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 daughters-in-law (Anna, Leah, and Cassie), and three grandchildren (Elijah, Payton, and Adelyn). 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:
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 since I started at Immanuel. 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 dogs, Ginger & Lily and I'm marrying my best friend, Codie, in September 2022!
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!
Shanna Rinehart - 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.
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 Management, and education in Accounting, Finances 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.
Marcus Howard - Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries
I was born and raised in central Florida, growing up in the LCMS and even going through our church's PreK-8th grade school. I went to the University of West Florida and received a Bachelors in Marketing and a Master's of Business Administration. After much prayer, I felt called to go back to school in 2018 to do youth work professionally. I attended Concordia University Irvine (Go Eagles!), and in August of 2021, I graduated as a Director of Christian Education with a Master’s of Theology.
My family is spread out all over the country, but my parents, brother, and grandparents still live in Florida. We love spending time together. I am a bit of a dork and a big kid. I love movies, especially Disney, Marvel, and Star Wars. For the last couple of years, our family has been passholders at Disney World, and we often go when I am home visiting. I also have a lot of hobbies, including playing video games, playing bass and guitar, photography, and more.
My church work career had an interesting path. I was a last-minute fill in as the primary leader for our church at the 2016 National Youth Gathering in New Orleans, LA. After that trip, I ended up becoming the Volunteer Youth Director for my home church, and eventually went back to school to become a DCE. I am so fortunate that God led me to accept the call to Immanuel Lutheran. It was amazing how quickly the staff and families here have made me feel like I am home. I am blessed to get to work with our youth and young adults. These are the times in our lives where our faith truly becomes our own, through Confirmation, study, worship, and fellowship, and it is a true joy to get to walk alongside these young men and women in their faith journeys. One of the biggest blessings in ministry is how we get to be a part of other’s families. I love these relationships I get to have with the folks here at Immanuel, and I hope you’ll come and meet our family, too!
Annette Bures - Administrative Assistant
My husband, Randy, 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. In the church office, I assist members with CCB questions and scheduling events, as well as assisting with special events and operational projects.
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, who currently lives in Colorado Springs.
Bobby Rogers - Facilities Director
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.
Justin Logston - Digital Media Specialist
I am a long-time member of Immanuel Lutheran, and I enjoy sharing the pictures and stories of the myriad of ways Christ's love shines through Immanuel!
Originally from the Seattle area, I moved to Colorado with my family when I was nine. I enjoy sports, movies, video games, Star Wars, acting and music.
My wife and I enjoy traveling, taking care of our two nephews, serving Immanuel in a myriad of ways, sharing the love of Christ, and are eagerly awaiting the arrival of Baby Logston!
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.
Robin Dugall - Director of Discipleship and Connecting Ministries
Hi friends in Jesus! My name is Robin and I'm a Husband (to Vicky for more than 30 years), Father (to three adult children), Papa (we have seven grandgirls), Friend, Ministry Leader, Musician, and your Brother in Jesus. In the Spring of 2021, we moved from the small town of McCall, Idaho, where we had lived for six years, to Loveland, Colorado. After more than 40 YEARS of serving churches as a Senior Pastor, Associate Pastor, Youth Ministry leader and Musician/Worship leader, I "retired" from full-time church work in August of 2021 to dedicate myself to my academic/teaching journey as well as new opportunities to serve the Lord in a new season of life. Besides the joy of being a part of the Biblical Studies Faculty of Azusa Pacific University (Azusa, CA), I also teach and mentor church leaders (online) for the Mission Training Center at Concordia University in Irvine, California (classes in Biblical Interpretation and Spiritual Formation/Care). In early 2022, I received an invitation from Pastor Glen and our congregation’s leaders to join the ministry staff at Immanuel. Truthfully, it is one of the greatest blessings in my life as a follower of Jesus to be joining the staff to champion our church’s ministry values of discipleship/spiritual formation and relational connecting!
Vicky and I love our church and praise God for how the Spirit is using our gifts, passions, and talents to make a difference in the ministry of our congregation. In addition to serving the Lord besides you in this wonderful community, I am often a guest preacher, teacher, and ministry trainer/consultant for Christian churches/congregations across the country on areas of Kingdom ministry, which include leadership development and discipleship. I'm a firm believer in participating in the "Missio Dei" (the Mission of God). In other words, no matter where I live, I pray that I can have "eyes to see and ears to hear" what the Spirit of God is doing in my spheres of influence and relationships so that I can join Him in His redemptive work. I'm a musician, dreamer, catalyst, and family guy. So, in addition to living life for Jesus and being a committed Christ-follower, I live a full life as a family man and friend. I have written several published works: a book on Worship Experiences for Students, a major essay for a book entitled, The Gospel According to Superheroes, in addition to numerous articles and devotionals published in magazines, websites and blogs. I have a deep spiritual passion for participating in the work of God’s Kingdom, Discipleship training, Music and Worship ministry, growing to maturity in Christ, and living in a vibrant relationship with Jesus! Yes, I have a few academic degrees, but my identity is built on the grace of God, the love of my family and friends, and partnering with my Lord in His redemptive plan and mission. My desire is to be a difference maker for Jesus in my world to the glory of God! I also have a website full of discipleship resources and devotional material (robindugall.com). You can always contact me at email@example.com.
REGULAR SUNDAY MORNING SCHEDULE (begins Sept. 12, 2021)
Classic Grace Worship - 8:00am
Education Hour for all ages - 9:30am
Contemporary Joy Worship - 10:30am
SUMMER WORSHIP SCHEDULE
Classic Grace Worship - 8:00am
Outdoor Contemporary Joy Worship - 9:30am
No Education Hour during the Summer
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