Church Staff

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  • Kevin Ader, Vacancy 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 In All Things. Share a brief example of a time or a moment when you have felt God IN ALL THINGS?

    When the world seems to be so chaotic, negative, and out of control, it is comforting to remember that Jesus still reigns over all things and promises to set things back to their proper order when He comes again. Even amid the turmoil, I see God's love and creative power when I look at my children's faces. I feel His peace when reading scripture and being reminded of His promises.

    Where is the next place on your travel bucket list and why?

    I've always wanted to visit the Holy Land, but I'm thinking a more resonable "next stop" would probably be the Grand Canyon or a similar spot within the US with my family.

    Hometown: Wisconsin Rapids, WI

    Degree: Lutheran Theology and Ministry

    Contact Tara at (715) 423-3260 ext. 225 or

  • I recently moved back to Wisc. Rapids after being away for 11 years after my husband, Todd, passed away from cancer. I have two daughters that both have stayed in MN so it is just me and my black lab, Ace.  I love spending time with my girls when they come home to visit.  I was a church secretary for six years at Immanuel Lutheran Church and School in Gaylord, MN.  

    I am truly blessed to be back in a church family and have the love and support of the congregation.  That means so much to me because FAMILY is everything to me.

    I look forward to serving in this role and getting to know each and every one of you.


    The school's theme this year is In All Things. Share a brief example of a time or a moment when you have felt God IN ALL THINGS?

    Sitting outside when all is quiet and feel so much at peace. I talk to God and my hubby at moments like this and say "in All Things" with your strength and support.

    If you had 3 wishes that could come true, what would you wish for?

    I would wish for a lake home on the shore, for everyone to be kind, and to be financially stable.


    Hometown: Nekoosa, WI

    Contact Mary at (715) 423-3260 or at

  • 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.

  • Jonathan Blum, Facility Administrator

    I have lived in Wisconsin Rapids for most of my life, with stops in Madison and London along the way. I previously served 4 years as the Administrator for another local Lutheran church. After working as a lawyer, I am excited to serve and support you at Immanuel.

    The school's theme this year is In All Things. Share a brief example of a time or a moment when you have felt God IN ALL THINGS?

    This passage is speaking about Jesus' role in the creation and orderliness of the universe. The laws of nature are really an expression of Christ's will and power. Without Christ, everything in the universe would fly apart and be chaotic. In Christ, they all wonderfully cohere. As a man who prizes orderliness and logic, I am especially thankful for this aspect of Jesus' nature.

    What was the last TV show you binge watched? What are you currently watching?

    Last show: Loki. Current show: the Brewer's pennant race.

    Hometown: Wisconsin Rapids

    Bachelor’s Degree: Economics – Math Emphasis, University of Wisconsin-Madison

    Professional Degree: Juris Doctorate, University of Wisconsin Law School

    Contact Jon at (715) 423-3260 ext. 224 or