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9c47b595-59ff-461b-8314-aa0c93346372@2xBraun Campbell  - Senior Pastor

Pastor Campbell grew up in the Midwest, but following college spent the majority of the next 25 years in the national capital area. A second-career pastor, his journey in ministry took him to the seminary after working in the professional services industry. As a 2006 seminary graduate, he was called to serve at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Alexandria, VA. Fourteen years later, he accepted the Call to serve the people of Immanuel and the Belvidere community in the joy of the gospel. He and his wife, Leslie, are looking forward to raising their two imaginative children here in northern Illinois, sharing God’s grace in Christ Jesus. When he gets the chance to do so, Pastor Campbell enjoys snowboarding, videogaming, and staying current on pop culture.

9d873092-de6f-42f3-a5c0-fd961361436f@2xKeith Richard - Assistant Pastor

Pastor Richard was ordained in 2015 but has been serving full time in ministry for 20 years. As a DCE, a classroom teacher, and now as a pastor he enjoys teaching, preaching, and sharing the Gospel with people in need. He served at St. John Lutheran in Wheaton, IL for 9 years before arriving at Immanuel in 2007. Being a husband to his amazing wife and a dad to his three wonderful children brings him joy beyond words. He relaxes by spending time outside, being active, and watching New England sports teams win championships.

2315ecd5-d9eb-4780-b1e6-17f7cad221ca@2xRick Wagner - Immanuel North Pastor

Richard Wagner served as Assistant Pastor of Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Kansas City, Missouri, (July 1973 – January 1978) where he worked in the areas of Youth and Evangelism. He accepted a call to being a mission church in Warsaw, Missouri. He served as the first pastor of Faith Lutheran Church, Warsaw, Missouri (February 1978-February 1994). Pastor Wagner was called to St. Andrew Lutheran Church, Rockton, IL in February 1994. He served St. Andrew until his retirement in 2011. Several years following “retirement,” Pastor Wagner began assisting at Immanuel North, Poplar Grove, Il. He is currently part-time on the staff of Immanuel Lutheran as the “point pastor” for Immanuel North. In 1971, he married Karen Schmidt of St. Louis, MO. Karen went to be with her Lord following a battle with cancer in 2000. By the grace and love of God, Richard Wagner met Deborah Backman of Rockton, IL. They were married July 6, 2002. They now make their home in Roscoe, IL. Rick and Debbie together have 4 children and 6 grandchildren.

3010e4b9-fd91-4294-857d-982e6dd8a237@2xSue Piske - Ministry Involvment

Sue started working at Immanuel in the fall of 1997. She has enjoyed serving in many different roles on the church staff. Currently she serves as Ministry Involvement/Member Care Coordinator and oversees the Comfort Dog Ministry. Sue and her husband Doug have been married for 35 years and are the proud parents of a son, 3 daughters, 3 son-in-law’s and have 3 granddaughters and two (soon to be 3) grandsons. She enjoys spending time with family, reading, scrapbooking and bringing Jesus mercy and love to people thru the Comfort Dog Ministry.

225615569_10227273456770884_3156734464494238876_nJosh Wold - Director of Youth Ministries

Josh has been the Director of Youth Ministries since 2012 when he moved to Illinois from Michigan.  He grew up in Iowa on a farm and is married to his wife Carmella with two kids, Dennis and Angelina.  He is a HUGE Iowa Hawkeye fan, loves a good latte', and his calling in life is to help connect with students to help them grow in their faith.

a5ea8465-3fe3-4ea6-b3f2-4985d5440591@2xAndrea Davis - Youth Ministry Assistant

Andrea has worked at Immanuel since 2010. She joined Immanuel in 1999 when her youngest started school at Immanuel. She is married & has 4 kids, 3 boys & 1 girl. She spends a lot of her free time going to various sporting events for her children. She loves theater and helps with Main Street Players of Belvidere (the local theater group). 

b138d65f-9de7-46f4-af4c-8f19bcc05743@2xSarah Kortze - Director of Children & Family Ministries

Sarah started directing Immanuel's Children's Ministry after 5 years teaching high school English at Rockford Lutheran. While her current position involves more silly songs and fewer research papers, at the heart of both is her love of finding new and engaging ways to connect kids to Christ. Outside of work, Sarah enjoys reading (and re-reading) "Dog's Colorful Day" with her daughter, Michaela, and convincing her husband, Aaron, to watch and discuss reality TV together. 

