Pastor and Staff
Pastor Michael Schleider has been our pastor since 2009. He is originally from Texas and has been married for over 30 years to his wife Kimberly. They have two children, Stacie and James, and four grandchildren. Pastor Schleider holds a Masters of Divinity degree from Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Indiana. He is a veteran of the US Marines and was employed for several years as the Chief of a rural sheriff’s department. Before being called into full-time ministry, Pastor Schleider served in the church for years as a volunteer youth counselor and also as an elder. He also has experience in jail ministry where he taught faith-based substance abuse classes.
When he is not reaching out to his unchurched neighbors, caring for those around him, or studying the Bible, Pastor Schleider enjoys hunting, fishing, cycling, hiking, riding his Harley, or just about anything else that will get him outdoors so that he can enjoy God’s awesome creation.
You can contact Pastor Schleider at
Principal Richard Meyers has been with Avilla Christian Academy since 2014. He holds a Masters in Theology degree (Th. M) and is certified to teach the 7th through 12th grades. He has taught English since 2004 in three Arkansas schools and has been an active member of Zion since 2000. He has been happily married to his wife Tammy for over 25 years, and together they have two sons, Joseph and Sawyer, and two grandsons.
You can contact Mr. Meyers at