Pastor and Staff

Pastor Cynthia Bullock

Pastor Cindy is eager to enter the stories that make up Immanuel.  She grew up in Baltimore Maryland, and received a BS in computer science at William and Mary in 1981.  While in graduate school, she realized that the nagging voice in her head was God’s call, and left for Southern Seminary, in Columbia, SC.  She received her MDiv from LTSS, and has since served congregations in Richmond, VA; Dallas, TX; and West St Paul, MN.

When she’s not at church, you can usually find her in her kitchen experimenting with new bread recipes, at her  sewing/embroidery machine, or on a sailboat on Lake Superior with her husband, Brian, and children, Kim and Matt.

When she is at church, she hopes you’ll come by or call.  She has a passion for faith in daily living: discovering ways to live out God’s call in the home, workplace and community.  Let her know how you see and serve Jesus during your week!


Deb Ahlquist, Director of Christian Education


Deb enjoys working with all ages and types of learners in their faith development at Immanuel. She coordinates educational ministries for birth to 3 years old, preschool and elementary Sunday School, summer Vacation Bible School, junior high confirmation and Sunday School, senior high Sunday School, and Adult Forum. She is amazed by the energy, insight, and drive to grow in understanding by both the students and the volunteers. Deb is originally from Lincoln, Nebraska, and has a B.A. from St. Olaf College. She volunteers at her daughters’ schools, plays in the Immanuel Jubilate Ringers, and also works part-time at the Minnesota Children’s Museum.  Deb, her husband, and three daughters live in St. Paul.


Chris Cherwien, Director of Music and Worship

Chris Cherwien has been a church musician for over 30 years serving congregations in Minneapolis, Indianapolis, and Philadelphia. In both Indianapolis and Philadelphia, Chris founded summer music and arts camps for children. She is currently singing in the National Lutheran Choir and was appointed alto section leader for the 2012-13 season. Chris has a Bachelor of Arts degree in vocal performance from Augsburg College. She and her husband, Paul, have three children. Chris and Paul are thrilled to be back in Minnesota where most of their large extended family lives.


Robyn Wayne, Director of Youth and Family Ministry

Robyn is grateful and excited to join the Immanuel team. She grew up in Wisconsin Rapids, WI and attended University of Wisconsin – Green Bay to pursue an Individual Major in Youth and Family Ministry. She is excited to spend time learning, growing, and hanging out with the youth. During her college summers, she worked at Pine Lake Camp in Wisconsin, and loved the opportunity to watch campers grow in a community. She also worked as an intern at Good Earth Village in Spring Valley, MN and enjoyed learning and living in beautiful Southern Minnesota. Robyn also enjoys dancing, Zumba, taking photos, and crafting.

Russ Carlson, Parish Administrator

Russ joined the Immanuel staff in June 2004, having previously worked for Qwest, Intermediate School District 287, and the South St. Paul school district. The church began its major renovation shortly after he arrived, and he is happy to share stories about the changes during those first couple of years. For Russ, the best part of being at Immanuel is the interaction with the parishioners.

With a calling to be a musician, Russ earned a B.A. in Music Education at Augsburg College and keeps music as an avocation. He has served as a church musician for over 40 years and is currently on the TCAGO substitite roster.  Russ is a member of the  Exultate Chamber Chorus and is a featured soloist on a number of its recordings.  He also sings with Sonomento, a chorus affiliated with the MacPhail Center.

Donald Livingston, Organist

Since moving to the Twin Cities from Indiana, Donald Livingston has worked with such groups as Minnesota Opera, Ensemble Polaris, and The Rose Ensemble. Mr. Livingston is also adjunct professor of harpsichord at Concordia University-St. Paul, is an Associate of the American Guild of Organists, and holds the Juris Doctor from the William Mitchell College of Law. Don Livingston is in the process of completing his Doctor of Music degree in Early Music from the Jacobs School of Music of Indiana University, is the Associate Artistic Director of Consortium Carissimi, an early music group dedicated primarily to the performance of 17th century sacred music of Rome, and accompanist for Chorus Polaris.



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