Church Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am - 1 pm
Church Office: 708-479-5600 Church Fax: 708-479-2248
Pastor -- Rev. Aaron Schellhas
Rev. Aaron Schellhas has been Immanuel's pastor since January 2019. He was formerly the pastor at St. John's Lutheran Church in Woodstock, Illinois. He grew up in Holt, Michigan and attended Concordia University, Chicago, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in both Church Music and Theological Languages. He attended Concordia Seminary in St. Louis and graduated with his Master of Divinity in 2008.
Pastor Aaron met his wife, Leeann, during their undergrad years. They married in 2003 at Immanuel Mokena and have three children. Their family goes by the moniker Schell5, and they share a love of all things Disney and enjoy playing games together.
Church Secretary/Administrative Assistant -- Michelle Hoag
Michelle has been a preschool teacher at Immanuel since 2017. With the temporary closing of the preschool, Michelle was available to step into the administrative assistant’s role when Nicolette Fitzpatrick left at the end of November 2020. We are fortunate to have someone already familiar with Immanuel and very familiar with LCMS, since her husband, Doug, is pastor of Trinity Lutheran in New Lenox.
Michelle and her husband have two sons, Chris and Cam. She enjoys reading, walking, and dark chocolate.
Dale Disabato, Organist
Dale and his wife, Kathy, have been members at Immanuel since 1997, the same year Dale became the organist for the congregation. He has a bachelors degree in music performance and a masters in music education. With his background and education, he is a perfect fit for coaching instrumental soloists and occasionally filling in for the choir director at rehearsals. Dale enjoys fishing and remote control airplanes in his spare time, and he and Kathy have two daughters.
Nancy Mirocha, Music Coordinator
Nancy has been choir director at Immanuel since 1984 and became music coordinator in 2007. She holds a bachelor of arts degree with an emphasis in choral music education and a master of arts degree with an emphasis in piano instruction and vocal performance. She held various teaching roles through the years, most recently at Marion Catholic H.S. in Chicago Heights; she retired in 2002 after teaching music there for 12 years. She and her husband, John, have two children and three grandchildren to help keep them busy. Her hobbies include gardening, reading mysteries, and knitting.
Linda joined Immanuel's staff in November 2017 as preschool director. Her prior experience includes the position of preschool director at Grace Lutheran Preschool in Wilmington and preschool teaching experience at Peace Community Preschool in Frankfort. Linda and her husband Ray have two sons and three dogs, and she enjoys hiking, mountain biking, and traveling with her family. Her favorite bible verse is Matthew 17:20.