Our Staff

Pastor Jim Wright

Rev. 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 St. John Lutheran Church, Champaign, Illinois. He is originally from Michigan.

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 also a chaplain for the Altamont Fire Protection District.

Pastor is married to Lisa and has one adult child.

Andrea Wendling

Director of Youth and Family

Andy was born and raised in Altamont. She was baptized and confirmed at Immanuel. She is a graduate of Texas A & M University where she earned a Bachelors of Science in Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences. She is currently a student at Concordia University, Irvine CA where she is studying to earn her Master's in Theology with a DCE Certification. 

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 five 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.