Our Staff

Glen Schlecht, Senior Pastor

I love my family! My wife, Kathy, and I are blessed with four adult children (Zachary, Karina, Jonathan, and David), three daughter-in-laws (Anna, Leah, and Cassie), and two grandchildren (Elijah and Payton). I continue to enjoy sports of all sorts, and in spite of several knee surgeries, I play basketball regularly and softball in the summertime. Camping in Rocky Mountain has been a favorite summer get-away for years and Kathy and I still enjoy going up as often as we can. You need to know that I’m a Green Bay Packers fan – and I bleed green and gold!

As Senior Pastor I love the ministry and the people here at Immanuel. Loveland and the Front Range is an awesome area in which to do ministry and live out the Gospel of our Savior. I also love spending the time I do on preaching and looking for ways to help people more clearly understand the relevance of Jesus and the Scriptures to their lives and the place Jesus wants to have in their hearts – that was what I did my doctoral work on, studying Semiotics and Future Studies at George Fox Seminary under Leonard Sweet. (If you’re interested in reading all or some of my dissertation, just click on the attachment below – I would love to hear any feedback or thoughts you have on this important topic!)

The people and the possibilities are what excite me about ministry at Immanuel. The people here at Immanuel are so gifted and have such a heart for the Lord, compassion for others, and a willingness to try lots of different things for the Kingdom. The Lord’s resources never go dry and I love to see people discover where God is calling them to serve and minister in their lives.

Read my dissertation here:

http://church.immanuelloveland.org/sites/default/files/inserted-files/schlecht-glen-dmin-fall2017.pdf

Mrs. Cheryl Gilbert - School Director

Immanuel Lutheran Church and School is a very special place and I  am blessed to be the Director of Immanuel Lutheran School. As the Director of the staff I am able to serve with a talented staff who love God! I have been part of the Immanuel ministry since 1990. During these years I have had the joy and privilege of teaching preschoolers about Jesus, and see the Holy Spirit work in families. I also have enjoyed organizing the child development center and planning Immanuel’s Kings Kids Summer Camp. It is a true blessing to be part of a community that shines the love of Jesus through worship, bible studies and activities for all ages!

My husband and I have lived in Loveland for the last 30 years. During that time God has blessed us with three beautiful children. Most of our “free” time is spent with our children and watching them participate in sports and activities! All three of our children were blessed to attend Immanuel Lutheran School from preschool through eighth grade. During those years they received a great academic education and were told about God’s love on a daily basis.

My family and I have been extremely blessed to be part of the Immanuel family and I continue to look forward to what God has in store for Immanuel’s ministry.

Kathy Schlecht, Director of Worship and Music Ministries

I was born and raised in the great state of Minnesota, attending Concordia University-St. Paul for my undergrad degrees in Church Music and K-12 Music Education. It was there I met my husband, and it was his call to Immanuel that brought us to the also great state of Colorado.

My greatest joy in life is being a Mom and parenting together with my husband (who gives the info on our kids and grandkids in his bio). Along with that privilege, God has called me to serve him in the areas of worship and music, something for which he started preparing me early in life.

I am so thankful for the opportunity I have to use the gifts God has given me in the area of both music and worship here at Immanuel, a unique and truly amazing community of God’s people. There are so many here who give of their time and talent through both the music and worship ministry, serving together to enhance our times of worship. At Immanuel, when we enter the sanctuary for worship, we know we are leaving the “me” behind as we, together, receive God’s gifts offered in worship and respond together to those gifts.

Many churches, across denominations, have experienced change in what worship looks like—style of music, elements included or discarded from the service, the addition of technology, etc. To help Immanuel navigate these changes in a God-pleasing manner, I returned to school in the area of worship, receiving my Masters in Worship Studies from the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies where I am currently working on my Doctor of Worship Studies.

I hope you have an opportunity to visit and discover how welcoming Immanuel’s community is. We’d love to see you in worship!

Martha Semanko, Director of Children and Family Ministries

I have the incredible opportunity to serve as Immanuel’s Director of Children & Family Ministries. I was born and raised in Fargo, North Dakota and while I absolutely love Colorado, I’ll always be a Midwest girl at heart who loves a good hotdish and has a side of ranch with any meal. I attended Concordia University Chicago (go cougs!) and graduated in May 2020 as a Director of Christian Education with minors in both Education & Theology. I’ve got the cutest rescue dog, Ginger, and love spoiling her with all the treats & walks she wants.

I’ve had the heart & passion to do ministry since I attended the National Youth Gathering in 2013. God continued to open doors by placing people in my life who encouraged me to pursue my dream of becoming a DCE. My years at CUC gave me so many unique experiences to learn and grow in my calling & it all culminated in my internship experience here at Immanuel. Getting to serve and love the children and families in both our church and school brings so much joy to my life. I believe that we should all, even as adults, have a bit of a child-like faith. They just get it! They don’t question it or try to complicate it. In my role here, I spend my time getting to build relationships with our kiddos and families and, from there, create ways to help them to grow in their relationships with others and with God. My favorite part is that I get to have a lot of fun doing it! Immanuel truly is a family place & we want all people to be a part of our family!

Rachel Norerm - Intern

I am Rachel Norem, and I am blessed to be in service for my Director of Christian Education internship here at Immanuel. My parents and siblings live in Olathe, KS, which is where I grew up for 19 years. My parents met in high school in Hubbard County, Iowa. I have an older brother, Tyler, a twin sister, Megan, and a younger sister, Kailey. I recently finished my class schooling at Concordia University Nebraska, where I studied Elementary Education (LTD included) and Christian Education Leadership (DCE).