5388fbaa-0f3f-4e81-8172-4ba371674e90@2xAaron Kortze - Director of Worship Arts

Aaron has been a team member at Immanuel since 2014.  He went to college at Concordia Nebraska and Notre Dame for music.  He is married to his wife Sarah and has a daughter Michaela.  He enjoys running, the cubs, the Office, and spending time with friends and family.  His passion is helping others experience and enjoy God through music.

3334b402-1438-41a8-b61f-baf9cf6c47fd@2xDan Albrecht - Church Music

Mr. Dan Albrecht began his career here at Immanuel in 1983, being called to serve as 4th grade teacher and Parish Music Director. Today his teaching responsibilities in the school are more music related. He also copiously follows the direction of Immanuel’s principal, filling in and teaching in various subject areas where needed. His duties as Parish Music Director are varied, working together with other musicians here in the congregation.

Mr. Albrecht holds two degrees, one a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education and the other a Masters in Church Music.

Dan and his wife Mary are proud parents of three grown children, two of whom are married, with the last one getting married this coming May. A grand son has also recently joined their family ranks!

0ca97aa9-6ba4-4dc3-9091-1965f2474f1e@2xMichael Peterson - Director of Communications/Technology

Michael has only been the Communications Director since 2018 but has been a member of Immanuel his whole life.  He graduated from Immanuel, and then Rockford Lutheran.  He enjoys spending time with his family, his dog Xero, and playing games online with friends.

95b2ff42-f910-4200-bc9e-8286634f8761@2xAnne Wetzel - Church Office Administrator

Anne has worked at Immanuel for 12 years as the Administrative Assistant.  She has been a lifelong member and really enjoys interacting with people on a daily basis.  She has been married to her husband Al for 9 years and between the two of them they have 4 adult boys.  She enjoys flea marketing and traveling.

d0f5e52d-d67b-42a9-ab44-c5d4266ad19a@2xBrenda McElroy - Director of Helping Hands

Brenda has been a member of Immanuel for 18 years. She has been at Helping Hands for 8 years. She is also a Handler for Kye and Bekah Comfort Dogs.

f325d118-2e73-4c5c-89ce-29e7d0d48ca0@2xClaudia Hauch - Finance

Claudia has 51 years of experience in Finance and has worked at Immanuel since 2004. Claudia & her husband Jim have been members of Immanuel since 1989 when Jim was called to teach at ILS. Claudia enjoys making Immanuel’s Baptismal napkins, quilting and reading in her spare time.

89b9952c-bad6-49a3-92ce-71ff7e1e6682@2xSally Stegmann - Membership Assistant

Sally has been employed part-time at Immanuel since April, 2014, after retiring as a school secretary with Belvidere School District #100. She has been a member of Immanuel since her marriage in 1971. When not helping at the church office, she mainly enjoys reading, keeping track of the Chicago Cubs, and being with family and friends.

8fed81ab-be14-4fc7-a7da-06b00aea6779@2xFrank Bisconti – Director of Operations / Treasurer

After three (3) years as the Founding CFO for Elgin Math and Science Academy, Frank joined the Immanuel Team on March 1, 2021. Frank’s career includes 12 years in the entertainment business, 20 years as a C-level executive, 10 years as a business consultant, has hosted three (3) radio talk shows, and is the author of the book, It’s My turn to be an Entrepreneur – Everything You Need to Know Before You Start a Business. Frank was born in NY, grew up in NJ, lived and worked in FL, WI and IL. He has one son, Frankie, a DePaul University graduate, now working in Chicago. Frank loves playing golf and piano and is quite the cook.



Immanuel Lutheran School is one of the largest ministries at Immanuel.  here students from Pre-K 3 - 8th Grade come and learn at the highest level academically and also learn about how they are baptized children of God saved through Jesus.



Trisha Engel - School Principal

Trisha Engel started her teaching ministry at St. Paul Lutheran School in Chicago, IL, where she taught students in fifth/sixth grade and first/second grade. She served two schools in Seymour, Indiana as teacher and principal before returning to northern Illinois in 2021. Trisha holds a BSEd in Elementary Education from Concordia University Chicago, an MA in Urban Schooling from Concordia University Chicago, and am MSEd in Educational Leadership from Indiana University. The Engel family consists of Trisha, Clayton, and their two cats. In her free time, Trisha likes to read, play board games, and exercise. 


