Support Staff

Zion’s Support Staff coordinate with the pastors to focus on the vision and leadership of a congregation’s various educational ministries. This involves all ages, nourishing children, youth, adults, and family groups in Christian instruction and growth in personal faith through Bible classes, Sunday School, Midweek programs, Vacation Bible School, and youth programs.

Kristin Nistler, Director of Family Ministry, is a graduate of Concordia University, Seward, NE with a BA in Elementary Education, a Lutheran Teaching Diploma and a Masters in Family Life Education. Kristin is married to Fred Nistler and they are blessed with 4 wonderful children. She taught at Martin Luther School for six years, beginning in 2002. She enjoys working with Zion’s Board of Youth Family Ministry to plan Sunday School, King’s Kids, Vacation Bible School, fellowship events for all ages, community outreach events, Kids in Mission trips/servant events, Parenting Bible studies, as well as promoting and attending the Bible camps at Shepherd’s Hill at the Crossroads. Kristin also enjoys playing softball, volleyball, camping, crocheting, and spending time with family and friends. You may contact her at

Russ Weixel, Director Junior Youth Ministry, is a native of Bismarck, ND. He grew up attending Zion on a regular basis and has served on the Board of Youth for over 20 years. He has been involved with the Sunday School program and Confirmation classes. He has joined Zion’s staff as the Director of Junior Youth Ministry working with grades 5-8. Russ is a big sports fan. He enjoys watching NASCAR, professional football and baseball. You may contact him at

Gayle Little, Administrative Secretary, has served Zion Lutheran Church since November 1996. Prior to 1996, she worked as an Executive Administrative Assistant for various companies in Bismarck and Minneapolis, MN. Gayle was born and raised in Bismarck. Gayle and her husband Charlie have two wonderful children, Jacob and Kate. You may contact her at


Roxanne Rosin, Assistant Secretary, has served Zion Lutheran Church as a volunteer in various rolls over the years. You may contact her at