Meet the Staff

  • Pastor Kurt Jensen

    Lead Pastor

    Kurt Jensen serves as Lead Pastor at Immanuel. He grew up in Iowa and attended Luther College in Decorah and Luther Seminary in St. Paul. He recently completed a Doctor of Ministry degree through Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan. Before coming to Immanuel, Pastor Kurt served two churches in Michigan, where he met his wife Sarah. Sarah is a secretary at Roland-Story High School. They have two kids, Cassidy and Travis. Pastor Kurt and his family came to Story City in 2011. Kurt served as Associate Pastor with Senior Pastor Stephen Anenson until Pastor Anenson's retirement in October 2016. In 2018, the congregation voted to make Pastor Kurt Immanuel's Lead Pastor and begin searching for a new Associate Pastor. Email Pastor Kurt

  • Pastor Andrew Potratz

    Associate Pastor

  • Allison Potratz

    Pastoral Intern

    Allison Potratz serves as the Pastoral Intern at Immanuel.  She grew up in Iowa and attended Wartburg College in Waverly where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work.  She currently attends seminary at The Master’s Institute in White Bear Lake, Minnesota and plans to graduate in 2022.  Before coming to Immanuel, Allison served in various churches as a Children’s Ministry leader.  Allison is married to Andrew Potratz, Immanuel’s Associate Pastor, and together they have three kids: Josiah, Annabelle and Samuel.  Allison and Andrew came to Immanuel in 2018 but have many past connections with Story City and Riverside Lutheran Bible Camp. Email Allison

  • Milianna Carlson

    Church Office Secretary

    Milianna is a Story City native, and graduated from UNI with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and a minor in Business Concepts. She teaches piano lessons, and serves as choir accompanist at Grace United Methodist Church. She accompanies school and community concerts and musical productions. During Scandinavian Days, she acts as lead pianist for Judge Story's annual musical. Milianna enjoys living life in Story City with her five furry four-legged companions. Email Milianna

  • Brett Johannes

    Financial Secretary

  • Jeff Baker


    Jeff began serving as Immanuel's custodian in early 2018. Jeff married his wife Andrea in 2004. They have 2 children: Brinley and Evan.

  • Emily Anderson

    Organist & Accompanist

    Emily has been Immanuel's organist and/or accompanist since the late 1990s. Emily graduated from UNI with an education major and music minor. She taught in public schools for 10 years and has been playing the organ for various churches since she was 12 years old, either as assistant organist or "only" organist. Emily currently teaches a few piano students. Emily and her husband, Chuck, are very happy to be living in Story City and part of the Immanuel family.

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