Glen Schlecht, Senior Pastor
I love my family! My wife, Kathy, and I are blessed with four children, Zachary, Karina, Jonathan, and David. We all enjoy sports of all sorts, especially the backyard variety. I play basketball regularly and softball in summertime. As a family we also appreciate the outdoors and go camping as often as we can. You need to know that I'm a Green Bay Packers fan - my dad put it into my blood from early on and so I'm hopelessly stuck bleeding green and gold!
As Senior Pastor I love to dream about what can be and explore what God has in store for us at Immanuel. I spend a significant amount of my time interacting with staff and leaders at Immanuel to encourage and support them in their respective ministries and helping them to keep the larger vision of ministry in mind. I also love spending the time I do on preaching and looking for ways to help people more clearly understand the relevance of Jesus and the Scriptures to their lives and the place Jesus wants to have in their hearts.
Over the past 4 years I’ve been invested in the Doctor of Ministry program in Semiotics and Future Studies at George Fox Seminary under Leonard Sweet. I completed my dissertation titled, An Encouragement Toward Creative Preaching in The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod: Returning to our Creative Roots, in November 2017 with the prayer that it will be an encouragement to many others within the LCMS to boldly and creatively be about the mission our Lord has given us to our world today. [If you’re interested in reading all or some of my dissertation, just click on the attachement below -- and I would love to hear any feedback or thoughts you have on this important topic!]
The people and the possibilities are what excite me about ministry at Immanuel. The people here at Immanuel are so gifted and have such a heart for the Lord, compassion for others, and a willingness to try lots of different things for the Kingdom. The Lord's resources never go dry and I love to see people discover where God is calling them to serve and minister in their lives.
Al Schroeder, Pastoral Assistant
My wife Flo and I together have seven children and seven grandchildren. We enjoy walking, reading, listening to music, traveling and the arts. I have served churches in Johnstown & Wellington, CO, suburban Saint Lous, MO, West Memphis, AR (new start), Jerseyville, IL (mission), also Carrollton & White Hall, IL. I did pastoral care at a treatment center for alcoholics 1971-78. I am a graduate of Concordia Seminary, Saint Louis, MO 1958, and later did graduate studies in Old Testament; also MA in adult community leadership from Regis University.
I am involved at Immanuel as Pastoral Assistant, work with Human Care, Discipleship, Older Adults ministries, and Worship Planning Team.
The many challenges, the amazing variety and number of gifted people, the fine vision for parish ministry and the health of the congregation are what excites me about ministry at Immanuel . I have believed that God provides the people, the faith, and the gifts that are needed to do what God wills for this place and time.
Kathy Schlecht, Director of Worship and Music Ministries
I am thankful for the opportunity I have at Immanuel to use the gifts God has given me in the area of music and worship. Music itself brings such joy to life; when combined with God's Word, it brings life itself!
Immanuel's music ministry exists to serve our worshiping community. We don't hire individuals or groups to perform music for worship. Instead, we use the gifts God has given Immanuel through the individuals in this community of faith to lead and support our worship services. Musicians up in front during worship services are not performers but merely worshipers who have moved from the pew to the front of the church to help lead worship. You are invited to join in this great adventure of worship leadership through music!
Tim Handrick, Director of Youth Ministries
What an amazing life God has blessed me with! My wife Ashley and I have been married since January of 2014 and I couldn’t imagine doing ministry or walking through this life without her. She is from Orlando, FL and attended the University of South Florida to pursue secondary education. I grew up in Wichita Falls, TX and went to Concordia University Austin to follow God’s call in my life to be a Director of Christian Education. We both enjoy going on hikes and throwing the frisbee with our dog Gunner. Ashley enjoys beating me in tennis, and I love spending time on the golf course, learning new songs on the guitar, and keeping my fantasy football teams in line. Since moving to Loveland in May of 2015, we have done everything we possibly can to discover the active and vibrant front range. I’m not sure we’ll ever stop getting distracted by the view of the mountains. Both of us are passionate about developing meaningful relationships and encouraging others in their relationship with Christ.
I have been privileged to serve as youth minister to congregations in Harlingen, Texas and Tampa, Florida. Since accepting the call to be Director of Youth Ministries and moving to Loveland in May of 2015, it has become very apparent that this is right where God wants us to be. Immanuel is an encouraging, supportive, talented, and giving community of believers. My desire is to partner with youth and their families as they navigate life and faith together. How can I assist you in making Christ known to your family and in the community around you? Please do not hesitate to let me know where I can serve or pray for you.
Sara Hlava, Director of Children's Ministries
I am a mother of four wonderful children and blessed with a wonderful husband. I love my family and as hectic as life sometimes gets, I wouldn't trade it for anything. My husband and I moved to Loveland in 2002 and have been members at Immanuel ever since. I have been involved in children's ministry, especially Vacation Bible School, since 2007. In April 2014, I became the Director of Children's Ministries. I love children's ministry because I get to see kids living out their faith! They are eager to share the love of Christ with everyone they know and many they don't! Everyday I stand in awe of our amazing God and thank Him that I have this opportunity to serve Him in this capacity.