I had a practicum church during my junior year at Concordia Nebraska, and I worked mostly with the 7th and 8th grade confirmation students, and I got various experiences in multiple age groups for Sunday School. I was placed at St. John Lutheran Church and School for that practicum experience, which was right across the street from my university. While I was doing my students teaching in the spring semester of 2020, I was teaching 2nd graders in Lincoln, NE at Messiah Lutheran Church and School. I had started my 2nd assignment of student teaching in Dallas, TX with 5th graders at Zion Lutheran Church and School.

I have been spending my time of internship leading and planning for junior high, senior high, and young adult ministries for the next year. I have loved growing in my relationships with these groups in my time here. What I love so much about teaching these groups is helping to grow the maturity of a Christian mindset. Church to me is being together as a family- as one body. I believe that having this family mindset helps in all aspects of the church to love one another and to be more comfortable in our paths as Christians. These three age groups I am working with are a great time to seek relationships with each other and grow in Christian practices and minds. I'm excited to see how God continues to use me for this family of faith!

Jordan Logston, Business Manager

Immanuel Lutheran Church and School is a very special place. It has opened so many doors in my life, both personally and professionally,  and brought me closer to our amazing God. Immanuel has shown my family and I what a church family looks like through its welcoming members, community outreach, powerful worship services, all-encompassing small groups and loving staff. It is such a gift to be able to fill up a pew each Sunday and worship next to my husband, parents, sister, bother-in law, my adorable nephews and sister-in law. I was raised on the Western Slope of Colorado in a small, one stoplight town where my parents taught my sister and I the importance of connecting with people, working hard and being a straight shooter. I spent most of my upbringing playing sports and I believe teamwork is crucial in all aspects of life.

I love protecting the ministry as Immanuel’s Business Manager. I oversee and administer finance, human resources and operations. I’ve been extremely blessed to work for a variety of industries throughout my professional career, with background experience in banking, commercial property and casualty insurance, and non-profits. We all have our own mission fields to share the love of Christ and I am honored to serve at this ministry, where witnessing this amazing love happens constantly.

Rhonda Frerichs, Administrative Assistant

God has blessed me with the privilege of not only being born in the US but also being a Colorado native. I’m originally from Greeley. My sister still lives there and my brother Dennis, Linda and their son’s Alec (his family Melinda {Mo}, kiddos Cooper, Hadley and Hank) and Bret live here in Loveland.  I was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Greeley. I went to Concordia University Wisconsin for my Bachelor's degree.  After college I was called by God to a ministry in San Jose, CA called Advent Group Ministries where I worked as an Addictions Counselor with at Risk Youth. I lived and served there for 9 years until I heard the call to move back to Colorado to be closer to family. I began attending Immanuel in 1999 as my brother and his family attend here.

Immanuel – A Family Place, a place whose mission is to transform lives by loving, learning and living in Jesus. Our vision is to reveal the love and grace of Jesus to our community by our radical hospitality, transformational learning, and fearless living. I spent most of my career working as an Addictions Counselor and one thing I learned in that field is the human desire to belong. Once our basic needs are met we look to belong and I have found that sense of belonging in God and through Immanuel. You all are my family and I am grateful to serve and work with God here.

My heart’s desire is to help my fellow human beings and more specifically Immanuel family members grow in their relationship with God. In my desire to do so I sought more education and earned a Master of Arts degree from Denver Seminary in Christian Formation and Soul Care.  Through the use of my education and the gifts of the Holy Spirit I hope to be a source of encouragement, support and comfort in the process as God transform’s our lives. As Administrative Assistant I also get the great privilege of welcoming people into the church facility and working with people who need help from our Community Assistance program. I so enjoy meeting everyone and getting to know all who are involved in the various ministries of Immanuel. 

Annette Bures, Administrative Assistant

My husband and I moved back to Loveland in 2017, after job transfers took us to Kansas and Iowa.  While in Iowa I served as our church administrative assistant for almost five years and loved every minute of it.  Here at Immanuel, it is a blessing to be able to serve the church and meet our members and their families.  I enjoy watching the students learn about Christ and grow in their faith, as well as have fun in a great atmosphere.

When I am not at Immanuel, I enjoy trying my hand at different craft projects, walking our dog, Baxter, exploring the great outdoors, and cheering on our Kansas State Wildcats.  We have one son, Ben, and he is a student at UCCS in Colorado Springs.

Rob Meyer - Facilities Director

Immanuel holds a special place in my, as well as my family’s, heart! I have worshiped at Immanuel my entire life, attended Immanuel Lutheran School from PS-8th grade, and met and married my wonderful wife, Amy, here as well! Amy and I both enjoy outdoor activities like hiking with our Australian Shepherd puppy, Rockie, camping, swimming, lots of corn hole matches, and of course our beloved Colorado Rockies!

As the Facilities Director I am tasked with keeping our beautiful campus just that, beautiful and in well working order. During the school year it’s a fast-paced schedule of keeping up with all the students to keep the building clean. Then during the summer we slow down enough to make sure everything is deep cleaned and ready for the next school year to start. If you have any handyman experience or a heart for facilities, consider joining our facilities team; please email me and I can get you on our team list.

Tom Schauer - Maintenance Assistant

My name is Tom, I have two sisters and one brother. I live with my sister and brother-in-law in Loveland. I enjoy watching almost every team sport. I especially love watching the Vikings and Broncos (mostly all Colorado and Minnesota teams). I also enjoy getting my exercise from jogs, swimming, and bike riding. I like spending time with my favorite cats- Megan and Molly, who are both tortoise shell cats. Lastly, I enjoy watching movies!

As Immanuel's Maintenance Assistant I spend a lot of my day cleaning up after the students. My job is to keep the building clean of trash and any waste. I clean the rooms during the week to ensure the students have a mess-free learning environment. I really enjoy having the opportunity to keep this campus clean. I also enjoy the kindness of the staff and students here at Immanuel.

 

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