We have to admit that it is a little uncomfortable to make a page all about ourselves. We don’t know that it really matters what college we graduated from or what flavor pizza we like. What does matter is that everyone on staff loves God, loves this church, loves you and loves each other. We spend a great deal of time together just having fun and eating.
So rather than tell you too much about us on our website, we would rather get together with you and get to know you as well.
However, we do want you to know who to contact when you are ready to get involved here at Immanuel and a little about what drives each of us. We look forward to hearing from you and becoming a part of your family as you become a part of ours.
Pastor Martha Butzier
Martha is a second career pastor and life-long Lutheran. She worked as a nurse for many years in a variety of specialties and in different parts of the country. Being a nurse and a pastor has provided her with the privilege of walking with people through the joys and challenges of being human. Martha’s nursing degree is from the University of Iowa, and her Masters of Divinity is from Wartburg Seminary. After assisting her son who had health problems she served as an interim pastor for three different congregations. With God’s nudging, she realized that interim ministry is a good fit for her, so she recently completed training to become an intentional interim pastor. We are people of the resurrection who live in the everlasting promise of new beginnings. It is Martha’s privilege to walk with Immanuel on this stage of our journey.
Pastor Rich Collier
Pastor Collier was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pa. He is a graduate of Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, and holds a Master of Divinity degree from Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa. Rich has been Called to Intentional Interim Ministry in the South Central Synod of Wisconsin. Rich served under Call in North Dakota and in Wisconsin before taking on the challenge of Interim Ministry. He has served as an interim pastor for 22 years in congregations all over our Synod and beyond. Pastor Collier makes his home in Mayville, WI, where he has lived for 15 years. He is a widower, and his daughter Emily and husband Nate live in Fond Du Lac.
CHILDREN’S MINISTRY COORDINATOR
Sarah was raised in Elkhorn and the church has always been a big part of her life. Sunday school and church were an expected part of her Sunday mornings. As she grew older, she developed a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and invited Him into her life. Because her husband’s involvement in the military she spent some time traveling through the states. During this time Sarah was able to earn a B.A. degree in early childhood education. She is hoping to use the gifts God has bestowed upon her to help children develop a further understanding of Christianity, as well as a relationship with Jesus Christ.
JUST FOR KIDS / YOUTH MINISTRY
HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH DIRECTOR
Erin was raised in Lake Geneva, WI, and returned after six years away to raise her family. Erin has been part of the Immanuel family for the past four years, getting married in the new church, and having all her children baptized there; and volunteering with the Vacation Bible Camp for the past three years. Erin has a BA in Social Work from UW-Whitewater, and a Master’s in Clinical Social Work from Loyola University in Chicago. She has worked for three years in child protection in Milwaukee, with mentally ill veterans in a residential facility, with women and children in a homeless shelter in McHenry, and most recently was a Guardian for incompetent adults in Walworth and Racine county. Erin also has experience working as a School Social Work Intern, as well as experience interviewing children that have been sexually assaulted. Currently Erin is a stay-at-home mom that runs her own online health and fitness business, and this ministry position opened up right around when she was starting to look for a part-time local position. Erin may be new to ministry work, but has a lot of faith and experience with trauma to pass on to the youth in our community, as well as the passion to make a difference in the lives of others.
CHILD CARE DIRECTOR/ADMINISTRATOR
Evie is delighted to be the coordinator of ministries at Immanuel, for the opportunity to get to know members, assist with developing new programs, and sustain those already in place. She and her husband Dennis, of 42 years, joined Immanuel just a little over two years ago. They had been attending as guests of their son and family and were “hooked” on what a welcoming, vibrant congregation we have. They have two grown sons and four precious grandchildren, and one very spoiled Puggle. Evie is a retired victim advocate from the county district attorney’s office, a position she never dreamed she would be involved in. God obviously had other plans. Her 16 years in that position was His way of leading her to a ministry in serving those who are grieving. She is a certified bereavement specialist and is excited to be co-facilitation grief support groups.
Michael has been a member of Immanuel since 1995, when he was only 6 years old. He served in the Marine Corps. For 8 years and saw duty in Afghanistan. Michael comes to Immanuel with a strong commitment for doing what it takes to do the job and do it right. A strong work habit taught to him by his parents, who are also long time members, and reinforced and the Marines. Michael is married to Stephanie and they have two children, James and AnnaSophia.
Jeri has been a member of Immanuel since 1989 and Immanuel’s bookkeeper since 2003. She brings a wealth of accounting knowledge and her skills are greatly appreciated. Her job duties include record keeping for accounts payable, accounts recievalbe, and weekly payroll; amongst other uncategorized responsibilities. She is also involved in our beloved cookie ministry and card ministry.
Kathy has been our organist at Immanuel since June, 2001. She has always played in church starting with the piano in 1965 at the Methodist Church in Waterford. Kathy taught piano lessons for years and now enjoys the love and fellowship of all at Immanuel. Kathy studied two years at the conservatory of Music in Milwaukee and two years at the Arts Publication Society of Music in St. Louis, MO. She is also very involved in Community Theater. Kathy has a long history of accompanying for community theaters in the area since 1971 and helping students with solo and ensemble contests. Kathy lives in Burlington with her husband, Craig and two sons, Ben and Nick.
FINANCIAL RECORDING SECRETARY
Don Anderson has been a member of Immanuel since the early 70’s! He has served as our Financial Recording Secretary since 2004. Don inputs data entries for all offerings and keeps important records. He lives in Lake Geneva and is married to Joan.