“Lord, when I feel that what I'm doing is insignificant and unimportant, help me to remember that everything I do is significant and important in your eyes, because you love me and you put me here.”  - Brennan Manning

Emmanuel's office is open Monday through Thursday, 9-5 p.m. Click here to contact us, or feel free to call.


While we are all "ministers" of the church, a few of us spend a bit more time in the building every week.
Get to know our staff here:

Rev. Robert Eller, Pastor      E-Mail

    Pastor Rob Eller began his ministry at Emmanuel Lutheran Church on July 11, 2021 and was ordained on July 17, 2021 at his hometown church, St. John's Lutheran Church, in Erie, PA. He and his wife Tanya and daughter Isobel reside in Sugarcreek. Formally a history teacher, Pastor Rob recently graduated from Trinity Seminary in Columbus, OH.

    Please call the church office, 330-364-7571, Monday through Thursday to schedule a meeting or to speak with Pastor Rob.

Barb Sandy, Office Administrator      E-Mail

    Barb grew up in New Philadelphia, graduated from New Philadelphia High School, and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in graphic design from Kent State University. After marrying John Sandy in 1989, they have resided in Dover and have two children, Matthew and Sierra. Their son Matt earned a Bachelor and an Associate degree from Kent State University in Mechanical Engineering and works locally at Deflecto as their Manufacturing Engineer. Their daughter Sierra earned a Bachelor degree in Early Childhood Education and works locally at ProVia and at Dover High School as their Assistant Tennis Coach. Barb and John were married at Emmanuel and both children were baptized and confirmed here. Barb accepted the position of church secretary in April of 2006. She is passionate about service and enjoys participating on the Service Committee. If you wish to contact Barb at the church office, please call her at 330-364-7571.

Libby Pasquinelli, Financial Secretary      E-Mail

    Libby was born in Spokane, Washington, while her father was in the Air Force. At a young age the family moved back to Canton, Ohio, where Libby then grew up. She attended Stark State College studying accounting, but never completed her degree. She currently works in the cafeteria at Buckeye Career Center as well as here at Emmanuel.   Libby lives in Gnadenhutten with her husband Stephen and two kids, Tyler and Alexis. Both Tyler and Alexis are currently in college, at Kent State Tuscarawas and West Liberty University (WV), respectively.

    Libby and her family have hosted multiple foreign-exchange students in their home, and recently were awarded "Host Family of the Year" by the Academic Year in America.

    Libby and her family are members of Grace United Church of Christ in Canton, Ohio. She is the co-treasurer of the Indian Valley Athletic Booster Club and is involved in many activities with the Booster Club. She has played handbells in her church’s bell choir since she was in high school, which is a fun and relaxing activity for her. If you like to check out outdoor Christmas light displays during the holidays, please ask Libby for her address as Stephen goes above and beyond with a wonderful Christmas light display at their house starting Thanksgiving night through New Year’s Day!

Tom Locker, Church Custodian / Hospitality

    Tom is a lifetime resident of New Philadelphia. He graduated from New Philadelphia High School and received an Associate Degree in Banking and Finance from Stark State College. After more than thirty years in banking and business, Tom took a job at Buckeye Career Center in maintenance, where a large part of his responsibilities are safety compliance for the building. He and Vicki married in 1982 and have
three adult children. Kevin is married to Jennifer and they reside in Canal Winchester, Ohio, with their daughter, Olivia. David is married to Alyssa and they reside in Pickerington, Ohio, with their daughter, Rose. Valerie is married to Wesley and they reside in Columbus.

    As a lifetime member at Emmanuel Lutheran, Tom currently serves on church council. In addition to spending time with his family, he enjoys an occasional game of golf and is an avid Ohio State Buckeyes fan. Tom has always been interested in city government and served as councilman for his ward for six years. He and Vicki enjoy traveling.

Ruth Patrick, Worship Coordinator / Choir Director

    Ruth was born in Pennsylvania but has lived most of her life in Ohio. She attended Capital University and received a B.S. in Music Education, then teaching elementary music in the Austintown School System. In 1982 she married Steve Patrick, a Lutheran minister. Steve served churches in Magnolia/Sandyville, Dover, Mansfield, Lakewood and New Philadelphia before retiring in 2014.
    Ruth began her church music career playing a pump organ for children's Sunday School classes in her home church in Greenford, Ohio, when she was about twelve years old. She eventually became the organist for worship services there, as well. Ruth has directed children's and adult choirs and has served as organist/pianist and Director of Music at several of the churches in which she and Steve served.

    Ruth and Steve have one son, Martin. He and his wife, Maggie, live in Northfield, Minnesota, with their rescue greyhound and 3 cats. Ruth's other interests include travel, reading, "antiquing," and taking long rides in the country with her husband.


Cindy Smith, Organist/Pianist

    Cindy began her position as organist at Emmanuel in January 2021. She and her husband Dane live in Strasburg and their son Pearce lives in Columbus. Cindy was a music major at Kent State University and previously served at St. John United Church of Christ in Strasburg.

Emmanuel Church Council

    Emmanuel has a dedicated Church Council of eleven women and men who handle all of the major decisions of this church. These faithful people discuss the vision of the church, and others matters brought before them by various committees.
    Our Council meets on the second Monday evening of each month and anyone is welcome to attend these meetings.