Jeffrey Sippy was born and raised in Seattle, Washington.  Jeff is the son of Don and Lita Sippy, who have completed their earthen lives.

Jeff is a 1984 graduate of Concordia University, Portland, Oregon, and a 1988 graduate of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri.  Jeff was ordained into the Office of the Public Ministry at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, Federal Way, Washington, June 22, 1988.

Jeff has served congregations of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod in Olmsted, Illinois; Cape Girardeau, Missouri: and Springfield, Missouri.  He has also served as a prison chaplain, hospice chaplain, and chaplain of a long-term care facility.

Jeff has recently worked as a landscaper for Blue Sky Lawn and Landscaping, Rogersville, Missouri: a maintenance worker for Jared Enterprises, Springfield, Missouri: and a ramp agent for World-Wide Flight Services, Springfield, Missouri.

Jeff is married to Cynthia (Cindy) of Columbia, Illinois.  Jeff and Cindy have three sons, Clayton, Aaron, and Jason.  Aaron completed his earthen life, June 22, 2021.

Jeff has a Master Mariner license with the United States Coast Guard and is a certified sailing instructor with the American Sailing Association.  Jeff also enjoys reading, backpacking, hunting, and golf.

Sonya Gorman is our administrative assistant.  She is also the assistant teacher here at Zion Christian Preschool.  She has been a member of Zion since 2001.  She and her husband, Eric, have raised 4 children in the Bolivar area, homeschooling them for most of their school years (2 graduated, 2 still at home) and are enjoying the world of grandparenting with their 2 young grandchildren.  Sonya can be reached at or (417) 326-5506.