Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church

A Congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Office Phone: (717) 884-9167

Mailing Address: Zion Lutheran Church
  P.O. Box 679, 514 Magaro Rd.
  Enola, PA 17025

Pastor: Gwenn Trout

Secretary: Durene Archer

About Us

In the early history of The West Pennsylvania Synod of The Lutheran Church in America, there is a brief sketch of the beginnings of our Zion Lutheran Church. This sketch states that the first communion was held in 1803 and the congregation formally organized in 1804. It became a member of the first Lutheran Synod in America, organized by Henry Melchior Muhlenberg, who came to America in 1742 for the purpose of supervising the early Lutheran congregations and to organize them into a synod. This first synod was called The Ministerium because its members were the Lutheran ministers of the congregations.  Zion withdrew its membership from The Ministerium and became a founding member of the West Pennsylvania Synod in 1825.  Eventually Zion became part of the Lutheran Church of America (LCA), one of three predecessor church bodies of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, which was formed in 1987.

In 2003, our congregation celebrated 200 years of mission and ministry in Enola.  We are a congregation of the West Shore Conference of the Lower Susquehanna Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA). 

Our Staff

Pastor Gwenn Trout

Pastor GwennThe Rev. Gwenn L. Trout, a native of Gettysburg, PA is a graduate of Mansfield University of Pennsylvania (B.A., Speech Communications and Theatre) and the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg (M.Div.).  As part of her field education, she completed the clinical chaplaincy program at Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC and served an 11-month internship at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Sacramento, California.  In July 1997 she was called as pastor of St. James Lutheran Church, Columbia PA, and was ordained in September of that year.  She has served Zion since October 2003.

Durene Archer/Church Secretary

Durene Archer



Our Mission

Our mission is based on Jesus' Commission to his disciples, found in Matthew 28: "As Gods people, centered in Christ, empowered by the Spirit, we are committed to: Love the Lord our God with all our hearts, souls, and minds.  Love our neighbors as ourselves and be and make disciples of all nations."