ELDERS

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. 

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 four children.

Josh Sturm

Elder of Generational Discipleship
 
Josh is a graduate of the The Master’s Seminary and Moody Bible Institute in Spokane, WA. While a member at Faith Bible Church in Spokane, God used His normal means of grace–Scripture, prayer, and community–to slowly mature him in Christ and instill a desire for pastoral ministry. After a season of training in the local church and seminary, Josh was ordained in August, 2021 by Faith Bible Church. In November of 2021, he was voted in as staff elder at Immanuel. Josh loves equipping the church to minister the truth of Christ to one-another and the world. He and his wife Nicole enjoy Sunday mornings with God’s people, biking to the library, lingering in conversations, and laughing with their young daughter, Elanor.  
 

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 grown children and five grandchildren.  

Lee Barton

Elder of Spiritual Life
 
Lee Barton graduated from Talbot Seminary with a Masters of Divinity (M. Div.) in 1982. He and Shary joined Christar International Mission in 1981. He was Associate Pastor in Colorado from 1982-85, when they left for Egypt. In 1987 he returned from the field and served as Vice President in charge of new personnel until 1992 when he and Shary returned to the Middle East, and served in Jordan. Lee taught in a seminary there, served as assistant director of a language school, and began a church planting effort among Iraqi refugees, helping develop a church, school and micro-enterprise. Shary worked at a medical clinic for refugees and also helped at the school. In 2001, they returned to LA where Lee served as associate pastor for a large suburban church. Then in 2007, he undertook a pastorate in a small rural church in central Oregon. Lee retired from vocational pastoring in 2016, first moving to Colorado and then in spring of 2019 settling in Rothschild, WI.

Elder of Creative Access Communities
 
Our Elder of Creative Access Communities graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and continued graduate studies at Moody Bible Institute where he received a diploma in Biblical Studies. He spent 30 years in various roles overseas in Africa. He has a passion for reaching people in the 10-40 window. Immanuel was a supporting church, and when he returned to Wisconsin in 2016, he was appointed as a lay elder. He and his wife have been married for over 40 years and have 2 adult daughters, who have given them 5 treasured grandchildren.

Jay Sparks

Elder of Spiritual Life
 

Jay Sparks serves the church as the Elder of Spiritual Life. After completing his Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Carroll University in 2015, Jay moved to Wausau and began attending Immanuel. Jay grew up in Bloomington, Indiana, but has deep family roots at IBC between his grandfather’s family and his wife Kerry’s family. He is passionate about ministry to teenagers and young adults, strongly due to the mentors he had during those seasons of his own life while he was navigating his commitment to his own personal faith. Jay was appointed as a lay elder in 2022 and is excited to join the elder team to assist in shepherding and leading the local church body at Immanuel. His passion is for discipleship within the local church, ecclesiology and biblical theology. Jay and Kerry are blessed with three beautiful daughters.

OFFICE STAFF

Cheryl Schneider

Administrative Assistant

Bruce Beaty

Building Administrator

DIRECTORS

Clint Steinke

Director of Men’s Ministry

Lynelle Love

Director of Women’s Ministry

Kris Schlagel

Director of Children’s Church

Ryan Rossenbach

Sunday School Superintendent

DEACONS

Matt Ross

Deacon – Chairman

Richard Turner

Deacon – First Impressions

Matt Helling

Deacon – Spiritual Life

Shane Channel

Deacon – Property

David Nutting

Deacon – Christian Education

Aaron Nystrom

Deacon – Finance

Zach Sawall

Deacon – Outreach (Missions)

Ty Hamland

Deacon – Family Life

John Masbaum

Deacon – Secretary/Benevolent

DEACONESSES

Kaye Froehlich

Leah Schneider

Joy Nutting

Ashley Weisenberger

Amanda Graham

Sue Miller