Church Staff

Immanuel is blessed to have a wonderful staff, committed to proclaiming God's truth as taught in the Holy Scriptures. Our staff works hard to serve both the people of Immanuel as well as those in our community. Please take the time to read more about them below, but better yet...meet them in person so that they can get to know you!


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  • I look forward to meeting you soon. Barb and I have been here over 10 years, and they have been good years. We have seen our Christian Fellowship here at Immanuel grow and become that Christ-Centered and Family-Friendly place we want to be. Thank you to our disciples here at Immanuel! We've called a number of places home, including, White Bear Township, MN; Sioux City, IA; St. Louis, MO; Shakopee, MN; and now Wisconsin Rapids, WI. We have two grown children, Kevin, married to Carissa with our grandchildren (Cadyn, Oaklynn, Arbor, Aspen and ???) and our daughter Paula, all who live in the Twin Cities area. Barb and I will be celebrating 32 years of marriage. She loves music. Here are a few things about me.    


    What's the #1 most played song on your iPod/CD etc? 

    Lord Have Mercy and Ancient Words by Michel W. Smith


    What is the furthest west and south you have traveled? 

    Barb and I traveled To Hawaii in May in 2016  and in 2008 we traveled to Hong Kong and Mainland China (I guess China is west)


    What is your favorite thing about being "saved to serve" at Immanuel Lutheran Church and school? 

    # 1--that I am Saved by Jesus and I love being part of God's team here.


    Hometown: Sioux City, Iowa

    Sports Teams: Minnesota Twins, Minnesota Vikings and Nebraska Cornhuskers. (Probably means I'm not quite a Wisconsin Resident. But I have fun poking the Packer fans. 


    Contact Pastor John at (715)  423-3260 or pjohn@immanuelrapids.com.
  • Jonathan D. Petzold, Associate Pastor

    I received my BA from Concordia University, Mequon, WI in 2012 and graduated from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO with my Master of Divinity in May 2016. My wife, Christa, and I are from Ypsilanti, MI. We have two kids, love parenting, and love seeing what Jesus is up to in the community. We have a heart for young adults and young families, and we can't wait to see what Jesus has in store for the future of his church in our next generations!

    What is your favorite nursery rhyme? 
    Hail to the Victors

    What are your ten favorite foods? 
    Pizza, Cheesy Ham Casserole, Pancakes, Bacon, Cheeseburgers, Aged Cheddar, Nachos, Pie, Ice Cream, Chocolate anything. This is my idea of a healthy and well-balanced diet.

    What is your favorite thing about being "saved to serve" at Immanuel Lutheran Church and School? 
    I love getting to know our students, parents, teachers, staff, and anyone I can in the community and learning about their story. What I love about being saved to serve is that I get to join Jesus in what he's up to here in Wisconsin Rapids and see what he's already been doing in people's lives. It makes my job fun because I get to see Jesus on the move everywhere!

    Hometown: Ypsilanti, MI

    Degree: MDiv - Concordia Seminary - St. Louis


    Contact Pastor Jonathan at (715) 423-3260 or jpetzold@immanuelrapids.com.
  • I graduated from Concordia University, St. Paul in 2008 and earned my DCE certification in 2009 through their colloquy program. I am originally from Wisconsin Rapids and am very happy to be back 'home'; it is such a blessing to be called to serve our community through Immanuel Lutheran Church and school. My husband Nick and I have been married since August of 2009, and we are blessed with a son, PJ, a daughter Brooklyn (both old enough to participate in all of our youth activities! Eek!), and our newest addition, Maggie, born July 26, 2016.


    What TV show do you remember watching as a child? 

    Care Bears


    Do you prefer fruits or vegetables or love them both? Which fruit or vegetable is your favorite? 

    Fruit - Pineapple


    Hometown: Wisconsin Rapids, WI


    Degree: Lutheran Theology and Ministry



    Contact Tara at (715) 423-3260 or tbarrett@immanuelrapids.com.

  • I moved to Wisconsin Rapids in August, 2014 to be closer to my daughter and her family. And in February, 2015 is when I was blessed with the job of Immanuel Lutheran's Church Secretary. Immanuel is such a wonderful place to work...everyone has welcomed me and brought me in as part of the Immanuel family. And I love family....I absolutely adore my grand children and love spending quality time with them along with my daughter and son-in-law. I come from a large family, I have 7 brothers and 7 sisters who live all over the United States. But most of all I love the Word of God. And through all the different avenues Immanuel has to offer I am able to Worship and Praise and learn more about my Lord and Savior every day. I've truly been blessed!!


    What is the best place you have ever visited and why?

    The best place I have ever visited would be the mountains of the Southwest United States.

    The reason why is how overwhelmed I am every time I am in the mountains to be able to witness all of God's splendor and breathtaking beauty.


    Would you prefer to go horse back riding, water skiing, or zip lining? Why?

    I would prefer horse back riding. I love horses and used to ride some when I was a kid. Had a bad experience and haven't ridden much since, but always wanted to conquer that fear I've had since then. I would also like to try zip lining (it looks very exciting). 


    What is your favorite thing about being "saved to serve" at Immanuel Lutheran Church and School?

    Being able to help others...like Ruby's Pantry for instance. I am thankful to be in the position to be able to help and serve others. I was not always this blessed. And am very thankful that people took the time to help and serve me with the love of Jesus. God is Good, All the Time!!



    Contact Marlene at (715) 423-3260.

  • Cathy joined our staff in 2011. She is married to Brian and has 5 children living at home. Her oldest daughter is attending college. Cathy serves our church and school wearing many hats. She serves as our bookkeeper and as a 4k-classroom Aid.