After 16 years of dedicated and faithful service to Immanuel, Pastor John Tittle accepted a call to a new church in early March. We are so grateful for our time with him and his family and celebrate all the many fond memories and treasured experiences we shared together as a congregation.   

We have formed an Interim Pastor Search Team to begin the process of finding an interim pastor for Immanuel. Since its appointment at the beginning of February, this search committee has worked with our Session to develop the profile for the candidates we wish to interview for this position. The Session has prioritized three goals for this interim ministry – reinforce the Ministry of the Laity, communication improvement, and increase the potential for a successful ministry by the next called Pastor.

Beginning on April 16, 2024, Rev. Diane Christopher will step in for a month or two to act as a “gap” interim pastor while we continue our search. Diane was the associate pastor at Valley Presbyterian Church in Green Valley for many years. We are honored and excited to have Diane join us for this time.

We will keep you updated as we progress and are so grateful for your prayers. Questions on this process can be directed to the members of this team: Cheralynn Baylor, Joey Samoy, Sean Shifflette, Jeff Hotchkiss, or Liz Wallendorf. 


Interim Pastor


Getting to Know Pastor

Director of Music Ministries

Clay Whittington

Director of Music Ministries

Director of Christian Formation

Kris Goorsky

Director of Christian Formation

Church Administrator

Kate Kelly

Church Administrator

Nursery Attendant

Allison Nelson

Nursery Attendant

Facilities Assistant

Aaron Puckett

Facilities Assistant

Immanuel Session Members

… and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all. For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.”  —Jesus

Mark 10:44-45 (NRSVue)


Clerk of Session
Buildings & Grounds
Christian Education
Finance & Stewardship
Mission & Evangelism
Worship Team

Liz Wallendorf (2024)
Bill Haldeman (2025) ~ Jeff Hotchkiss (2026)
Marcia Aurand (2024) ~ Michael Nana (2025)
Karl Aurand (2026) ~ Curt Christy (2025) ~ Laurie Emery (2025)
Kevin Murphy (2024) ~ Sean Shifflette (2025) ~ Cheralyn Baylor (2026)
Jeff Fennema (2026) ~ Leslie Cullins-Shechter (2026)
Debby Johnson (2024) ~ Ed Vander Woude (2025)
Liz Wallendorf (2024)

The Session Elders

The Session is a group of elders who have spiritual and governmental oversight at Immanuel.

Elders are chosen by the congregation to discern and measure its fidelity to the Word of God, and to strengthen and nurture its faith and life. Ruling elders, together with ministers of the Word and Sacrament, exercise leadership, government, spiritual discernment, and discipline and have responsibilities for the life of a congregation as well as the whole church, including ecumenical relationships.


Class of 2024

Belinda Badger
Diana Place
Kay Schmidt
Shawn Wooll

Class of 2025

Ann Jarvis (Moderator)
Erminia Gomez
Carol Kienbaum
Marlene Stevens

Class of 2026

Bobbie Butler
Wayne Barnes
Susan Barnes
Jean Samuelson

The Ministry of Deacon

The ministry of deacon as set forth in Scripture is one of compassion, witness, and service, sharing in the redeeming love of Jesus Christ for the poor, the hungry, the sick, the lost, the friendless, the oppressed, those burdened by unjust policies or structures, or anyone in distress.


The Endowment Committee’s purpose is to steward the Endowment Fund which is a perpetual fund that receives gifts and provides annual income to be used towards local, national, and worldwide mission.

Class of 2025

Bobbie Butler
Cheryl Wood
Aaron Puckett