Meet the Staff

  • Pastor Andrew Potratz

    Lead Pastor

    Andrew Potratz was called in January 2023 to serve as Lead Pastor at Immanuel.  Andrew grew up in Northeast Iowa and attended Wartburg College in Waverly and has his Masters of Divinity from The Master’s Institute Seminary in St. Paul, MN.  He also has a Youth and Family Ministry Certificate from Wartburg Seminary in Dubuque. Prior to coming to Immanuel, Andrew served churches in various roles in Kentucky and Altoona, IA. Andrew also spent about five years and various summers service at Riverside Bible Camp. Andrew has a passion for Worship through music, dreaming, and seeing people of all ages experience the love and peace that the Holy Spirit brings! Andrew’s wife, Allison is currently at Immanuel as well (see below)! Andrew and Allison have three kids, and as a family they love traveling, exploring coffee and ice cream shops, playing music, and discovering all that God has created us to be! Email Pastor Andrew

  • Allison Potratz

    Associate Pastor for Youth & Family Ministries

    Allison Potratz was called in January 2023 to serve as the Associate Pastor for Youth & Family Ministries at Immanuel.  She grew up in Iowa and attended Wartburg College in Waverly where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work.  She graduated from seminary at The Master’s Institute in White Bear Lake, Minnesota and was ordained at Immanuel in March 2023.  Before coming to Immanuel, Allison served in various churches as a Children’s Ministry leader.  Allison is married to Andrew Potratz, Lead 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 Pastor Allison

  • Milianna Carlson

    Church Office Secretary + Organist/Accompanist

    Milianna is a Story City native, and graduated from UNI with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music. She teaches piano lessons and serves as Immanuel's accompanist for traditional and modern worship. Milianna also frequently 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 six furry four-legged companions. Email Milianna

  • 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. Jeff is an avid runner and stays involved with a number of training and coaching opportunities in Central Iowa.

  • Carol Lake

    Financial Secretary

    Carol began serving as Immanuel's Financial Secretary a few years ago.  She handles all of the day-to-day accounting and bookwork for Immanuel!  She lives in town with her husband, and loves spending time with her local family and her church community.  Email Carol


    Deployed Pastor to Riverside Bible Camp

    Chris is married to his wonderful wife, Kelly, and they have three boys, Joshua, Isaac, and Eli. Chris’ background includes 20 years of ministry serving in Children’s Ministry, Youth Ministry, Care Ministry, and Camping Ministry, including his seminary internship time at Immanuel. Chris and his family are members of Immanuel, but Chris is deployed as the Director of Riverside Lutheran Bible Camp just north of Story City.  Chris enjoys spending time at the lake, ministering to others, and occasionally preaching or leading songs at Immanuel when camp life allows!

Immanuel Leadership

immanuel is led by our boards and joint council

Click here to view our current list of board and council members!

Immanuel's Boards meet monthly, with Joint Council meetings usually meeting at 8:15pm on the Second Thursday of the month.  If you would like to attend council or if you have questions about leadership, agenda items, or anything else regarding council, please email the council at This email account is managed by the current council president.