Pastor Sarah started serving Immanuel in November 2020. She first felt called to ministry while she was in confirmation class at her home congregation of Grace Lutheran Church in Naugatuck, Connecticut. For this reason, Pastor Sarah is passionate about children and youth ministry, knowing that faith formation and transformation occurs at all ages.
Before serving Immanuel, Pastor Sarah served St. Luke in Gales Ferry, CT. She also spent a year in Montana serving as Intern Pastor at Valley of Christ in Frenchtown and serving parttime in campus ministry. Her husband, Burton Barnes, works as a design supervisor at Electric Boat. Pastor Sarah, Burton and their daughters, Madeline and Hannah, enjoy spending time with family and friends, cooking together, and exploring New England with day trips to small towns and historical places. Pastor Sarah occasionally plays guitar and ukulele but only for very forgiving audiences!
Pastor Josh accepted a call to serve at Immanuel beginning in July 2018. He was born and raised in New Tripoli, Pennsylvania, a small rural town that taught him the value of hard work and community. Before coming to Immanuel, he served at his home congregation and at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church outside of Philadelphia. While in seminary, he married his wife, Annie, who is way out of his league and currently works as a neurologist at UMass. During their time in Narberth, Annie and Pastor Josh welcomed their first child, Penelope, and while living here in Holden rejoiced over the birth of their son, Caleb (who, despite what anyone says, will not cheer for the Pats). Pastor Josh loves meeting people, getting outside, eating good food, and serving with his hands. He’s an unashamed science fiction nerd, a passionate Eagles fan, and doesn't talk about Bruno.
Jen has been a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church since April 2006, and began working as parish administrator in June 2011. Jen is a graduate of Becker College (Worcester) and Worcester State College, and has more thirty years of office experience. Jen enjoys weekends away, reading, eating Thai food (and pretty much any food), and spending time with her family.
Claire W. Paquette
Claire holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from the College of Fine Arts at Boston University, a Master of Music Degree from the University of Connecticut (Storrs), and has done graduate work at Assumption College and the New England Conservatory of Music. She is currently the music specialist for a number of preschools in the area and serves as Music Director/Organist here at Immanuel.
Kristine has been the Director of Immanuel Lutheran Nursery School since December 2011, after having previously served as Assistant Director and full-day Preschool Teacher since 2002. She attended Anna Maria college where she received a bachelor’s degree in human Growth and Development/Elementary Education. Kristine also holds her Director 2 certification from the Department of Early Education and Care. Kristine’s sons and daughter are graduates of ILNS, and her youngest is currently enrolled. She loves to spend weekends with her family at their camper in Connecticut.
Amy is the Director of Christ Lutheran Nursery school. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in psychology from Westfield State University, and a Master’s Degree in Education from Anna Maria College. She is also Director and Lead Teacher certified from the Department of Early Education and Care. Amy has been married to her husband, Joe, for 10 years, and they have two children together, Avery and Grant.
Jen is still relatively new to the area, after moving from Chicago with her husband, Josh, in 2015. She has a BA in Political Science from Northern Illinois University and most recently worked as an in-house IT Project Manager for ten years until welcoming her daughter, Emilia in 2018. Jen has been assisting Immanuel with live stream services since 2021, and joined the staff in 2022. She is a member of the choir and helps with baptismal blankets (though she needs some experts to show her some new patterns!).
Jen enjoys exploring New England with her family, learning the correct pronunciation for various words (like "Wusta"), hiking, rooting for the Pittsburgh Steelers (yes, the Steelers…), and cheering for the national soccer teams.