Rob Love

Elder of Preaching & Vision
Pastor Rob Love serves the church as the Elder for Preaching and Vision. The Loves started ministry at Immanuel in March, 2016 after sixteen years of Pastoral ministry in Jefferson, WI and Greenwood, WI. Rob Graduated from Maranatha Baptist University with an undergraduate in Bible and Church Ministries and Liberty Theological Seminary with a Masters in Theology. Rob’s greatest passion in church life is declaring, with conviction, the relevant truth of God’s Holy Word so that the faith family can grow to imitate our glorious redeemer, Jesus Christ. Rob is joyfully joined in life and ministry with his wife, Lynelle. As former college athletes, Rob and Lynelle both enjoy playing and coaching sports and anything that includes spending time with their four children.

Mike Fischer

Elder of Worship & Small Groups
Pastor Mike Fischer serves as the Pastor of Worship. Mike is a graduate of Drake University with a Bachelor of Music degree, and earned a Master of Music degree at the New England Conservatory of Music. He served as a worship pastor in the Twin Cities before coming to Immanuel in the spring of 2009. His desire is to see congregations engaged in worship and see how worship is not a few songs sung on Sunday morning, but is a foundational part of our life as a believer. An important part of Mike’s ministry at Immanuel is our small group ministry. Mike is also active in our community as a musician and teacher and has been featured in concerts and on many recordings. Music and articles can be found on his website, Piano Inspirations

Pastor Will Zalizniak

Elder of Family Life
Pastor Will Zalizniak serves as the Elder of Family Life. After graduating with a degree in youth ministry from Maranatha Baptist University in Watertown, WI, he became the Pastor of Family and Worship at Missionary Baptist Church in Greenwood, WI, where he served from 2014 until his transition to Immanuel in July of 2017. He is presently studying Church Ministry online at Liberty University. Will is passionate for God’s glory in His good designs of church and family, especially as God’s Word equips parents for raising their children in the Lord and helps transform believers of every age into the image of Christ. Will enjoys many sporting and outdoor activities, and is grateful for God’s providence of life and ministry with his wife, Rachel, and three children.

Ben Graham

Elder of Spiritual Life
Ben Graham serves the church as the Elder of Spiritual Life.  He began his studies at the University of Minnesota and graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point with a degree in Religious Studies. As he neared graduation, Ben considered futures in vocational eldership or law enforcement. For the last decade, Ben has joyfully served the community as a law enforcement officer while remaining active in the church. Ben was appointed as a lay elder in 2016. His passion is to encourage individuals in transformative learning to seek, savor and be fully satisfied in the Savior. Ben is joined in ministry by his wife and three children. 


Chris Menard

Elder of Student Ministries

Chris Menard serves the church as the Elder of Student Ministries. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire with a degree in Accounting and has worked in the Wausau area in various financial and accounting roles since graduating. Chris and his wife, Theresa, have attended Immanuel since moving to Wausau shortly after college and have served in a variety of children’s ministry roles through the years, which include serving as Awana Ministry Directors since 2004. Chris served on a Shepherding team in 2015 and was appointed as a lay elder in 2016. His passion is to encourage children, teens and parents to know, love and serve the Lord Jesus Christ. Chris and Theresa have six children with the youngest in High School and enjoy time gardening, sitting by the fire and traveling.  


Gary Scharping

Elder of Local & Global Missions
Gary Scharping was born and raised in Racine, WI, and ‘born-again’ as a freshman in college at UW Stevens Point in 1975. Gary graduated from UWSP in 1979 with a B.S. degree in Business Administration. Gary and his wife, Deborah, have been married since 1980. In 1983-84 they attended Moody Bible Institute for Bible training. In 1985 Gary and Deb went to serve the Lord on the mission field. They had been part of a church planting team to an unreached people group in a rural area for 31 years with a focus on evangelism and discipleship. The Lord raised up churches among this people group along with pastors to shepherd them. Gary and Deb came back to the United States in 2016 to care for Deb’s mother.



Laura Nikolai

Building Administrator

Cheryl Schneider

Administrative Assistant



Bob Ross

Deacon – Chairman

Bruce Beaty

Deacon – Assistant Chairman

Mike Graham

Deacon – Spiritual Life

Don Harris

Deacon – Property

John Miller

Deacon – Outreach (Missions)

Bruce Trueblood

Deacon – Family Life

Craig Kowatch

Deacon – Secretary

Ben McEvoy

Deacon – Finance

Mark Nikolai

Deacon – Christian Education


Cynthia Abrego

Sue Miller

Cindy Beaty

Rose Towle

Helga Graf

Lisa Weix