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 Paul VanDeBerg
Pastor / High School Youth Leader
Pastor Paul grew up in Fredericksburg and Sumner, Iowa. After a typical small-town Iowa upbringing, he attended Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa and received his Bachelor’s of Music Education/Music Therapy in 1997. Pastor Paul then went to the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and received a Masters of Divinity in 2002. He served as pastor of Bethania Lutheran Church in Racine, WI from 2002 to 2007. During his time in Racine Pastor Paul discovered that he has a gift for reaching out to children and youth and wanted to pursue that specific type of ministry. In 2007 he joined the pastoral team at Lutheran Church of the Atonement in Barrington, IL as youth and family minister, focusing on elementary and High School youth.
Pastor Sara VanDeBerg
Pastor Sara VanDeBerg serves as Associate Pastor of Biblical Engagement at Lutheran Church of the Atonement in Barrington, IL. She loves learning, teaching, and connecting with people of all ages, and seeing them connect the word of God to their lives. Pastor Sara was ordained in 2002 and served as a solo pastor in Racine, WI before joining the pastoral team at Atonement in October 2007. Prior to that, she earned her M.Div. from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, and her B.A. in Religion and German from Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, IL. Pastor Paul and Pastor Sara have been married for 18 years, and have worked together for the last 10 years. They have 3 children: Anna (9th grade), Isaac (6th grade), and Eli (4th grade).
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
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.
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.
CHILD CARE DIRECTOR/ADMINISTRATOR
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.
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.