Pastor Derek came to Immanuel in 2004. We have made many changes under his leadership. Our focus has become centered on following Jesus in our everyday lives. We seek to be a blessing to real people in our world. To make these goals reality, we have structured the style of our services to reflect the diversity of those who worship with us in our present day. We strive to faithfully blend the best of the past with the best of the present in ways that are easy for all to embrace. We have renovated our worship space to ensure that it is both reverent of God and welcoming to guests. Recognizing that we live in more relaxed times than days-gone-by, our worship is casual, without being a “pep rally.”
Pastor Derek’s sermons often involve dialogue with the congregation (but don’t worry, he doesn't “call on” people!). We typically follow the Church’s lectionary reading schedule, to ensure we cover most of the Bible’s main themes over the course of 3 years. We also have several small groups which meet throughout the week to facilitate learning and fellowship.