We believe that the Bible is the inspired error-free, living and powerful Word of God.

We believe in the Holy Trinity - one God in three distinct Persons; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

We believe that it is truly Christian to confess the Creeds which express the truths of God in concise form. These are The Athanasian, The Nicene and The Apostles. We believe that all people, including infants, are to be baptized.

We believe that Holy Baptism indeed has power to save, as the Bible clearly teaches.

We believe that Christ is really and truly present "in, with, and under" the simple bread and wine of Holy Communion in a miraculous, supernatural, and sacramental manner. Because the Bible teaches that improper reception of the Body and Blood of Christ can have devastating consequences, we practice Closed Communion. We invite non-members to inquire further regarding this Biblical practice.

We believe that the Church as Pastor and people gathered around the Word and Sacrament is to proclaim to each other and to the world the Gospel of forgiveness of sins through faith in Christ Jesus. Therefore we hold regular services on Sundays, during Advent and Lent, and other special days, and we send our offerings through LCMS district and national organizations in support of mission efforts both at home and abroad.

We believe that Christian Education is extremely important. Sunday School and Vacation Bible School, and Sunday morning Adult Bible Classes are offered, as well as special adult instruction and occasional topical Bible Studies during the week.

We believe that God is the giver of all that we are and have. As a Bible believing congregation, we seek to "give as we have been given" in all areas of our lives. We believe in the Biblical teaching of "first-fruits, percentage giving" in the area of financial support of the Kingdom, and in good stewardship and proper use of our gifts and talents.

We believe that the Christian life is lived in daily repentance and faith.

We believe that prayer is the faithful activity of Christ's redeemed people and that all prayers prayed in faith and according to God's will are answered.

Zion Lutheran Church, Pleasant Plains IL

Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod



Services suspended until March 31.

Due to COVID-19 and out of concern for the health and safety of our members, guests and staff; all services are suspended until l further notice. The situation is fluid. Please watch this website for updates in case changes are made.


Devotion messages available.

Audio Message from Pastor Pritchard Mar 28 2020

Worship Folder for Pastor Pritchard's Mar 28 2020 message (PDF)

Video of Pastor Pritchard's Mar 28 2020 message (YouTube link)


Audio Message from Pastor Pritchard Mar 21 2020


Message to Members and Friends of Zion

These are certainly trying times for everyone the world around. As we endure these days, we want you to know that should anyone have a need, please call Pastor Pritchard. Volunteers stand ready to help, whatever the need may be. We are working on making brief devotional services available via the Internet. Please check this website for announcements. Also, please add the Zion congregation to your daily prayers; especially for those who are most at risk. A great time would be when your daily devotions with Portals of Prayer and/or Bible reading.

We will get through this trying time together, and then return to our church facility to Pray, Praise, Give Thanks, and receive the Sacrament of Holy Communion when the "New Normal" is established.

God Bless you and keep you safe meanwhile.

-Pastor Pritchard



Sunday Service (suspended)

Sunday School 9:00 a.m.

Divine Worship 10:15 a.m.




525 N Cartwright St
Pleasant Plains IL
Phone: (217) 626-1282
Fax: (217) 626-1953
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


 The church is located across the street from Pleasant Plains High School.





Rev. Donald Pritchard



Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod

The official site of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod. Zion Lutheran is a member congregation of the LCMS.

Central Illinois District, LCMS

Zion Lutheran Church is in the Central Illinois District of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod.

Springfield Lutheran High School

Lutheran High School in Springfield, Illinois. Empowered by God, Lutheran High School, builds a Christ centered family to equip students spiritually, intellectually, and physically for services to God and society. Zion Lutheran Church is a member of Springfield Lutheran High School Association.


The Central Illinois Lutheran Camp Association. The camp is located in rural Cantrall, IL, about 10 miles north of Springfield IL. It exists to foster and strengthen faith in Jesus Christ and relationships with others in a unique outdoor setting.

Concordia Publishing House

The publishing arm of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. CPH offers a wide range of products including items for curriculum, adult Bible study, Vacation Bible school, youth materials, music resources, professional and consumer books, periodicals, software solutions and worship resources. CPH publishes the Lutheran Service Book Which is the hymnal Zion Lutheran Church uses.

Higher Things

The mission of Higher Things® is to assist parents, pastors, and congregations in cultivating a distinctively Lutheran identity among their youth and young adults.

Issues, Etc.

Issues Etc. is a radio talk show hosted by LCMS Pastor Todd Wilken and produced by Lutheran Public Radio. Topics include; Soldiers and their families, good works, the federal government and science, gossip, Christianity in Sudan and more. Podcasts are available on their website.

Brothers of John the Steadfast

The Brothers of John the Steadfast brings together Lutheran laymen to defend and promote the orthodox Christian faith which is taught in the Lutheran Confessions, provide financial support for Christian news media (e.g. Issues Etc.) and to support other endeavors selected by its membership that defend and promote the cause of confessional Lutheranism.

Lutheran Women's Missionary League (LWML)

Lutheran Women's Missionary League (LWML) is the official Women's auxiliary of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS).