Interim Pastor Randy Bush
begins his ministry
at Immanuel on April 14
With the recent retirement of Immanuel's longtime pastor, the Rev. Dr. Deborah Block, the congregation now moves into a time of transition. On February 11, the Session and Human Resources Transition Team introduced Immanuel’s Interim Pastor, the Rev. Dr. Randall “Randy” Bush. Dr. Bush preached and attended the Pancake Brunch with his spouse, Beth Johnstone Bush. He will begin his ministry at Immanuel on Sunday, April 14.
An acclaimed preacher, published author, and classically trained pianist, Dr. Bush has roots in Wisconsin, formerly serving as pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Racine. Serving over three decades of pastoral ministry in settings from Zimbabwe to Pittsburgh, to his current interim position in a large church in the Baltimore area, Dr. Bush feels called to provide a guiding, non-anxious presence for congregations moving through leadership transitions, helping them to clarify their God-given gifts and mission as they turn toward the future. With Randy Bush, we welcome an experienced pastor who will honor our traditions in worship, music, education, and mission and guide us in the transforming work of a new day.
The Rev. Dr. Deborah A. Block is Immanuel's recently retired pastor and head of staff. Since 1978 she also served the congregation as co-pastor, associate pastor, and assistant pastor. A Celebration of Ministry was held on January 28, with the congregation and leaders offering words of thanks and expressions of gratitude for Dr. Block's forty-six years of ministry at Immanuel. Dr. Block continues to serve the wider church and community as chair of the Board of Trustees of Carroll University in Waukesha, Wisconsin.
The Rev. Robert W. Ater came to Immanuel Church in 2004.
A primary focus of his ministry is the invitation and integration of new members into the life of the congregation. He also provides pastoral support to the MIssion Committee and Board of Deacons. Mr. Ater serves on the Personnel Committee of the Presbytery of Milwaukee. He also currently serves on the boards of Southeastern Wisconsin Common Ground and the national NEXT Church organization.
The Rev. Teresa A. Larson was called to Immanuel in September 2020. The focus of her ministry is multigenerational Christian education and formation and congregational life. In addition to leading the Immanuel Church School, Ms. Larson provides pastoral support to the Church School and Adult Education committees. She also supports the work of the Parish Life Council, the congregation's hospitality and events team. Ms. Larson is the chair of the Committee on Preparation for Ministry of the Presbytery of Milwaukee.
The Rev. Susan J. Stoll joined the pastoral team at Immanuel in March 2015. Her part-time, volunteer ministry has a particular focus on grief and loss. She provides pastoral support to the Board of Deacons and counsels and prays with members experiencing loss. She regularly prays with worshipers at the font following Sunday morning worship.