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Staff & Leaders

Leaders Serving Immanuel

Get to know those who lead at Immanuel, including our ministry staff, elders, officers, support staff and volunteers.

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Pastor Gregory Mech

Gregory Mech

Immanuel Lutheran Church welcomed Rev. Greg Mech to be its pastor in 2009. Gregory Mech grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, attending Lutheran Schools all of his life. After completing his B.S. in Secondary Education in 1975 (Concordia-Seward), he became an English teacher at Baltimore Lutheran High School. In 1986, Mech earned his Master of Divinity degree at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis. This allowed him to serve as pastor at St. John Lutheran Church in Chicago, to become chaplain and…

Jason Glaskey

Jason Glaskey has been serving Immanuel as Minister to Youth & Families since 2008. Born and raised in the Southeast Missouri town of Ironton, he started his college career at Missouri Southern State College in Joplin, Missouri. He quickly found himself attending church at Immanuel-Joplin, then helping with Youth Ministry, Sunday School, and singing in the choir. Discovering God’s Calling to become a Director of Christian Education and Lutheran Teacher, Jason transferred to Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska, earning a…

Jeremy Schamber

Mr. Jeremy Schamber is our school principal, and has been on the staff at Martin Luther School since 2010. Mr. Schamber is a pastor’s kid who graduated from Monroe City High School in Northeast Missouri. He attended Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska, earning a B.S. degree in Elementary Education/Special Education in 1997, and later completed his Masters Degree in Elementary School Administration in 2015. Jeremy Schamber’s wife, Mrs. Kelli Schamber, is a preschool teacher at MLS. The Schambers were married…

Kimberly Johnson

Kimberly Johnson has been serving God in our church office since 1984! Originally from Lowell, Indiana, she has called Joplin and Immanuel Lutheran Church home for most of her life. Besides being responsible for all of Immanuel’s print publications and being the friendly voice you hear on the phone, Kimberly oversees much of the day-to-day operation of the church office. A great source of pride for Kimberly is her daughter, Maddy, who is a dentist in Hawaii. (Needless to say,…

Jeff Schilling

Jeff Schilling and his wife Shyla have been members of Immanuel Lutheran for many years, raising two children and serving our congregation in a variety of continuing ways. Jeff works in the financial sector, specializing in home loans. When he’s not busy serving at Immanuel, Jeff enjoys playing a round of golf, working on old cars, or slow-cooking meats in his smoker.

Ron Repplinger

Ron Repplinger has been a member of Immanuel Lutheran in Joplin all his life, raising a family with his wife Carole, and currently enjoying retirement and his many grandchildren. Ron was with Eagle-Picher Industries for 43 years. He enjoys golf, skeet shooting, fishing and travel. Ron Repplinger serves as an elder and congregation president.