Rev. Kenneth Hoover has served Immanuel Lutheran Church as it’s pastor since the fall of 2003. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Concordia College, Ann Arbor, Michigan, in 1979, and then earned his Master of Divinity degree from Concordia Seminary in St Louis, Missouri, in 1988. Pastor Hoover served two congregations in Nebraska prior to coming to Immanuel. He is married to Michele and has four children; Johanna, Cassie, Ben, and Vincent. He enjoys 3 grandchildren: Collete & Thorin Walter, and Hadley Brewer. Pastor Hoover’s passion is to serve God through His Church on earth as it fulfills God’s mission of touching hearts and changing lives with Jesus.
Rachel joined our team in July of 2018 and serves as our Office Administrator. She is responsible for the overall management of the church office and provides administrative support to not only the church staff but also to our preschool and other ministry teams. Rachel has over 25 years experience in office management, mainly in supportive living and nursing facilities within the Coles County area. Rachel is a graduate of Charleston High School and we recently discovered she also is an alumni to Immanuel's Preschool program. In addition to spending time with her family and friends she enjoys vacations on the beach and time with her grandkids.