​​United Redeemer Lutheran Church

Teri Paulson
Office: 507.732.7303

JoAnne Harvey
Office Administration
Office: 507.732.7303

Our Mission Statement


“As a Fellowship of Believers, we are united in Christ by God, sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ, serving all people, and caring for God’s creation.” 

Sunday Worship 8:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m

Our worship services during the school year are Sundays at 8:00 and 10:30 a.m., with an adult forum in between at 9:30 a.m. (and Sunday School from 9:30-10:15 a.m.)

Summer* Worship 8:30 a.m. & 9:30 a.m.

For the Sundays between Memorial Day and Labor Day, we gather outside to worship at the early service.  Our 8:30 a.m. service is out on the lawn next to our garden, with coffee and conversation time following. The 9:30 a.m. service is in the sanctuary.
Holy Communion is offered on the 1st & 3rd Sundays of each month.

*In cases of poor weather conditions the worship service will take place at 8:30 am inside the church. 

Our History

Two Churches United

The United Lutheran Church congregation was formed in 1913 and located its church building on West Third Street. One block west, the evangelical Lutheran Church of The Redeemer had built its church building that same year. The two Lutheran congregations flourished for many years, each adding to its membership, programs, and service to the community of Zumbrota and also renovating and remodeling their buildings over the years.

In 1962, the United Lutheran Church Council invited the members of The Redeemer church to attend services during their church remodeling.  This spirit of cooperation was a forerunner to an exchange of pastors for Lenten services in 1966 and pastors conducting services together in 1967 at each church. The two congregations were becoming one, and a vote to merge was approved in 1970.

After the merger, services and activities continued to be held in both church buildings, now referred to as the East Chapel and the West Chapel. As part of the unification process, the congregation chose the name United Redeemer Lutheran Church at its annual meeting in 1972.  A year later, the congregation voted to hold services in only the West Chapel (the Redeemer church building). The United Lutheran building was torn down in 2005. The growing congregation made many improvements to the building and properties in the subsequent years, including buying surrounding property to provide additional parking space. The most extensive project was the two-story addition of 10,500 square feet in 1986. The added space included Sunday School classrooms, staff offices, kitchen, and a fellowship hall. Today, the congregation is a welcoming community continuing its faith journey through worship, music, education, programs for all ages, and outreach.

Our Staff

Rev. Dr. Margaret J. Pleiss-Sippola email

Office: 507.732.7303 ext. 103
Cell: (507) 961-7255​

Pastor Marggi’s Reflections on Ministry:
I live with a great deal of passion in all areas of my life. I begin each day eager for the events of the day, whatever the day will offer. I enter life with a passion to serve. I have an honest and deep passion for people and creation.  I have a very open and personable approach to others. I try to treat people as equals and be very inclusive. I pay keen attention to children. I look out for someone who may be feeling left out. I try to be affirming and encouraging to all people. I enjoy working in a team and enjoy the successes and gifts of others.  I understand my call to be no greater than anyone else’s call in life. My call just happens to be ordained ministry. I want people to view me as someone living out her passion and call in life, as a pastor, no better, no less. I hope people see me as “just one of them” and we are all in this together.

Personal Ministry Statement:
To live my life doing justice, loving kindness and walking humbly with my God.
- Micah 6:8
If I can do this by living the best life I can for my family and my congregation. Through my example and passion, I hope I can encourage and affirm others to do this in their lives.

Cindy Wilson email

Youth Director
Office: 507.732.7303 ext. 104

Hi I am Cindy Wilson!  I have the pleasure of working in many different areas of the church.  I have been the church organist for 25+ years and I love every minute of it.  I am very active in ‘With One Voice’ our contemporary music group that consists of fourteen members from the congregation.  I also work with girls grades 1 and up called ‘G4C’ (Girls for Christ).  They sing fun, up-beat songs during worship 4-5 times a year.  I also am the Youth & Family director and the Sunday school director.  I work with our youth in fundraising events, bible studies, events and activities planned inside and outside of the church, confirmation, and Sunday school.  I grew up in Goodhue and have lived in this area my whole life.  My husband and I have been married for 20 years (and counting) and have 3 children together.  While I have been here at this church I feel the people have strengthened my faith in God.  Everyone here is friendly, all are helpful Christians ready to work together on anything.  In the Sunday school song; “We are the church”, I feel the end resonates the most in saying, THE CHURCH IS THE PEOPLE!