History

Immanuel was founded in 1870 by immigrants from Germany. Finding no Lutheran church in Alexandria, they established one. After worshiping in rented space for a short time, they bought property at 811 Cameron in Old Town Alexandria. While the original building is gone, a placard there memorializes the first church:

 

Original ILC site placard

 

Immanuel started a parochial school in 1871. The school had to close during the Great War.

 

Originally independent, Immanuel joined the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod in 1880.

 

When Immanuel moved to its current location on Russell Road in 1943, the leaders began construction of a new school, which opened in 1944. It has been in continuous operation since then. Notable figures during this period were Pastor Willner Mensing and Teacher Ralph Behrens, who served as the school's principal.

 

Immanuel's Pastors:

 Name  Tenure
 Rudolph A. Bischoff  August 1870 - August 1873
 E. J. Fleckenstein  August 1873 - August 1877
 Vacancy  August 1877 - June 1884
 J. A. Schwoy  June 1884 - August 1893
 L. Glaser  August 1893 - 1895
 J. M. Eberlein  August 1896 - 1899
 M. L. Luecke  February 1900 - 1904
 John J. May  October 1904 - April 1909
 H. W. Gross  December 1909 - May 1910
 P. O. Tweten  May 1910 - July 1911
 C. F. Brandt  August 1912 - October 1917
 Carl J. Goette  September 1918 - April 1930
 Elmer F. Leonhardt  August 1930 - September 1940
 Willner D. Mensing  October 1940 - October 1976
 Robert Koch  October 1977 - July 1979
 Clifford W. Gade  July 1980 - September 1983
 Thomas L. Palke  July 1985 - 1999
 Christopher S. Esget June 2001 - Present
 Richard Gaub (assistant)  2004 - 2007
 Charles McClean (assistant)  March 2010 - May 2013
 Robert Kieselowsky (assistant) July 2011 - June 2012
 Peter J. Eckardt  August 2005 - Present