Welcome to the ministry of Emmanuel Lutheran Church. It is with great joy that I greet you from this vibrant community of faith. We are located in the center of a beautiful city on the Gulf in Florida. The ministry embraces the mission of “Knowing Christ and Boldly Making Christ Known.” Worship at Emmanuel draws members into the tradition of praising God for what God has done for all in Christ. It is a place where music is alive and worship is inspired by the holiness of God. The message of Emmanuel is centered on God sending Jesus into the world, not to condemn but to give life to all.
At Emmanuel, we believe God’s grace brings us to this place through the power of the Holy Spirit. The message of faith is what God does for us through Christ in loving us and sending us out into the world daily to reflect that love. In Ephesians, it states, “That we might be rooted and grounded in love.” Emmanuel is rooted in this love. Visiting Emmanuel you will sense the love God has for all because all are welcome through the grace of God. It is a blessing to be able to be present with members who know this love and do the work of sharing through a variety of ministries.
As the Pastor of this community, it is a gift to make Christ known through knowing those who enter into this church. I have been in the ministry several years and in the summer of 2014 was called from the snow covered land of Ten Thousand lakes in Minnesota to the beautiful warm sand of the Gulf of Florida. Personally, I love the outdoors biking, camping, swimming, and fishing. My wife Debbie works full time as a telecommuter and also loves gardening and the outdoors. We have two adult daughters Andria and Alisa who enjoy traveling and sports. In our home, you will be greeted by a small dog named Izzy who keeps us entertained.
Blessings on your journey of Faith,