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Immanuel Lutheran Church - Altamont, Illinois

Our Staff

Pastor Wright

Pastor Jim Wright

Dr. James Wright was installed as Pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church on July 18, 2009. He previously served Zion-St. John Lutheran Church, Wisner, Nebraska; Pacific Hills Lutheran in Omaha, Nebraska, and most recently served as Associate Pastor of St. John Lutheran Church, Champaign, Illinois.

Pastor Wright holds Associate and Bachelors degrees from Concordia University, Ann Arbor, Michigan; Masters of Divinity from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis; and Doctor of Ministry from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana. He is trained in reconciliation ministry through Ambassadors of Reconciliation. He has served as Circuit Counselor and Emergency Services Support Team member.

Pastor is married to Lisa and has one daughter, Lillian.




Anita Alwardt

Anita Alwardt
Church Secretary

Anita was baptized and confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran, graduated from Altamont High School and Lake Land College.    She was employed by the former Continental Telephone Co., spent time at home raising a family, and then was employed by Prairie Farms until joining the staff at Immanuel.  
She resides with her husband Lloyd in rural Altamont.  They are parents of one son; two daughters and their spouses; and three grandchildren.

Her duties include welcoming those who come into the church office, answering the phone, scheduling Parish Hall activities, recording attendance and reports, and gathering information for the weekly bulletin and monthly newsletter.