Immanuel Lutheran Church
1505 W. Michigan Ave.   •   Jackson, Michigan 49202   •   517-782-6081   •   immanueljacksonelca@gmail.com
 

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Current Staff of Immanuel


David Eidson, Pastor
davidjeidson@yahoo.com

Born and raised in Georgia, Pastor Eidson still sports something of a "southern drawl" in his speech. He holds a BA in Business Administration from Lenoir Rhyne College in Hickory, North Carolina, and a Master of Divinity from the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, South Carolina. Pastor Dave and and his wife Cindi are proud parents of two grown children, Brad, married to Lauren, is a senior at Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio, and Kelsey, is engaged to be married in June, 2014. She is working on her Masters in Elementary Education in Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Tennessee.

Prior to coming to Immanuel, he was pastor of Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jonesboro, Illinois. This is his "third career" following a three year stint as a Time Deposit Manager/Data Processing Specialist for First Union National Bank in Charlotte, North Carolina, and eight years as a Finance Manager with Fronrath Auto Group in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Janet Jaeger, Secretary
immanueljacksonelca@gmail.com

Janet Jaeger has been the secretary of Immanuel since 1996. Her smiling face greets everyone who walks into the office. She and husband Bob have a grown son Karl. He and his wife Nicole live in Jackson and have three daughters.


Janet loves reading, a neighborhood book club, camping, and gardening.

Stop in or call Janet at 517-782-6081 if you have any questions about Immanuel.


Linda Storm, Organist/Accompanist

Linda Storm received a Bachelor of Sacred Music degree in Organ Performance from Lincoln Christian College and a Master of Arts degree in Worship Studies from Lincoln Christian Seminary (IL) and has taken additional graduate studies in Piano Pedagogy at the University of Illinois-Urbana. Linda taught for twenty-four years on the undergraduate faculty of Lincoln (IL) Christian University in the area of Music and Worship Ministry. From 1985 to 2011 she was principal organist and worship choir accompanist at Lincoln Christian Church, Lincoln, IL. A frequent recitalist, Linda has also been a private instructor in piano and organ, adjudicator at music contests and events, and accompanist for numerous soloists, musical ensembles, choirs, and theatre productions. Since moving to the Jackson area in 2011, she has been the accompanist for the Jackson Chorale's Children's Choir and has served as an interim organist at various churches in the area. She currently is an Adjunct Instructor at Spring Arbor University teaching Music Foundation classes and Private Piano. She is a member of the American Guild of Organists. In addition, both Linda and her husband are members of the Jackson Community Chorale.

Linda's husband, Randy, is manager of the Spring Arbor University Bookstore and they have been married for 38 years. They have two grown children and one very exceptional grandson.

Kirk Hoffman, Praise Team Leader
kjkahoff@comcast.net

Kirk is the Praise Team Leader for Immanuel's Saturday worship service. He leads the service, makes musical selections, and plays saxophone. Kirk and his wife Jeanine have been members of Immanuel since 1988. They have two daughters, Kaitlyn, who is married to Nate, and Alysa. They have one grandson Liam. Kirk is a past president of the Congregational Council and currently serves as Council Secretary. He has served on the Finance, Worship and Music, Mutual Ministry, Communications, and Endowment committees. Kirk is Vice President and Director of Financial Planning at GuideStream Financial in Spring Arbor. He enjoys music, boating, fishing, and skiing.

Jason Cunningham, Senior Choir Director
jason.cunningham242@gmail.com


Marie Bruey, Assistant Organist
ajbruey@aol.com


Deb Moore, Custodian
ilcpropertychair@gmail.com

Melissa McElhone, Newsletter Editor
MelissaMcElhone@comcast.net

Melissa has been a member of Immanuel since 2004. She is married to Jamie and they have two boys: Bryan and Brady. Melissa graduated from Cleveland State University and Wayne State University with degrees in English and Theater. Melissa has been Newsletter Editor at Immanuel since 2007. Currently a member of Immanuel's Senior Choir, Melissa has served as a Sunday School Teacher, VBS volunteer, and member of various committees including Fellowship & Recreation and Immanuel's Drama Team. She is a Stephen Minister and has held President and Secretary positions on Church Council.

Melissa spends a lot of time volunteering in her boys' school activities, especially Scholastic Book Fair Coordinator and will work as a substitute teacher in the future.

Melissa McElhone, Wedding Coordinator


Some Key Volunteers


David Reimann, Webmaster
dreimann@albion.edu

Dave and his family have been members of Immanuel since 1996. Dave is a professor of mathematics and computer science at Albion College. He is currently a member of council, where he is the current Financial Secretary; he has also served as Treasurer and President. Dave has also taught Sunday School.
Please send Dave any website changes, questions, comments, or corrections.

