On December 7, 2008, Immanuel welcomed The Rev. Dr.
Randall K. Wilburn as our Interim Pastor
following the retirement of our former Pastor, The Rev. Rudy Beyer,
who served this church from 1997 until 2008. Pastor Wilburn served Immanuel with wonderful leadership
and good cheer for over two years. He now is serving as an Interim Pastor in Pittsfield, MA. We are extremely grateful for his faithful and devoted leadership in Amherst.
Pastor Wilburn has been a full-time called parish pastor for 37 years and has served parishes in New Auburn, Wisconsin; Dallas, Texas; Wayland, Massachusetts; and Palo Alto, California. In 2005 he was called by the New England Synod to Intentional Interim Ministry and has served parishes in Worcester and Springfield. His education is from Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota, the Perkins School of Theology, SMU, Dallas, Texas; Andover-Newton Theological School, Newton, Massachusetts; Harvard Divinity School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, and The Mercy Center, Burlingame, California. He is a Clinical Member of AAMFT, has sixteen years of private practice as Marriage and Family Therapist, and is currently an associate of Gronlund, Sayther, Brunkow (GSB) consulting. He has been a trainer and provider of care in cases of Clergy Sexual Misconduct serving judicatories and seminaries of the ELCA, Presbyterian, and Episcopal faith communities and is the Founder of the Wilburn Center for Theological Education and Spiritual Formation in Palo Alto, California.
Randy has been married to his wife Karin for 44 years. They are blessed with three children, two who are adopted, and four grandchildren. Kathryn and Jason live in California. Adam and family live near Amherst and he is a Dr. of Chiropractic and Sports Medicine and serves UMass and Amherst College Athletics (and provides excellent seats to his parents at all sporting events.) Jason is an actor, musician, screen writer, and stand up comedian; but his day job is marketing. He and his family live in Thousand Oaks. Kathryn is a preschool teacher in Palo Alto. The Wilburns live in Amherst (just across the street from Immanuel) and he can be reached at his cell phone 413-230-3014 or on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 am - 2 pm, at the church, 413-549-0322.