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About Us

Meet the Staff


Kurt Jensen serves as Pastor at Immanuel. He grew up in Iowa and attended Luther College in Decorah and Luther Seminary in St. Paul. He is now working on 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 works as one of the secretaries at Roland-Story Middle 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. Email Pastor Kurt


Zachary Bauknecht

Youth and Education Ministry Coordinator (YEMC)

Zachary grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana. He attended college in Chicago at Concordia University, where he double majored in Youth Ministry and Natural Science with a minor in Theology. He has helped lead youth groups since 2005, doing youth ministry in Indiana, Illinois and Michigan. After college he served as an AmeriCorps intern in Reno, Nevada, doing Environmental Education at the Galena Creek Visitor Center. He enjoys being outside in nature every chance he gets! Zachary has been serving here at Immanuel since 2013 and has enjoyed being a part of the Story City community! Email Zachary


Milianna Carlson

Church Office Secretary

Milianna began working at Immanuel in December 2015. As a Story City native, she graduated from Roland-Story High School in 2009, and then returned after graduation from UNI in 2013. She has a B.A. degree in Music and a minor in General Business Concepts, which heavily influences how she teaches piano lessons to kids in the community. Milianna currently serves as substitute organist for Immanuel, choir accompanist at Grace United Methodist Church and also lends her talents to Harvest E-Free's services. During Scandinavian Days, she also finds herself in the orchestra pit for Judge Story's annual musical. Milianna enjoys living life in Story City with her 3 cats: Bianca, Max, and TJ. Email Milianna


Veronica Wright

Financial Secretary


Emily Anderson

Organist

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 and has been Immanuel's organist and/or accompanist since the late 1990s. Emily and her husband, Chuck are very happy to be living in Story City and part of the Immanuel family.


Susan Amensen

Senior Choir Director

Susan Amensen has been our Senior Choir director since 1975. She grew up in Roland, attending Salem Lutheran Church. After living and teaching in Ames and Cedar Rapids, she and her husband, David, moved to Story City and now have two sons and 6 grandchildren. Special choir activities include Praise Dinners, Christmas and Easter cantatas, and the Lawn Chair Brigade. Susan is also a long-time member of a singing group, The Joy Trio.


Cathy McKim

Junior Choir Director

Cathy is the director of our Junior Choir. She has lived in Story City for 19 years. She has been a teacher for 26 years and currently teaches 6th grade at Roland-Story Middle School. She and her husband Pat have three children: Hannah, Joe, and Bill.


Shelly Nibe

Custodian

Shelly has been the church custodian since 2001. In addition to working at Immanuel she works part time as a Fitness Consultant for Mary Greeley. Shelly has been married to her husband Scott for 21 years and they have 2 children: Morgan and Carson.


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