Staff

Our Pastor | Joshua LaFeve

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Pastor LaFeve is married to Talitha.  Both of them are from Lansing, MI, where they first met through mutual friends in November, 2005.  On May 30, 2017 they celebrated eight years of marriage. On July 25, 2014 they celebrated the birth of their first child, a daughter named Eliana Joy. They are awaiting the birth of their second child in August.

Pastor LaFeve enjoys spending countless hours with his family. He also enjoys reading and being active outdoors running, hiking, camping, and playing ultimate frisbee.  Talitha enjoys reading, hiking, sewing, knitting, and baking.

Pastor LaFeve graduated from Concordia University, Ann Arbor in 2005 with a Bachelor's degree in Religious Studies.  He enrolled at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO and graduated in 2010 with his Master's of Divinity.  While at Concordia, St. Louis he took advantage of the opportunity to study for a term at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, IN and also spent an academic year studying at Westfield House, the Seminary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of England, located in Cambridge.  Following graduation he stayed an extra year at the Seminary to pursue his Master's of Sacred Theology (STM) in New Testament Exegesis with a minor in Systematic Theology.  He earned his STM in May of 2017.  He was ordained into the Pastoral Ministry and installed at his first Parish, Atonement Lutheran, Spring Valley, CA on July 31, 2011.  He accepted the Call to serve as Sole Pastor of Immanuel Lutheran, Leland, MI on May 31, 2015.

 

Our Organist | Mark Peters

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Mark Peters is the music director at Immanuel Lutheran in Leland, MI and director of the Peters Music Studio. His musical training began at an early age and cumulated with training on the organ, which he pursued in studies at Concordia University-River Forest, Illinois (now Concordia University-Chicago).

On the organ, he has studied with Scott Hyslop, William Kuhn, Steven Wente, Jeremy Chesman and Steven Egler.  His work at Concordia included studies in organ, church music, composition, voice, and bassoon.  He graduated and received a call to serve at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Staten Island, NY, where he served as their Minister of Music for two years.  In the summer of 2007, Mark was called to serve as Cantor at St. John’s, Monett, MO, leading their adult, handbell, and handchime choirs.  In 2011 he was asked to lead music ministry at Immanuel Lutheran in Leland, MI. He has achieved the Service Playing Certificate and Colleague Certificate for the American Guild of Organists.  Mark has served as the dean of the Cherry Capital Chapter of the AGO for 2 years ending in 2017. He also is currently pursuing the Registered Piano Technician certificate with the Piano Tuners’ Guild.

He shares his passion of music together with his wife Kathryn.  They have three children, Audrey, 9; Charlotte, 6; and Elaine, 1. They both maintain a private teaching studio, Peters’ Music Studio, teaching 25 students.

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