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About Immanuel Lutheran Church

867 North Pleasant Street
Amherst, MA 01002

Our Sunday morning schedule (beginning September 11, 2011, through June 10, 2012) :

SUMMER Sunday morning schedule (June 17, 2012 through Labor Day) :

Immanuel's Staff

Committee contacts

Congregation Council:

Others serving on committees include:

Mutual Ministry Committee

The Capital Campaign Team

To reach a member of these committees, please contact office@immanuel-amherst.org.

Our past:

Founded in 1962 as a mission church to the colleges in the area, the fledgling congregation met in the Odd Fellows Hall in downtown Amherst for three years. In 1965, our main building was completed. The well-known theologian, the Rev. Dr. Martin E. Marty was preacher for the dedication service of our sanctuary. Dr. Marty has delivered the sermon here several times since then. He is the founder of the Institute for Advanced Study of Religion (now the Martin Marty Center) at the University of Chicago where he is Professor of Religious History, Emeritus.

Another well-known theologian who had close ties to our congregation and preached here on a number of occasions is the Rev. Dr. Krister Stendahl, the late father of our third pastor. Dr. Stendahl was Dean and Professor of Divinity at Harvard Divinity School and later was consecrated as the Lutheran Bishop of Stockholm, Sweden.

In 1995, the Fellowship Hall section was added to the original building. This building features, in addition to a large fellowship hall, the Pastor's office, a meeting lounge, kitchen, and a number of classrooms upstairs.

Immanuel has been served by five pastors: founding pastor Richard E. Koenig, who served from 1962 until 1978; Paul F. Bosch, 1979-1982; John K. Stendahl, 1983-1995; Louis (Rudy) Beyer, 1997-2008, and our current pastor is Steven Wilco, starting in 2011. We have also had able pastoral leadership from several people during interim periods, including, Karl Donfried, Lyle Larson, and our most recent Interim Pastor, Randall K.Wilburn. Our congregation has been richly blessed by the service of all of these dedicated and faithful pastors.

Congregation Council

The Council has responsibility for all aspects of congregational life. Under the leadership of President, Jon Niedzielski, the Council works with the Pastor and staff members to enhance the way Immanuel Lutheran Church carries its mission as a Christian community serving the towns in this area, the nearby educational institutions, the larger church, and the Kingdom of God in the world.

Our location and phone

The Community

Immanuel is located in the beautiful and historic Town of Amherst, Massachusetts. Amherst, located at the heart of the "Pioneer Valley" of Western Massachusetts, is a center of diverse culture, agriculture, technology and education. The five extrordinary institutions of higher learning located within a 10 mile radius (see The Five Colleges) provide our area with many of the advantages of a thriving city, and yet Amherst and its neighboring communities possess a small town New England charm and feel.

Press here to write to:
Pastor Steven Wilco
Church Office
867 North Pleasant Street
Amherst, Massachusetts 01002
413-549-0322 (Voice)
413-549-1916 (Fax)

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