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Sunrise over Mountains



A graduate of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Pastor Hein was ordained on July 4, 1993.


He has served as pastor at St Paul Lutheran Church in Wauneta, NE; at St John Lutheran Church in Tecumseh NE; at Mount Olive Lutheran Church in Loveland CO; and at Mount Zion Lutheran Church in Castle Rock, Colorado. 


In addition to serving as parish pastor, Pr. Hein has served as Minister of Christian Education, and as a promoter of Lutheran Heritage Foundation. On behalf of LHF, He also has functioned as the presenter at the emerging Church seminar in Bangkok, Thailand. He is a teaching pastor, concerned for faithfulness to Christ and the Gospel.


Pastor Hein grew up in the Pacific Northwest. Nestled between Mount Hood, Mount St Helens, and other peaks, Camas is a small town on the Columbia River Gorge. The evening colors of Portland reflect upon the water, as a cool Pacific breeze enlivens Washington’s trees and foliage. Born in 1962, pastor’s father had been a widower. He already had seven small children when he married pastor’s mom. Pastor is the youngest of nine. During the day, his dad worked at the paper mill. At night, he farmed. The family raised blueberries which were sold locally and commercially. The family farm abounded in fruit: in apples, cherries, plums, pears, peaches, blackberries, grapes, and boysenberries. Pastor’s mother was kept busy with the nine children. She had been trained as a Church worker and employed by our Synod. She helped to spearhead Lutheran education for children with special needs. She also worked to provide support and care for their families. 


After graduating High School in 1980, pastor attended college at Concordia Portland (with brief studies elsewhere). While at Portland, pastor participated in an exchange program, including ten weeks at Oak Hill College in London, and ten days behind the curtain in East Germany.  


We welcome you to worship with us on Sunday mornings at 9am


Each Sunday we receive and celebrate the gifts God has given us:  the sacraments of baptism and communion, which are the means of our forgiveness.


Located at the base of Castle Rock at

750 Cantril St, Castle Rock, CO 80104

About  Mount Zion

Mount Zion Lutheran Church in Castle Rock is a member congregation of The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod. We believe, teach, and confess the doctrine of the evangelical catholic faith as it is taught by the Holy Scriptures and faithfully confessed in the Book of Concord of 1580. We are committed to the pure preaching of God’s Word and the right administration of the holy Sacraments, to the catechesis of all people in the Christian faith, and to liturgical worship consistent with our Reformation heritage and the church catholic. We are an evangelical, orthodox, and catholic congregation, proclaiming Jesus Christ crucified, risen, and reigning for the salvation of the world. We are a confessionally Lutheran congregation, adhering to the confession of the Christian faith.  We are also a traditionally liturgical congregation, using the worship forms of the western catholic tradition as they have come to us through the Lutheran Reformation.  We believe that the purpose of worship is to receive the gifts of salvation which Jesus Christ has won for us by hearing His Word and eating and drinking the Sacrament of His Body and Blood.

What We Believe

Mount Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church is a member congregation of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. We believe that Jesus of Nazareth, the Son of God, was born of the Virgin Mary, lived a perfect life, and died on the Cross for the sins of the whole world. And after three days, this same Jesus rose again from the dead.


We also confess that Holy Scripture proclaims salvation comes to us solely by Jesus’s death and resurrection on the Cross – without any merit, work, or worthiness in us. Jesus’s work – not ours. Freely given, freely received by faith, as a gift. Jesus alone saves – by grace alone, received by faith alone, and all of this comes from Scripture alone. This is the historic Lutheran Faith confessed at Zion.


Because this Good News is central to our Christian faith, Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church is an "evangelical" congregation in the historical sense of the word. This Gospel message is proclaimed in all we believe, teach, and confess. We believe that we can’t come to God on our own – rather, He comes to us in His gifts. He washes away all of our sins in Holy Baptism. He forgives all of our sinful deeds in HIs Word. And in the Holy Supper of our Lord, Jesus gives to us His Body to eat and His Blood to drink for the remission of all our sins.


The basic truths of the Lutheran Faith can be summarized in what is known as the “Solas.”


     Sola Scriptura, Scripture Alone: We believe that Scripture is God-breathed (inspired) and inerrant and is the sole source for the Christian Faith and life.  Apart from Scripture we would never know God or of His grace in Christ Jesus.


     Sola Gratia, Grace Alone: We believe that in salvation we are rescued from God’s wrath by his grace alone (justification). God’s grace in Christ is not merely necessary but is the sole efficient cause of salvation.  The grace of God is not a result of any merit to be found in us, but is bestowed upon us in love because of Christ’s righteousness.


     Sola Fide, Faith Alone: Our justification through faith alone is the article by which the Church stands or falls. Faith is the sole means by which Christ’s righteousness is received. We affirm that justification is the declaration that results in us being simul iustus et peccator (simultaneously justified and sinner). Because we believe that faith is a gift from God we also deny that salvation is in any sense a human work. Human methods, techniques or strategies cannot accomplish our salvation.


We're excited that the Lord has brought you to visit with us today. Please let us know how we may serve you. We’d love to have you part of our family.

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