The Reverend Christopher S. Esget has served as Immanuel's Pastor since 2001. He is married to Kassie, and they have one son, James.
Before coming to Immanuel, Pastor Esget served at Bethel Lutheran Church, DuQuoin, IL, where he was ordained in 1998. He attended Concordia Theological Seminary (Fort Wayne, IN) where he earned the Master of Divinity degree (1997) and the Master of Sacred Theology degree (2005). His STM thesis was a comparison of the doctrine of original sin in Patristic and contemporary Eastern Orthodox theology.
Pastor Esget is the Sixth Vice-President (East-Southeast Region) of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. He also currently serves on the Missouri Synod's Sanctity of Human Life commission and is the District Life Coordinator for the Southeastern District of the LCMS. He has presented papers at Concordia Theological Seminary's Good Shepherd Institute, the Concordia Catechetical Academy's annual symposium, the Rocky Mountain District's convocation on woship, the Higher Things youth organization, the St. Michael Liturgical Conference, the LCMS Institute on Liturgy, Preaching, and Church Music, and the Infertility Ethics Symposium at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. He has served as chaplain/worship leader for the LCMS Life Conferences, Lutherans for Life annual March for Life events, Higher Things, and the LCMS Worship institute. His sermons and exegetical work have been published in several periodicals. He is a 2015 Washington Fellow of the National Review Institute.
Born and raised near Minneapolis, MN, Pastor Esget pursued his love of music with classical piano studies at Augsburg College and the University of Minnesota, acquiring his undergraduate degree (Bachelor of Music, summa cum laude) from the Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA) in 1993. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family, reading, and playing the piano.