Waterford, WI, for 14 years before beginning full-time ministry. He and Lisa have been married since 1974 and have seven grown children.
Pastor Riley Sampson was born and raised in Minnesota. God called him to become a youth pastor at summer camp before he entered 7th grade. That call led him to North Central University where he met his wife Casey and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Youth Ministry. After graduation, he and his wife spent three years as youth pastors in Springfield, IL working with junior and senior high students. While they were serving in Springfield, God began to stir their hearts calling them home to Mt. Zion, Casey’s home church.
Riley and Casey have a passion to see young people discipled and taught to realize their potential to know and be used by God. They believe that God is raising up a generation of students that will not bow to the culture, but that will stand up and be the light of the world. Riley and Casey have been married since 2011 and have two daughters named Selah and Shiloh.
Matt grew up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and moved to Wisconsin after meeting his wife doing mission work in Denmark. Matt and Audrie got married in 2006 and began attending Mt. Zion in 2007. They have 4 children; Evangeline (Evie), Noelle (Ellie), Elijah and Eden. After a year and a half of interning with our pastors, Matt came on staff full-time in 2016.
Matt has a background in management and administration and ran operations of retail prescription drug stores for many years. He has a Bachelors degree from Trinity Theological Seminary in Biblical Studies and is working towards his Master’s degree in Biblical Studies and Biblical languages. Matt’s greatest passions are his family, music and worshipping the Lord. He longs to see people experience the Lord’s presence and His greatness through praise and worship at Mt. Zion.
Stacy & Dave Goralski
In the Summer of 2018 Dave and Stacy joined our staff at Mt. Zion as the new Children's Directors. This dynamic duo has served together in various student ministries and have been married since 2000. They have a son named Jeremiah. Both are passionate about encouraging and partnering with parents as the primary faith providers for their children.
About Stacy: She is always singing. She loves Kenya missions and supporting foster/adoptive families. She smells like essential oils.
About Dave: He's always building and creating something. He loves his family. Coffee is his favorite.
Financial Manager Christine Smith was raised in Burlington, Wisconsin, and graduated from what is now Catholic Central High School. She earned an associate degree in accounting and another in data processing from Gateway Technical College.
Chris has been working with the finances of Mt. Zion Christian Church, Mt. Zion Christian School and Mt. Zion House since 2003. She also provides human resource management and coordinates Mt. Zion’s food pantry ministry. She and her husband Scott serve as church deacons.
Scott and Chris have six grown children, four of whom are married. All are graduates of Mt. Zion Christian School. They feel very blessed and give thanks to the Lord for their family.
Outside of work time, Chris enjoys bike riding, gardening, and preparing food with and for her family. Bible study, quilting and crosswords are also some of her favorite activities. Chris is an enthusiastic fan of the Milwaukee Brewers and the Green Bay Packers.
Bo Boilek joined the staff of the Zion House in May of 2013. He is a graduate of the Mt. Zion House program as well as a former graduate assistant from 2006-2009. In 2009 Bo attended the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, IL and graduated in May of 2013 with a Bachelor of Art degree having an emphasis on Pastoral Studies and Bible. Bo also has NIC-T4C Certification, 2013. He brings to our program years of experience with this ministry. Bo married his beautiful bride Denay in late August of 2013.
Chaplain Larry Hansen has been a part of the body at Mt. Zion for many years. He works in the Jails of Walworth and McHenry Counties to bring hope to the inmates. He is an asset to the Mt. Zion House staff as he brings a knowledge and love for people in need.