About Us

  About Us  

By God’s grace, Zion Lutheran Church has been serving the Lord’s people of Chesaning since 1873. We believe that we are saved by grace alone, through faith alone, and in scripture alone. God has purified us from all sins by sending his son Jesus to live a perfect life for us, die on the cross for us, and rise from the dead for us. At Zion Lutheran Church, we teach the full truth of the Bible – that Jesus has saved us from all sins and calls us to serve and preach his name.

Our mission is to:


  • Strengthen God’s people with God’s Word

  • Seek the lost with God’s Word

  • Serve God and our neighbor with the love of Christ

We would love for you to come worship with us and hear the wonderful truths our Savior tells us in his Word. Below is our Worship Schedule:


September - May


Worship 8:00 and 10:30 am on Sunday Morning

Sunday School and Bible Class: 9:15 am on Sunday Morning


June - August


Worship: 9:00 am on Sunday Morning and 7:00 pm on Monday Evening

Meet Pastor Tessmer

Pastor Paul Tessmer has served as Zion’s pastor since January 2020. Pastor Tessmer was born in Yakima, Washington and grew up in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area. He is a 1991 graduate of Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary and has previously served as a pastor at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Omaha, Nebraska, and Zion Lutheran Church, Winthrop, Minnesota. Pastor Tessmer’s wife, Deb, teaches preschool at St. Charles Public School. They have 3 adult children. In his spare time Pastor enjoys reading, music, and enjoying the beauty of the Michigan outdoors, especially traveling to see lighthouses. He is eager to share the good news of Jesus with you and to help in whatever way he can in our walk with our Savior.

If you have any questions about our Savior or our church, please contact Pastor Tessmer at his email, pastor@zionchesaning.com, or his cell, 507-276-8925. You can also call our church office at 989-845-3006.