Rev. Merritt Demski, Administrative Pastor
Pastor Demski is a 2016 graduate of Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, MO. He served his vicarage and 4th year of field work at Immanuel. He then began serving Immanuel as Associate Pastor in 2016. In 2019 he became Immanuel’s Administrative Pastor. He teaches various Bible studies at Immanuel and serves the community and synod in a variety of ways. He and his wife, Veronica, have one daughter. Pastor Demski enjoys film and literature and spending time with family. You can e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rev. Dr. Tony Troup, Associate 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. In 2019 he and Pastor Demski switched pastoral roles in the congregation. He teaches Bible studies at Immanuel and serves on various boards in the local community and the LCMS as a whole. 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 email@example.com.
Lisa 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. They become host parents in 2018 to two young men, Kunqi & Minseok, and are enjoying every minute of it. She enjoys spending time with Rodney & her boys, other family and friends as well as scrapbooking & walking. You can e-mail the church office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ann 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 email@example.com. Visit the Music page for more details about our music programs.
Sandy 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.
Ken 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.
Linda Polansky, Preschool Director
Linda began the role as Preschool Director/Teacher in July 2016 and has been a great addition to our staff. Linda is ECE Director Qualified with a masters in Elementary Education from the University of Phoenix and a bachelor’s in Management/Communications from Concordia University-Mequon. She is dedicated to serve our very young children in the community. Linda does all that she can to make sure that each preschool student thrives academically in order to succeed in BIG school to the best of his/her abilities. Just as important, she recognizes that positive emotional/social learning experiences help young children grow into happy helpful and caring adults. With Jesus as the center of the classroom, her preschool students understand that they are loved and respected unconditionally. Linda & her husband, Bob, live in Waterloo, and have 2 grown children, Sarah (Drew) & Josh, and 2 grandchildren, Adalynn and Drake. When she is not teaching, Linda is playing bells at church, going on mission trips, leading preschool VBS and working with children and staff at Camp Wartburg. Linda has spent half her life working with children and will continue to do so as long as God leads her down this path to teach and nurture our very young and most precious gifts. You can e-mail Linda at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 618-980-3475. 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.