LaRae Rutenbar was ordained in the Episcopal Church in May of 1980, just four years after the Episcopal Church officially began ordaining women to the priesthood. Since that time she has served as a hospital chaplain, parish priest, interim rector, interim dean, transitional consultant and supply clergy for many of the Episcopal Dioceses around the nation. Her passion for preaching reflects a desire that those who share in the community of faith, live out our faith and belief in our daily lives and relationships. LaRae is originally from the beautiful state of Montana, but since ordination has served parishes and institutions in Kentucky, Ohio, Georgia, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Arkansas and Tennessee. She has two adult children: Michael and Libby. LaRae’s husband, Mark, is also an ordained Episcopal Priest. She graduated from Rocky Mountain College, in Billings, MT with a B.S. in Psychology and has her M.Div from Virginia Theological Seminary.
Mary Jane (or MJ as we know her) came to be with Emmanuel in May of 2013. As a transitional deacon she is discerning a vocation as a priest. Her particular interest are that of Interim Ministry, therefore, she is at Emmanuel while it is in the process of calling a new priest.
MJ is from Calgary, Alberta and has lived in the Chicago area for many years. She began her ministry as Deacon at St. Lawrence Episcopal Church in Libertyville, IL.
The Rev. William (Bill) Rimkus has been a Deacon in the church for twenty-five years, eleven of which have been in service here at Emmanuel. Deacon Bill is married to Rebekah and is the father of five children and grandfather to three. He is self-employed and enjoys painting in various media. (Take a look at our Youth Group gathering space downstairs - Bill's artwork is amazing!) One of Deacon Bill's many gifts to the church is his powerful preaching which offers sermons that both challenge and inspire the congregation.
Ben Nesler has been a high school Social Studies and English teacher at Evergreen Park Community High School for ten years and chair of the Social Studies and World Languages departments for the last seven. One of his professional highlights was attending the 2012 Nobel Laureate Peace Conference in 2012, where he and his students saw the Dali Lama, Mikhail Gorbachev, and Sean Penn speak. Ben met his wife Heather while they were both studying to be teachers at Illinois State University, and upon graduating they moved to the La Grange area, as Heather grew up in Western Springs. Ben and Heather, along with their daughters Charlotte and Kathryn, have attended Emmanuel-La Grange for three years. Ben enjoys spending time at the family summer home on the Kankakee River and collecting records
As parish administrator, my jobs include working on bulletins, answering phones, scheduling various activities, and general office work. I also get a chance to interact with the wonderful parishioners that come in and out of my office. I am a former elementary teacher and love the fact that I still get to work in a profession that deals with people. My husband Glenn and I are proud parents of three children who love to come and visit my office and see what is happening. I have had the chance to meet lots of new people and I am humbled by the kindness and generosity I get to see firsthand within the parish and the support they give to surrounding communities. I feel extremely blessed to have a job that I look forward to everyday and that I truly enjoy.
Susan E. Cox- Senior Warden
Bill Hoekwater - Junior Warden
Jim Beyer -2016
Jennifer Enriquez - 2015
Penny Longo - 2016
Mike McCrohan - 2014
Isabel Noth - 2014
David Shallow - 2015
Jamie Workman -2016
Linda Brongel -Treasurer
Jim Beyer - Clerk