Terry Waisanen, Parish Nurse
twaisanen@hotmail.com


Susan Gagahan, Drama Director
skgahagan@cmsenergy.com


Former Pastors


The Rev. Erick Johnson, Pastor from May 14, 2001 to August 31, 2012

Pastor Erick came to us from St Peter Lutheran in Battle Creek, MI. He was Pastor at St. Peter Lutheran for 15 years; before that he was at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Dearborn for 12 years. Pastor Erick Johnson and his wife Delia remain living in Jackson, MI.

The Rev. David Mann, Pastor from about 1988 to August 1999

Pastor David Mann and his wife Carolyn are retired and living in Traverse City, MI.

The Rev. Raymond E. Peterson, Pastor from July 1973 to January 1988

James L. Keyser, Pastor from 1969-1973

J. William Wahl, Pastor from 1961-1969

Everett P. Bunck, Pastor from 1948-1961

Richard A. Miller, Pastor from 1945-1948

Cranston R. Gesell, Pastor from 1942-1944

H.N. Thompson, Pastor from 1929-1941

A.L. Angersbach, Pastor from 1927-1929

Friedolph Nelson, Pastor from 1926-1927

C.P. Weiskotten, Pastor from 1925-1926

Former Interns


The Rev. Scott Mauch
Scott served as a dual congregational seminar intern for Immanuel and St. James from August 2002 to August 2003. He was ordained on May 22, 2004 in his home church of Augustana Lutheran Church in Hobart, Indiana. Scott is currently serving as Pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Lebanon, Indiana.

The Rev. Vicky Blough
Vicky served as a dual congregational seminar intern for Immanuel and St. James from August 2003 to August 2004. She was ordained on August 27, 2005 at Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Elkhart, Indiana. Vicky is serving as Pastor of St. John Lutheran Church in North Liberty, Indiana.

The Rev. Zac Sturm
Zac served as a dual congregational seminar intern for Immanuel and St. James from August 2004 to July 2005. James Lutheran Church. Zac was installed on at Immanuel on Saturday August 28 and Sunday August 29.
He was ordained on July 30, 2006 at MacAuthor Park Lutheran Church in San Antonio, Texas. Zac is currently serving as Pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Kirkwood, Missouri

The Rev. Jessica Lambert
Jessica served as a dual congregational seminar intern for Immanuel and St. James from August 2005 to July 2006. She was ordained on September 16, 2007. St. Paul Lutheran Church in Jersey City, New Jersey


` Eliza Daniel


The Rev. Michelle Werner
Michelle served as our seminary intern from August 2008 to June 2009. She was ordained at St. Paul Lutheran Church in East Lansing, Michigan. Michelle is currently serving as Associate Pastor at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Livonia, Michigan


Paul Friesen-Carper
Paul served as our seminary intern from August 2009 to June 2010.

The Rev. Bridget Thien
Bridget served as our seminary intern from August 2011 to July 2012. She was ordained on January 28, 2012 at New Life Lutheran Church in Bolingbrook, Illinois. Bridget is currently serving as Pastor of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Elgin, Texas.

Sons and Daughters of Immanuel

This section is about former members of Immanuel who went on to seminary.


Pastor Steve Krebill, Bethel Lutheran Church, Middleburg Heights, Ohio

Steve was born and raised in Jackson. He came into the Lutheran Church by being invited as a young child to Vacation Church School at Immanuel by his neighbors, Don and Alice Wiltse. He was baptized AND confirmed at Immanuel on Palm Sunday, April 4, 1971.

The story of how he felt called to ministry is long and circuitous. He earned the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Olivet College, Olivet, Michigan in 1978. After teaching and doing youth work in Toledo, he entered Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Columbus, Ohio in 1982 where he received his Master of Divinity in 1986. Steve was ordained at Immanuel on June 29, 1986.

In 1996, Steve earned the Doctor of Ministry Degree from the Graduate Theological Foundation, Donaldson, Indiana. As part of his seminary training, he spent a year with the people of Advent Lutheran Church, Cleveland, Ohio, as well as a summer in Clinical Pastoral Education at Children's Hospital, Columbus, Ohio.

Pastor Krebill's first call was to Trinity Lutheran Church, Hillsdale, Michigan. Steve was there for 12 years. In 1998, he accepted the call to serve the people of Bethel Lutheran Church, Middleburg Heights, Ohio.


Immanuel Lutheran Church (ELCA)   •   1505 West Michigan Avenue   •   Jackson, Michigan 49202   •   517-782-6081