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Kimberly Knowle-Zeller


Kimberly Knowle-Zeller is an ordained ELCA pastor, mother of two and spouse of an ELCA pastor. She lives with her family in Cole Camp, Mo. Her website is

Summer not-to-do list for Lutheran parents - July 5, 2018

I want to experience the goodness that summer has to offer, but I don’t want to experience my toddler’s meltdowns or feel guilty about tasks left undone. Whether in the shape of lazy days by the pool, late nights by the campfire, catching fireflies, drinking lemonade or swinging at the park, summer days are meant […]

Holy transitions - May 30, 2018

For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope (Jeremiah 29:11).  Cheers and tears often accompany transitions in our lives.   While potty training our daughter, our days were filled with plenty of cheering, delight and tears. […]

From pilgrimage to Pentecost - May 17, 2018

Pentecost didn’t happen only once. The noise intensified. The joy palpable. Community present. A community that had just met. A community that came from different countries and different walks of life. A community that spoke a multitude of languages. A community of young and old. A community of people wandering and people searching. A beautiful […]

Our first calling - April 27, 2018

“What if I choose the wrong path? What if I go in one direction and find out later I was supposed to go in another?” As graduation season looms, students of all ages may begin to wonder about their callings—what to do in high school; what major to study in college; what job to pursue. […]

Spring to-do list for little Lutherans - April 26, 2018

It’s spring, the season of fresh-smelling grass, birds chirping, daffodils blooming, blue skies, rain showers and warmer temperatures. For some in the United States, spring seems to be taking its time, but I’m committed to deepening faith with my children during this season. Here are a few ideas to encourage family faith formation this spring. […]

Rules for church - April 25, 2018

Parents of small children are likely to have a long do and don’t list for worshiping as a family: Don’t tear the pages out of the hymnal. Don’t climb under the pews. Do say “hello” when someone greets you. Do keep your shoes and socks on. On and on and on. Now that I have […]

Building faith - March 6, 2018

Tucked in the corner of the room stood a large block tower. Four children—all under the age of 5—were cheering. They were handing blocks to a grandfather who sat between them. As they did, the tower grew taller and taller. We were at our monthly Little Lutherans gathering for families with children 5 and under. […]

Winter to-do list for little Lutherans - January 11, 2018

For those in certain regions of the U.S., winter brings cold days and long, dark nights. After holiday celebrations and ringing in the New Year, the winter months provide ample opportunity to deepen our faith lives as a family. Whether you’re longing for the warmth again or embracing the snow, here are a few ideas […]

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