OUR LEADership

Believers who invest their hearts, time, families, and finances in the building of a local church deserve to have confidence in church leadership. People are looking for leaders who conduct themselves with integrity and respect when making decisions that affect their lives.

We Are Guided By Our PastorS

The Pastoral Staff team is led by the Senior Pastor. This team oversees the day-to-day ministry and operations of the church. These staff pastors serve the congregation and are responsible for the development of the spiritual life of the church.

Senior Pastor

Rev. Dr. Nate Ruch

Dr. Nate Ruch is the Lead Pastor of Emmanuel, a multi-ethnic, multi-generational church gathering at several locations every week. Nate, along with his wife Jodi have been leading Emmanuel since the spring of 2013. Nate has earned a doctoral degree from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, and previous to serving as the lead pastor of Emmanuel, he worked at North Central University for ten years as a Vice President. Prior to NCU he served for ten years as the Youth Pastor at Emmanuel. The desire of Nate and Jodi is to lead the church into reaching those away from God, growing in faith and living lives of purpose. They love helping people step into God’s possible for their lives. Nate and Jodi have been married since 1994 and have four incredible sons, a daughter in- law and a grandson. In their free time, they enjoy working out, sitting in the warm sun, and spending time with their family.

Pastor Jodi is an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God. She is the Director of our Discipleship Pathway and Emmanuel Sisterhood.

Location Pastors

Pastor Nathan Grams

Spring Lake Park

We Are Strengthened By Our Advisory ELDERS

The Advisory Elders are made up of five nationally respected ministers who love Emmanuel and are willing to provide spiritual protection to the church. They may be called upon to help in accountability matters relating to the Senior Pastor if requested to do so by the Pastors or Elders.

Bishop Walter Harvey

President of the National Black Fellowship of the Assemblies of God

Dr. Choco De Jesus

General Treasurer of the Assemblies of God

Pastor Wayne Benson

President of Paraclete Ministries

Pastor Lee Cummings

Senior Pastor of Radiant Church

Supt. Mark Dean

Minnesota Assemblies of God

We Are Protected By Our Global Elders

Our Global Elders are made up of seven to ten members of the congregation appointed by the Elder Nominating Committee and affirmed by the congregation to oversee the finances and assets of the church. They provide counsel to the Senior Pastor regarding the major financial commitments of the church and advise in matters related to the church.

Andrew Ballew

Angie Carlson

Bruce Wahoski

Dave Baker

Cathy Nimmo

Joe Martin

John Montgomery

Patti Erickson

*There are also local elders who work with the campus pastors. They are appointed by the campus pastor and approved by the Global Elders.