“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. Scott Nellis, Pastor E-Mail
Pastor Scott has called many places "home." He grew up in Winchester, Virginia, received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in graphic design in West Virginia, got married in Indiana, received his Master of Divinity in Ohio at Trinity Lutheran Seminary, and now resides in New Philadelphia with his wife, Mary, and daughters, Lydia (10) and Adalynn (4). Mary is a registered nurse and is also a gifted musician. Scott was called to be pastor at Emmanuel in June of 2016 and was ordained, with three of his colleagues, into the ELCA's Ministry of Word and Sacrament in August of 2016. He is passionate about things like justice and God's equal love for all people, and strives to convey a spirit of inclusivity in worship each week at Emmanuel.
Healthy pastoral leadership is about cultivating relationships, and, to that end, Pastor Scott is always available to meet and have coffee. You can set up a meeting by calling the church office at 330-364-7571. You can also follow his blog on faith and life at scottnellis.blogspot.com or see his graphic design at churchgraphics.blogspot.com.
Barb Sandy, Office Administrator E-Mail
Barb grew up in New Philadelphia, graduated from New Philly 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 attends Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, pursuing a Bachelor degree in Early Childhood Education. 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 Gahanna, Ohio.
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.
Mary Nellis, Contemporary Music Leader
Mary, like her husband (Pastor Scott), was born in Virginia. She spent most of her childhood in Reading, Pennsylvania and was active in the Berks County Children's Chorus for many years. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Shepherd College (West Virginia) and her Master of Science in Nursing Education from Western Governor's University (online). Mary is a Registered Nurse and currently works at Kent State University–Tuscarawas as a clinical nursing instructor. She is also a mother to Lydia (10) and Adalynn (4).
Mary is passionate about music, and also about providing contemporary worship music that has an emotional connection to its hearers. In addition to music, her other passions include being a huge Indianapolis Colts fan, an avid reader, and a lover of good coffee.
Lauren Berlingeri, Organist/Pianist
Lauren comes to us from Oregon where she started playing the organ for church at the age of 12. She studied piano for 10 years, then attended Lane Community College and Northwest Christian University – both in Eugene, OR, as a Music Major. She then taught music at Roseburg Christian School in her hometown of Roseburg, OR. Lauren has been an organist/pianist for 48 years now, as well as an accompanist, singer, and choir director. She has worked in radio and community theater – as an entertainer and writer – co-producing three musical reviews and a fourth with original compositions. Her passion is her family of 4 children and 10 grandchildren. Lauren's dad was a Lutheran pastor and a singer too! Her talents can be seen at www.waitingstar.com
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.