Our Pastor

Our Pastor

At Emanuel we understand worship is the foundation of our life together in the Spirit.  Worship helps us respond with spiritual resources to the day to day issues we may face, and to larger issues of justice and peace. The sacrament of communion is open to all and is shared monthly in worship.  A Children’s time during worship is often interactive.  We sing a blend of traditional hymns, praise songs, multicultural spiritual music and we hear different instruments.

We celebrate God’s gift of diversity.  We are open to faithful dialogue within Christianity and with other religions.  We celebrate the different paths which lead people to faithfulness in God.  We welcome doubts and questions as part of a grace-filled journey.  Our facility is fully physically accessible and in 2012 we declared ourselves open and affirming of all God’s people. Emanuel Church, while honoring vibrant traditions, remains open to new and creative expressions of God.

We are grateful God has blessed us to be a blessing!  We serve each other, our community and world in many ways.  We work together to feed the hungry, clothe the needy, comfort the sick or hurting, care for the aged.  We work together to care for children and families through the Board of Christian Education and Park’s Edge Preschool, a ministry of Emanuel Church.

Ordained in 1993, I have served in a variety of church settings.  What a treasure I have found at Emanuel since 2007 when I was called!   Here I meet Christians who love each other, grow in faith, and are dedicated to ministry in Christ’s name.

I am married to Rev. Ann Utke, and we have lived in the Bay View neighborhood of Milwaukee since 2001.  We enjoy traveling, attending concerts, dining out, and sharing time with friends and family.  I also have interests in sports, old homes, automobiles, and I love to read in genres of comedy, politics and faith.

I hope you will feel encouraged to visit us.  “Like” us on Facebook!   I am grateful to God to be in ministry with the people of Emanuel United Church of Christ in Hales Corners, Wisconsin.