Rev. Christopher S. Esget, Senior Pastor
The Reverend Christopher S. Esget has served as Immanuel's Pastor since 2001. He is married to Kassie, and they have one son, James. You can read his sermons and other writings at Esgetology.
Before coming to Immanuel, Pastor Esget served at Bethel Lutheran Church, DuQuoin, IL, where he was ordained in 1998. He attended Concordia Theological Seminary (Fort Wayne, IN) where he earned the Master of Divinity degree (1997, concentration in systematic theology) and the Master of Sacred Theology degree (2005, major in systematic theology, minor in church history). His STM thesis was a comparison of the doctrine of original sin in Patristic and contemporary Eastern Orthodox theology.
Pastor Esget's undergraduate degree is from Berklee College of Music (Summa cum laude 1993, with an emphasis in film scoring). He also studied classical piano performance at the University of Minnesota.
Pastor Esget is the Sixth Vice-President of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (East-Southeast Region; 2015 – present). He is a member of the Board of Regents of Concordia College—New York. He contributed two chapters to the book The Gates of Hell: Confessing Christ in a Hostile World (CPH, 2018).
Rev. Peter J. Eckardt, Associate Pastor
The Reverend Peter J. Eckardt has been the Associate Pastor at Immanuel since August 2015. He is married to Allison (nee Everett), and they have one son, Ezra. Having received the Master of Divinity degree from Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Ind., in 2014, Pastor Eckardt then stayed at the seminary for an additional year as a graduate assistant to work on a Master in Sacred Theology (STM). Still a work in progress, his thesis is on St. Paul's Christological hermeneutic of the Old Testament.
Emily German, Kantor
Emily German holds a Bachelor of Arts in German and Church Music from Valparaiso University. She is currently working on the completion of her Master of Arts in Religion with a concentration in Biblical Languages from Concordia Theological Seminary. She holds active memberships with the American Choral Directors Association and the American Guild of Organists. To hear Miss German playing a selection from Bach's Prelude & Fugue in G Major (BWV 541), click here.
Kassie Esget, Office Administrator
Mrs. Esget produces all the publications of Immanuel, manages the parish office, and keeps the pastors organized. She attended the University of Oklahoma and is married to Christopher, Immanuel's pastor.