Our Staff

Rev. John Wilke
Rev. John WilkeSenior Pastor
Pastor Wilke serves Immanuel in a variety of pastoral roles, including counseling, discipleship, teaching and preaching. His professional background includes teaching high school and athletic coaching, youth work and pastoral training at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis.
Phillip Magness
Phillip MagnessCantor, Director of Worship Arts
Phillip Magness received both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Piano Performance from the University of North Texas. For several years he divided his time between freelance piano work, college teaching, and part-time work as a church musician. In 1993 he was appointed to his first full-time cantorate at Trinity Lutheran in Peoria. From 2000-2013 he served parishes in the Chicago area: first, Bethany Lutheran Church and School in Naperville, IL, followed by Trinity Lutheran Church and School in Tinley Park, IL. Both parishes gave him the honorific title “Cantor,” the historic title for the leader of worship in a Lutheran church. He is pleased now to serve Immanuel as “Director of Worship Arts.”

Phillip’s work outside the parish includes composing for Liturgy Solutions and serving as Secretary of the Board for International Mission for the LCMS. He also serves as Cantor for Doxology retreats. He was active with the Lutheran Hymnal Project, which assembled the Lutheran Service Book (LSB), and was chairman of the LSB Introduction Committee. LSB contains several of his compositions, including the tune UNION CITY (“If Christ Had Not Been Raised From Death”–LSB 486) and the OT canticle in the new Service of Prayer and Preaching (“The Lord God is My Strength and My Song”). Phillip is the composer of the song cycle setting Luther’s Small Catechism to music published by CPH, Sing the Faith. His wife, Cheryl, is an accomplished choral accompanist. The Magnesses are homeschoolers, and have three children: Trevor, Caitlin, and Evan.

Carrie Ann Swaim
Carrie Ann SwaimDirector of Teen Ministries
Carrie Ann Swaim is the ministry leader of youth in grades 7th-12th grade.
Todd Stevens
Todd StevensDirector of Children’s Ministries
Todd leads in a variety of growing programs designed to meet the needs of children and their families, from infancy through elementary school. Todd trained for education ministry at Concordia University and served as Director of Christian Education (DCE) in St. Louis, MO and Edmond, OK.