Judy Fiene - Resource Teacher



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376ff48e-ba08-49a0-a65a-880b3d41f92b@2xDawn Vaudt - PreK 3 Teacher









Chelsea Hatfield - PreK 3 Teacher AideHatfield_Chelsea_131


Natalie Drella - PreK 4 Teacher

54b49d54-d380-48f4-b3ab-eb12f006c6d6Mrs. Natalie Drella is teaching her twelfth year of preschool at Immanuel. Prior to that she taught preschool for almost eight years in public school. Before becoming a teacher Natalie worked as a case manager with the mentally ill. She graduated from North Park College with degrees in Early Childhood Education and Psychology. Natalie also earned her Master’s Degree from Saint Xavier University. Natalie enjoys spending her free time with her children and her husband. She likes to hike in the mountains, paddle board, read, and spend time with her dogs. She loves animals and nature and enjoys sharing that love with her students.

ca21a2d4-ea16-40e7-acaf-a7298a33a47fChristine Kolk - PreK4 Teacher Assistant








Erika Richardson - PreK 4 Teacher

0ea31e42-9258-4cd8-aa5b-aeec1f8858d4Mrs. Ericka Richardson, one of the newest members of our team. Mrs. Richardson teaches PreK4 at Immanuel. She graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in Elementary Education.

Ericka married her husband Mike and taught preschool for two years before staying home full time to take care of her four children. The Richardsons currently have a daughter and son at the University of Kansas and two daughters at Rockford Lutheran High School. They are thankful that all four of their children attended ILS from kindergarten through 8th grade. ILS has been a huge blessing to their family! The thing that brings Ericka the most joy is having all six members of her family under the same roof. She also enjoys walking their dog, watching Kansas basketball, and listening to books on Audible. It has been a huge blessing to her (and a great deal of fun) to work with four year olds again!



Andrea Farone - PreK4 Teacher Assistant Farone_Andrea_95 


Arlene Torres - Kindergarten Teacher07bd05a3-1e39-4908-aef7-8a56c1a704b8






Peggy Phillips - Kindergarten Teacher

4fa86225-0cb4-428c-9641-f67c6772277dMrs. Phillips has been teaching at Immanuel Lutheran school for eight years. Prior to teaching at Immanuel, she taught preschool, kindergarten, and second grade at Good Shepherd in Elgin. Mrs. Phillips earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Eastern Illinois University where she met her husband Andy. She has also worked as a teacher and substitute in public school. Mrs. Phillips has two daughters who attended Lutheran school in Elgin. She strongly believes that their education in a Lutheran school has shaped who they are as young adults today. In her free time, Peggy enjoys playing games with family and Bunco with friends. She likes to cook with her daughter Emily. She also enjoys listening to music and going to concerts.

Carinna Siksna - 1st Grade Teacher

40267734-83ea-4ce2-b741-45293743d2c3Carinna joined the team at Immanuel in the fall of 2020 as our first grade teacher. Carinna is trained not only as a Lutheran teacher, but also a Director of Christian Education. She graduated from Concordia University Chicago in 2019. Carinna enjoys spending time with her family and friends outside of work. She also loves crafting and cooking!




Tara Oetting - 2nd Grade Teacher

25a39e81-5442-4d5c-8a1f-e058db77e4baMrs. Tara Oetting is our 2nd grade teacher at Immanuel. She has taught PreK for more than 10 years including her time at Immanuel, in New York, and in Texas, taking a long break in the middle to stay home with her children. Tara graduated from Concordia University Nebraska with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. She also earned her Master’s from CUNE. Her children, Joshua and Julie, went to Immanuel for 10 years and are now sophomores at Rockford Lutheran. Katy, her youngest daughter, is currently a fourth grader at Immanuel. Tara enjoys spending her free time with her children and her husband. She likes to garden and do projects around their farm. She also enjoys scrapbooking, cooking, and watching her children in their various sports and activities.


Erika Fornander - First/Second GradeFornander_Erika_104


Brittney Erwin - 3rd Grade Teacher

380eb989-dbe3-478e-8a33-f04f1516eee5Mrs. Brittney Erwin teaches third grade at Immanuel. Brittney is in her second-year teaching at Immanuel and became a member of the church last year. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Concordia University Chicago in 2016. She spent her first year teaching in Pennsylvania. Besides teaching Brittney loves to read, spend time with her husband, and play with her two dogs. 




