Church Staff

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  • 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 three 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
  • I graduated from Concordia University, St. Paul in 2008 and earned my DCE certification in 2009 through the 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. One of my biggest joys is bringing my daughter (born July, 2016) to worship with this wonderful family of believers!  I cannot wait to see how God will continue to use our Immanuel family to raise up my little girl, and the many other young ones in our congregation.   

    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

    What is something that may have recently changed in your life and how has God shown you, through that experience, how He never changes?

    My family underwent some extreme changes this year, and it was an incredibly difficult experience.  There was a lot of pain, frustration, and doubt, but God provided me with strength and peace that I never could have found on my own.  God continued to place people in my life that helped to support and encourage me, when things seemed so dark.  God continued to love and care for all of us, and I know that He always will!

    Hometown: Wisconsin Rapids, WI

    Degree: Lutheran Theology and Ministry

    Contact Tara at (715) 423-3260 or

  • I moved to Wisconsin Rapids in August, 2014 to be closer to my daughter and her family. And in February 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 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.

  • I have a son attending at Immanuel (4th grade). A daughter in 9th grade at Wisconsin Valley Lutheran High School.  Another daughter just starting her 3nd year at UW-Marshfield/Wood County pursuing a degree in graphic art design, and 2 step-children attending school in Granton (9th and 11th grades).  My husband is a AI Technician with NorthStar Cooperative. 

    For those who know be best: They would say I always try to have a smile on my face.  Devoted mother and wife.  Always willing to lend a helping hand.

    When I was young I always wanted to be: a teacher and a mother.  And to help others.

    I love spending time with my children and husband. Singing makes me happy! (so does a good cup of coffee)

    What was the last movie you went to? What did you think?

    The last movie I went to was Cars 3. It was good. Even better was spending time with my children passing the big popcorn bucket across the long line of us.

    What is your favorite zoo animal?

    My favorite zoo animal would be a tiger (any of the cat family). I love their HUGE paws and imagine how it must feel to pet their nose and ears. So soft!!!

    What is something that may have recently changed in your life, and how has God shown you, through that experience, how He never changes?

    Recently our daughter, Caitlyn, started her 9th grade year at Wisconsin Valley Lutheran High School in Mosinee.  The first few days were really hard for her (and me too). She had attended Immanuel since kindergarten, and this was her first time in a new school, classmates, teachers, and away from me.  Because of her firm foundation that the teachers and staff taught her over the years, she was able to adjust and fit right in to her new school.

    Hometown: Eau Claire, WI

    Degree: American Studies: Working in a Global Economy, Bachelor of Science from UW Stevens Point - 2011