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It is good to be back once again in Wisconsin Rapids! Immanuel was the first church I served following graduation from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis in 2011 and is also where I was ordained. It is a tremendous honor and privilege to be called once again to serve the faithful members of Immanuel as your pastor.
My wife Robyn and I have been married since 2005 and have two boys Micah and Eli who are looking forward to spending their summer hanging out at the new aquatic center and reconnecting with old friends, while also making new ones over the summer before they resume school next fall at ILS. Robyn and I also are looking forward to reconnecting with all of you!
I am passionate about connecting people to God's Word and empowering them to use their gifts and talents they have received from God.
"For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them." ~Romans 12:4-6a
Vicar, if you're wondering, basically means that I am a pastor in training. I finished my first two years of study at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis and now have a year of practical training under the guidance of Pastor Ritter. The Lord Jesus has blessed me far more than I deserve by placing me here with you at Immanuel for this year.
My wife Mary and my two-year-old son Stephen are so excited to be here as well. You may bump into them around town—maybe at a park or grocery shopping or eating ice cream or at MOPS or Wednesday nights and Sunday mornings. No matter the time or place, they're both excited to meet you.
I look forward to learning from you all this year, and I'm confident you have plenty to teach me about serving the people of God. Jesus made sure you and I would be here together at this time and place, and I just can't wait to see what Jesus is up to.
"I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes"- Romans 1:16
I 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 have two siblings that still live in the area, my brother in Rapids, and my sister out Grand Rapids/Kellner. 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 absolutely love working in the office setting. I hope I serve all the congregation with the blessing of my work here. I will bring my compassion, my love of the Lord, and my enjoyment to help in any way to make Immanuel Lutheran Church and School a better place.
Hometown: Nekoosa, WI
Contact Mary at (715) 423-3260 or at email@example.com
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.