Dana Berg - 4th Grade TeacherBerg_Dana_17


Cindy Gnewuch - 5th Grade Teacher

51eb2af8-fdcf-40dd-ac86-44d2e27f05e6Cindy Gnewuch, our fifth grade teacher, joined ILS in August 2017. The Lord has blessed her with various ministry opportunities throughout her life. She has served Lutheran churches and schools in Illinois, Missouri, Michigan, South Carolina, and Virginia as a classroom teacher, principal, music director, organist, and university instructor. Special memories in her ministry include having the privilege to serve as the organist and song leader for three LWML district conventions, producing numerous church & school musical productions, building a home on a Mexicali mission trip, and sharing God’s love with the children and adults with whom she has worked. Mrs. Gnewuch feels that God has given each child his or her own unique talents and abilities. She feels that it is her responsibility to assist students in determining the learning strategies that will allow them to reach their highest potential

Leslie Johnson - 6th Grade Teacher

73e4a07d-9065-4d03-bc9d-fa3c79ac3f17Mrs. Johnson joined the Immanuel faculty in 2005. She has over 20 years of teaching experience in both public and Lutheran education and has taught students ages three to 21. Mrs. Johnson serves as a sixth grade homeroom teacher and is responsible for teaching sixth grade Religion/Memory; sixth, seventh, and eighth grade Literature and Language Arts; and sixth and seventh grade Art.

Mrs. Johnson earned a B.S. in Education from Illinois State University and an M.A. in British and American Literature from Northern Illinois University. She completed the Colloquy program through Concordia University's Continuing Education Network and was called to ministry at Immanuel in 2012.

Mrs. Johnson is married, has four adult children, two dogs, and three granddogs. Mrs. Johnson's children attended Immanuel Lutheran School. The excellent Christian education they received motivated her to join the teaching staff. She enjoys reading, singing, working in her yard, and spending time with her children.

Jason Pedersen - 7th Grade Teacher

9b02be6b-0353-42f5-9670-b13a40820901Mr. Jason Pedersen teaches seventh grade at Immanuel.  He also teaches middle school social studies and computer classes for grades first through eighth. Previously, Jason taught and coached for ten years at Harvard Junior High School in Harvard, IL.  Jason attended Augustana College for his Bachelor’s Degree in geography and earned his teaching certificate and Master’s degree from National Louis University. Jason has always been active in sports.  He was a three sport athlete in high school and college. He spends his free time cheering on Chicago sports teams. He enjoys coaching, and especially enjoys playing basketball, soccer, and baseball in the backyard with his three kids Marie, Kent, and Jimmy. Jason and his wife Erin have been members of Immanuel since 2014. 

Jeff Schaefer - 8th Grade Teacher

46ea2880-e322-417a-802d-aee68689c6ecMr. Jeff Schaefer was born and raised in Marengo, Illinois. He attended Zion Lutheran School and Marengo High School. In 1983 he graduated from Concordia Teacher’s College (Concordia University) in Seward, Nebraska with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education. After graduation Mr. Schaefer accepted a call to teach seventh grade, coach, and serve as the Youth Director at Trinity Lutheran School in Centralia, Illinois. In 1990 Mr. Schaefer returned to northern Illinois when he accepted a call to teach sixth grade, coach, and serve as Athletic Director at Immanuel. He currently teaches math, science, vocabulary, and PE in Immanuel’s middle school. Mr. Schaefer received his Master’s Degree in Education from National Louis University.

Camping, fishing, hiking, golfing, working outdoors, designing, building, and repairing head up Mr. Schaefer’s list of interests and hobbies. He loves the sciences and especially enjoys traveling with Mrs. Schaefer. Together they have been to all 50 states and Europe.

Mr. Schaefer loves being a part of the Immanuel family and is thankful for the support of the congregation and the many blessings associated with teaching the faith!


Immanuel's leadership team also includes our lay leadership.  Leaders that volunteer their time and energy to continue to share the Gospel with people


Jon Goldie - Vestry President


Dan Hennig - Head Elder/Deacon


Donna Gutzler - Handbell Director


 Cathy Dulgar - Belize Mission Team