Church Staff

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  • Kevin Ader, Support Pastor

    Pastor Kevin Ader currently serves at St. John, Kellner and is supporting Immanuel  while we seek to fill our Senior Pastor position. 


    We are very grateful to Pastor Ader for being willing to serve as our Support Pastor. 

  • 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. My husband Ryan and I are blessed with two children: Maggie (born July, 2016) and Mack (November 2020).   I cannot wait to see how God will continue to use our Immanuel family to raise up our children, and the many other young ones in our congregation.   


    The school's theme this year is Everlasting Rock. How is Jesus your Everlasting Rock? What does our theme verse mean to you?

    There is a lot of comfort in the many scipture passages that compare God and His Word to rocks, cornerstones, etc. The Word and promises of God are not only reliable, but everlasting! God's wisdom does not change or grow outdate as we often see in the "wisdom" of this world. It is incredibly encouraging to know that when I follow God, I follow the Truth that will never change! 


    If you had only one sense (smell, touch, taste, etc.) which would you want? Why?

    Taste! I love food and I love to cook! Though, really, I would hate to miss out on smelling, seeing, or feeling any part of God's wonderful creation!


    Are you an introvert or an extrovert? Explain how you know.

    I was born an extrovert who has developed introverted tendencies over time.  ;)  I have always been energized by being around people, but I've recently learned to appreciate quiet moments to myself to recharge.  



    Hometown: Wisconsin Rapids, WI

    Degree: Lutheran Theology and Ministry



    Contact Tara at (715) 423-3260 ext. 225 or tdarling@immanuelrapids.com.

  • I moved to Wisconsin Rapids in August, 2014 to be closer to my daughter and her family. And in January of 2015 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 our Lord and Savior every day. I've truly been blessed!!


    The school's theme this year is Everlasting Rock. How is Jesus your Everlasting Rock? What does our theme verse mean to you?

    I know that Jesus is my Everlasting Rock when going through tough times in life. He is my rock and salvation which gives me courage when I need it most. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. 


    What's your favorite way to spend a day off?

    My favorite way to spend my day off is being with family, especially the grandkids who bring me joy. It's always fun grilling out or just hanging out together. 


    Hometown: Leonore , IL


    Contact Marlene at (715) 423-3260 ext.220 or mmertens@immanuelrapids.com

  • Caitlin Shuda, Director of Contemporary Music

    I grew up in Wisconsin Rapids and at Immanuel, and I’m excited to share my love of music and worship with my extended church family here. Music has always been a big part of my life. I started playing piano when I was 4, transitioned to cello at 10, joined Gospel Choir in college at UW-Eau Claire, and taught myself guitar and ukulele since graduating and returning to Wisconsin Rapids. I am blessed to use the talents God gave me in ministry at Immanuel.

     

    When I had surgery and radiation treatments several years ago, this congregation gave me so much support, love and prayers, and I am happy to be able to return some of that support and love through my role here.

     

    The school's theme this year is Everlasting Rock. How is Jesus your Everlasting Rock? What does our theme verse mean to you?

    When I think of Jesus being our Everlasting Rock, there are several songs that come to mind, but it’s most comforting to know when everything in the world seems to fall apart, we find comfort, refuge and stability in Christ.

     

    “When I feel my hope about to break / I will cling to Your unchanging grace / Let the waters come and the earth give way / I'll be dancing in the rain! / My feet are on the rock” -My Feet are on the Rock by I Am They

     

    If you had only one sense (smell, touch, taste, etc.) which would you want? Why?

    If I had only one sense, I would pick hearing. I love listening to music and worship, and I love hearing other people share their stories.

      

    Are you an introvert or an extrovert? Explain how you know.

    I am a mix of both. I used to be more introverted when I was younger, but I have grown into my extroverted side as I have gotten older. I get energized being around people, but I also need some time to myself to recharge.