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Steve Wigdahl

Senior Pastor

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Pastor Steven E. Wigdahl is an Iowa native who graduated from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa in 1975. After spending five years in the broadcast industry, he attended Luther/Northwestern Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota and graduated in 1984.

His ordination occurred on August 19, 1984, in his home congregation, Zion Lutheran in Ruthven, Iowa. He served for 15 years as Pastor of Ascension Lutheran Church in Ogden, Utah. He has been the Senior Pastor at Emmanuel since July 1999. Pastor Steve is married to his wife, Maria.

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Jose Lebron

Associate Pastor - Pebblebrooke Campus

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Pastor José Lebrón was born in the Dominican Republic. He met his wife, Nieves, at the church they were both attending. Both were also attending medical school and after graduating they married. After thier first year of marriage they welcomed their daughter Ana Elizabeth into the world, shortly thereafter they moved to Brazil where José and Nieves became pediatricians. They then had 2 more children, José Eugenio and Nieves Judith.

After deciding to leave Brazil behind, the Lebrón's moved to the US and attended the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago, IL where they both graduated - José with an M. Div. and Nieves with a Master in Arts. Nieves and José obtained master degrees in education.

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Frank Lee

Resident Pastor Coordinator

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Pastor Frank Lee and his wife Jean come to us from their most recent home in Alexandria, Virginia. Pastor Lee graduated from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa in 1961 and Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN in 1965, receiving a Doctorate of Ministry from Luther Seminary, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania in 1984.

Pastor Lee has served calls at Hope Lutheran Church in Fargo, North Dakota; Hope Lutheran Church, Clinton, Maryland; and most recently at Peace Lutheran Church in Alexandria, Virginia. Pastor Lee accepted the Call to Emmanuel as Associate Pastor in June 2001. He served in that capacity until July 2017 where he was appointed as Resident Pastor Coordinator and serves as Pastoral Mentor to our Resident Pastors.

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Will Kittinger

Resident Pastor

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Will Kittinger joined Emmanuel staff in July of 2017 as one of two new Resident Pastors. He grew up in Venice, FL and worked in the hospitality industry for 15 years as a dishwasher, busser, server, bartender, and manager. Will has a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences from the University of South Florida. He is a seminarian at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary working toward graduation in May of 2019 with a Master of Divinity. Will is married to Jacqui, and they have a daughter named Elisha.

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Ian McMichael

Resident Pastor

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Ian McMichael grew up in eastern Oregon. After a gap year spent with family in Switzerland, he attended Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA. He majored in German with minors in Religion and Hispanic Studies. After graduating in 2013, he spent the next two years on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation teaching high school math. Ian and his wife, Corrin, were married in 2015 and promptly moved to Columbus, OH so that Ian could begin classes at Trinity Lutheran Seminary. He is working toward graduation in May of 2019 with a Master of Divinity.

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Jim Cooper

ELCA Deacon for Youth & Family Ministries

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Jim arrived at Emmanuel Lutheran Church on August 1, 2001 with his wife and two children. Prior to being at Emmanuel, he was the director of student life ministry for seven years at Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Ramsey, Minnesota. Prior to Minnesota, he worked at a large church outside of Chicago in small group ministry. Prior to that, he received his M.A. in Missions and Intercultural Studies from Wheaton College in Illinois. Prior to that, he served four years overseas with an interdenominational mission organization, serving mainly in Africa, India, Asia and the South Pacific.

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Joyce Finlay

ELCA Deacon for Worship & Music

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Joyce Finlay began at Emmanuel as a part-time accompanist under H.G. Fisher in 2000. She became Principal Organist in 2004, and joined the Staff full-time in 2010.

Joyce received her B.A. in French (minor, Spanish) from the University of Tulsa and her M.A. in French from Purdue University. She taught French and Spanish for 34 years. Joyce and her husband, Doug, lived in Kansas City and Jacksonville before coming to Naples.

After completing numerous theological and musical studies, Joyce was commissioned and installed as Director of Music and Worship in November, 2013.

