troup-tonyRev. Dr. Tony Troup, Administrative Pastor
Pastor Troup is a 1984 graduate of Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, MO. He began serving Immanuel as sole pastor in 1996 and became the administrative pastor of the congregation in July 1997.  Pastor Troup is in charge of Immanuel’s staff and concentrates in the areas of ministry covered by the church’s Board of Spiritual Ministry, Board of Social Ministry, Board of Stewardship, Board of Church Properties, Board of Christian Education, and Church Council.  He also serves on various community and denominational boards.  He completed his Doctor of Ministry degree in August 2009 and participated in the formal ceremony in May 2010.  Pastor Troup and his wife, Cindy, have three children, Tim (Kristen), Christina (Clint), and Elizabeth, two granddaughters, Grace and Avery, and three grandsons, Caleb, Barrett, and Joshua.  Pastor Troup enjoys coin collecting and hiking. You can e-mail Pastor Troup at


demski-merrittRev. Merritt Demski, Associate Pastor
Pastor Demski is a 2016 graduate of Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, MO. He began serving Immanuel as associate pastor in 2016. He teaches 7th Grade Confirmation, Adult Bible Study on Wednesday mornings, and High School/College Bible Study on Sunday mornings. He also concentrates in the areas of ministry covered by the church’s Board of Evangelism and Board of Youth. He and his wife, Veronica, have been married since 2009 and are originally from Northern Illinois. They became parents of a baby girl, Elizabeth Anne (Betty) in January 2018 and are overjoyed!  Pastor Demski enjoys film and literature and spending time with family. You can e-mail him at


clamors-lisaLisa Clamors, Church & Preschool Secretary
Lisa has been the secretary at Immanuel since May 2004.  She and her husband, Rodney, have been active members of Immanuel for many years.  She enjoys spending time with her family and friends as well as scrapbooking & walking.  You can e-mail the church office at


frank-annAnn Frank, Music Director
Ann has been serving as Immanuel’s Music Director since November 2008.  She and her husband, Warren, are a blessing to Immanuel.  Ann is extremely dedicated to her job, and it shows! You can e-mail her at  Visit the Music page for more details about our music programs.


mueller-sandySandy Mueller, Custodian
Sandy has been the custodian at Immanuel since 1997.  She has two children, Tom (Rebecca) and Angie.  Sandy and her husband, Ollney, reside in Waterloo.  When she is not working, Sandy enjoys spending time with her family & friends, scrapbooking & card-making, and camping.


schanz-kenKen Schanz, Groundskeeper & Maintenance
Ken has been our groundskeeper since October 2008.  He and his wife, Nancy (nee Brand), live outside of Baldwin, IL and have been long-time members of Immanuel.  They have two daughters, Rhonda (Eric) & Angie (Jeff), and four grandchildren, Charli, Carson, Tyler, and Kennedy.


polansky-lindaLinda Polansky, Preschool Director
Linda began this role in July 2016 and has been a great addition to our staff.  Linda is ECE Director Qualified with a masters in Elementary Education and a bachelors in Management/Communications.  She & her husband, Bob, live in Waterloo, and have 2 grown children, Sarah (Drew) & Josh, and 1 granddaughter, Adalynn.  You can e-mail Linda at  Visit our Preschool page for more details about our preschool.


Deborah Joellenbeck, Preschool Teacher’s Aide
Deborah began in this role in July 2018 and is a member of Immanuel.  She and her husband Tim have 1 son, TJ, and live in New Athens.  Deborah has been a Sunday School teacher and VBS volunteer for a few years and really enjoys spending time with children.