The Staff

Pastor Craig Bickel

Pastor Craig Bickel

Pastor

I would say I’m a leader in a community of faith because I love seeing ‘eyes of Grace’. That is what excites me as a Pastor, when I am able to look into the eyes of Jesus and see His amazing love for me. I have seen His ‘eyes of grace’ often in my life, and how sweet those times are. I also love when people understand Jesus is looking at them with ‘eyes of Grace’. I love when old and young eyes light up because they know Jesus calls them valuable.

Pastor Tyler Carter

Pastor Tyler Carter

Associate Pastor

I am a disciple of Jesus who is happily married to Natalie and blessed with a beautiful daughter Colby. My focus is serving in the area of Discipleship. God calls us to “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:19-20). I would love to talk with you and see how you can grow closer in your walk with Jesus!

Linda Bartusch

Linda Bartusch

Bell Choir Director

I love serving at Immanuel because of the opportunity it provides to help build up the body of Christ through the amazing gift of music. I am so blessed by all He has daily given me that serving with the bell choirs is just a small way to give Him thanks and praise. It is a gift to share each week in prayer, music and joyful fellowship with the dedicated hand bell ringers who serve with me at Immanuel. To God be the glory!

Michael Brown

Michael Brown

Custodian

What excites me about working at Immanuel is my personal ministry where I get the chance to share my relationship with Jesus with others who may need to know Him. (Psalm 118:17)

Rachel Buckler

Rachel Buckler

Parish Social Ministry

I am grateful for the opportunity to work at Immanuel and feel excited to be serving in our Social Ministry. I especially love that my role allows me to work with the oldest members of our congregation and their families. It is a joy to help these families as they draw closer to each other and their walk with Christ.

Steve Eyerman

Steve Eyerman

Discipleship Coordinator

I love serving at Immanuel because it is a great way for me to grow in my faith. What excites me about discipleship ministry is helping people discover and find ways to use their God-given talents and abilities to glorify Him and serve others. Immanuel provides many opportunities for our members to help connect people to Jesus and we are always looking for more.

Jennifer Fortosis

Jennifer Fortosis

Contemporary Worship Director

I love working at Immanuel because it is a church that serves the Lord right in the heart of a city I love very much! It is an exciting place to grow with others focused on becoming more like Christ.

Leslie Hess

Leslie Hess

Choir Director

God has given me the great privilege of working with music for worship in the Immanuel Lutheran corner of God’s Kingdom. The added bonus is the joy of having His wonderful forgiven people working with me.

Jillian Pruitt

Jillian Pruitt

Administrative Assistant

Serving the people of Immanuel by handling the communications is such a blessing! I enjoy the opportunity I have to love my church family through my job as administrative assistant!

Karen McCarty

Karen McCarty

Human Needs Chair

I feel privileged to serve our Lord as director of Immanuel’s Human Needs ministry. It’s a joy to help mobilize volunteers to meet the needs of the needy outside our congregation.

Jennifer McGraw

Jennifer McGraw

Youth Ministry

I love bringing the love of Christ to the youth of Immanuel Lutheran. The students truly bless me with their inquisitive nature and help me dig deeper into my own faith life. We all learn and grow in the body of Christ as we walk the journey God has laid before us.

Kate Ruffini

Kate Ruffini

Children’s Ministry Director

What excites me about my ministry at Immanuel is the opportunity I have, along with parents, to help build a firm foundation of faith in Immanuel’s children. It is a joyous feeling on Sunday mornings to see the many eager smiles on the faces of Jesus’ little children.

Jennifer Welch

Jennifer Welch

PowerPoint

I enjoy being able to use the creative gifts God has given me to serve the congregation here at Immanuel. Creating the power points really helps to personally prepare my heart and mind for worship.

Emeriti Pastors: Frank Graves and Pastor Fred Krause

Emeriti Pastors: Frank Graves and Pastor Fred Krause

Emeritus Pastor