Immanuel Lutheran
Church & Preschool

Ministry Team

Pastor Garrett Knudson
Lead Pastor
Phone: 253-848-4548 X28


Amy Schweim
Minister of Student Life
Phone: 253-848-4548 X31

A graduate of Concordia University in St. Paul, MN, she has been on staff at Immanuel sine 1995.  Her responsibilities include worship leadership, children's ministry and community outreach ministry.  In her spare time she loves spending time with her three children, sons, Casey and Jayson, and daughter Shelby and their dogs.  Amy also loves gardening, canning, reading and trying new crafts.
Rev. Robert Banken
Visitation Pastor
Phone: 253-845-0350

A graduate of Concordia Theological Seminary. Serving Immanuel on a part-time basis since retiring from full time ministry at the Congregation of the Good Shepherd, an international congregation in Beijing, China.  Now serving senior citizens and others who are homebound.  He is the director and trainer of Stephen ministry, a one-on-one support system for people in particular need. 
Kellie Simmons
Business Manager
Phone: 253-848-4548 X21

Kellie is a Puyallup native who graduated from Rogers High School.  She is rejoining the work force after raising three boys, Wyatt, Dylan, and Carson.  As a family we enjoy sports, both as participants and spectators, traveling, preferably to tropical places. Kellie relaxes by listening to music and reading a good book.
Michelle Barger
Preschool Director
Phone: 253-848-4548 X22


Michelle has served at Immanuel on the preschool staff since 2005.  She enjoys building relationships with the preschool families and their children.  Michelle is a graduate of WWU and has been married to her husband John since 1993.  The Barger’s have two boys Tyler and Trevor, both preschool alumni.  Michelle LOVES watching her boys play sports, photography and going to the movies.
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