The beginnings of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church go back to 1957. Because of the increase in population, both military and civilian, the Northwest District of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod investigated the possibilities of starting a new mission in Fairbanks the fall of 1957. The conclusion was positive, and by early 1958 land had been purchased, an architect was hired (Floyd Ohlson/Alaska Architectural) and a call was extended to the Rev. Omar Stuenkel of Portland, Oregon to become the mission developer.
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