WHAT WE BELIEVE
Emmanuel Lutheran Church is a member of the Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod. We are a Biblical, evangelical and confessional Church. What this means is that we proclaim the Bible to be the true and inerrant Word of God and Jesus Christ to be our Lord and Savior. This is the great news that we celebrate as we worship Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Only this celebration is not just reserved for Sunday mornings; instead, it is a lifestyle.
One truth that we dearly need to understand with our whole being is that the Christian faith is not, nor will it ever be, a religion. Instead, it is a relationship with our God that Jesus made possible through His saving work on the cross and His triumphant resurrection from the dead. If you notice, Scripture continuously speaks of love; from God’s love for us, to our love for Him. It tells us how He truly is our loving Father and how you and I are His children. That is a relationship and that is the message of Scripture! Jesus has brought us into this eternal relationship, which someday we will celebrate to its fullest in Heaven. But for right now, we are to celebrate this relationship with each other and to strive to build each other up in this relationship with Christ.
That is what we are all about here at Emmanuel. It is this relationship, this love that we stress in the life of our congregation and in all our ministries and missions. May God continue to guide us as we “Build Relationships in Christ.”
REV. KEITH ENKO
Pastor Enko is a native of Westfield, Massachusetts. He is a graduate of Concordia College, Bronxville, New York with a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology; and from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO, in 1982 with a Masters in Divinity. He served his vicarage year at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Baltimore, MD.
He also served as assistant pastor at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Rock Island, IL; pastor at Bethel Lutheran Church, Glenshaw, PA, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Keene, NH, at Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church, Panama City Beach, FL, and at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Clarence, NY.
During this time, he also served as Chairman of the Youth for Church Professionals for the Eastern District LCMS, was a member of the Lutheran Church Planting Committee for the New England District LCMS, as the New England representative for the Synodical Commission on Continuing Education, and most recently as Board Member and Chaplain for Summer Staff at Camp Pioneer in Angola, NY.
He is married to the former Kim Fiske of Rochester, NY. Kim is also a graduate of Concordia College with a B.A. in history.
Their marriage has been blessed with three children: Nicolaus (Rachel), Zachary (Laiz) and Abby (Paul Nies).
REV. TIM HUNZE
Pastor Hunze was born in Tampa, Florida, but spent most of his youth in both Birmingham, Alabama and Knoxville, Tennessee. He has called Nashville home since 1988. He is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University with a B.S. in Mass Communication with minor in Recording Industry Management. He began his ministry as a Deacon at Cross of Life Lutheran Church in Antioch, Tennessee in 2000. When Cross of Life merged with Spirit of Joy to become Hope Lutheran, Deacon Hunze continued to serve for the new congregation. In 2015, Tim joined Emmanuel Lutheran and continued to serve them as Deacon. January 2018, after two years of preparing, he was approved to join the Roster of Specific Ministry Pastors. Pastor Hunze was ordained and installed as the Associate Pastor at Emmanuel Lutheran in May 2018. He is currently overseeing the children and youth ministries here at Emmanuel Lutheran.
He married Leslie Williams-Hunze in 1992. They have been blessed with two daughters: Blakely and Isabella.