Besides serving as organist and accompanist for the Emmanuel Ensemble and Choir, Joyce assists the pastors in planning the weekly worship services and scheduling worship participants. She helps with the weekly bulletin and Star, as well as with the monthly Newsletter. Joyce also serves as Staff Liaison for the Emmanuel Church Council.

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Dee Schleutker

ELCA Deacon for Mission, Service, & Outreach

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Dee-Anne Schleutker, an Ohio native, received her B.S. in Nursing from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio in 1988. Most recently she completed the Diaconal training for service and outreach in 2012. She presently works with Pastor José Lebrón as a Community Liaison for Mission Development.

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Carol Hartman

Parish Nurse

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Carol received her RN degree from Edison community College, Ft. Myers, Florida in 1981. She received her Parish Nurse Certification in 2005 through the International Parish Nurse Resource Center, St. Louis, Missouri. She worked in Oncology Nursing in Naples since 1983 and has been a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church since 1996.

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Vivian Shea

Business Administrator

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Vivian Duryea-Shea is the Business Administrator for Emmanuel Lutheran Church. In this capacity, she manages the business affairs of the church in the areas of finance and budgeting, insurance, fund-raising, office management, facilities and equipment management, risk management and security. She works closely with the senior pastor and governing body of the church.

Vivian earned her Bachelor of Arts degree at Adelphi University and her Master of Business Administration degree from Hofstra University both in New York.

Vivian has been married to Stephen Shea for 27 years and they have a toy poodle named Tammy.

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Gina Fidler

Engagement Specialist

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Gina is originally from Jamestown, NY and has lived in Southwest Florida for the last 20 years. She enjoys running, volunteers at the Humane Society and is an avid Red Sox fan. She and her husband, Fran, have a son named Sam who is currently attending law school in Boston, MA. They also have a pug named Romeo.

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Frine Donadelli

Administrative Assistant - Pebblebrooke Campus

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Jennifer Ziegelmaier

Publications Coordinator

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Deborah Vacca

Financial Secretary

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Deborah Vacca has been serving as Emmanuel's Financial Secretary since the summer of 2017. She is responsible for all facets of finance here at Emmanuel. Deborah has been working in various vocations of the accounting world since 1990. She holds a B.S. in Hotel, Restaurant, and Travel Administration from the University of Massachusetts and a Certificate in Accounting from Northeastern University.

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Colin Hart

Associate Director for Music & Worship

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What you need to know about Colin is that he absolutely LOVES music. He has a background in piano, choral/vocal performance, and theatre working alongside Grammy winners, Tony Award recipients, and Pulitzer Prize laureates. He has also been recognized with several national honors himself, including the Kennedy Center’s award for Best Dramaturgy in 2013. He is an avid composer, enjoying music from a wide variety of genres. An alum of Ball State University, Colin has taught at both the elementary and university level. He moved to Southwest Florida in 2017, accepting the position of Associate Director of Music and Worship Arts at Emmanuel in August of that year. He leads worship in the Alive contemporary service, has helped launch Emmanuel Community Church’s Saturday evening service, contributes to the music at the 11:00am sanctuary service, and helps organize special events, services, and programs for the congregation and Naples community. He lives in Fort Myers with his wife, Emily, and cat, Zissou, and hopes to have the opportunity to meet you and find a way to use your creative gifts for the furthering of God’s kingdom here on earth.

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Emily Hart

Children's Ministry Specialist

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Emily has a passion for youth education and creation care. Having earned her MS in Natural Resources and Environmental Management from Ball State University, she now teaches middle school science in addition to working at Emmanuel as both the Children’s Ministry Specialist and as part of the music/worship team. 

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Doug Denisen

Choir Director

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Doug Denisen has been the choir director at Emmanuel for ten years. He also held that position at Shepherd of the Glades Lutheran Church prior to coming to Emmanuel. Doug is a published composer and arranger of choral music and flute solos with three publishing companies and has been involved for over fifty years with instrumental music as an arranger, instructor, and performer in bands and ensembles. Doug holds a Bachelor of Science degree in music education from Minnesota State University/Mankato where he also did graduate work in music theory and composition.