Graham N. West
Born in Cape Town, South Africa, Graham lived for 40 years under the apartheid ideology. Political turmoil, unrest and conflict challenged him to grow a discipleship that is relevant to his social predicament. His background is in social work and business administration.
Ordained by the Methodist Church of Southern Africa, he has served in pastoral ministry for 35 years.
“The emphases of my faith expression are God’s transformative love in Christ, discipleship formation, and engagement with God’s world. My experience of the spiritual disciplines has cultivated a close relationship with God.”
He is accredited with the International Coach Federation as a certified life coach (ACC), and offers coaching of participants to enrich their course in life and journey with God.
He is married to Kathi, and they have two adult sons.
Born and raised in Southeastern Wisconsin, Doug grew up with strong connections to the United Methodist Church. He studied German Teaching as well as History at Winona State University.
While in college, he became involved with one of the local United Methodist congregations. That congregation and his home church helped Doug discern a call to ordained ministry. His call was affirmed by the summers he spent working as a member of the summer staff at Pine Lake Camp through college and seminary, an experience that helped shape his understanding of ministry today as something we all share together.
One of Doug’s favorite things to do is travel. Taking trips allows him to see different places, learn about their history, and experience new things. Some of his other interests include reading, music, theater, and playing board games with friends.
Director of Children's Ministries
Karen has been the Director of Christian Education at Emmanuel Community since 2002. At church she loves the interaction with our many volunteers and with the children. She also enjoys developing hands-on lessons that encourage children to dig in and participate in the Bible stories and lessons. Seeing a child’s face light up when they suddenly “get it” is a rewarding part of each Sunday. Even more rewarding is when volunteers experience that same “ah ha!” moment with the children.
When not at church, Karen spends her time trying new recipes for her family, attending concerts, reading, and taking in a movie and popcorn whenever possible. Vacation time is always cherished and most often spent lakeside, hiking, and visiting family.
Karen looks forward to finding a way for each and every member of our congregation to help the children in our community grow in their faith.
Director of Intergenerational Ministries and Youth Discipleship Coach
Angie Sardina joined the staff at Emmanuel in June of 2014 as the Family Ministries Director. Angie was baptized in this church and has been an active member since childhood. Angie loves planning weekly Celebration worship services and organizing other opportunities for families to build their faith together.
In addition to working at the church, Angie has been teaching in the School District of Menomonee Falls since 1999. During her spare time, she enjoys camping and watching her kids’ sporting events. Angie’s husband and two children are also active members in the church.
Director of Music and Director of Youth Ministries
Bill graduated from Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa, with a BA in Vocal Performance. He started his directing career at a small ELCA church in Sioux City and also directed a Presbyterian church choir in South Sioux City, Nebraska. Shortly after moving to Wisconsin, he became active in the music program at ECUMC and has been directing the Chancel Choir since 1992. He has added the Men’s Choir, Women’s Choir, and the children’s music opportunities to his directing duties as well as chairing the music ministries team. He finds it very rewarding to see the choir members grow in their musical abilities and in their faith.
When not directing the choirs, Bill loves to sing, cook, and fish with his wife Ellen. He also enjoys concerts and attending musical theater productions. Together, Bill and Ellen love to sing with the Sunshine Singers and enjoy traveling and camping at many of the Wisconsin state parks. They also enjoy cooking for their children, Josh, Katie and Krissy, family, friends and special events throughout the year. Sing Every Day!
Organist & Choir Accompanist
Rosie Jashinsky began working as a church musician while still in high school in Montana. She graduated from Kansas University in 1972 with a degree in music therapy. Over the years she has taught piano, worked in in psychiatric and Alcohol and Other Drug Addiction (AODA) settings and a high school dropout prevention program.
Rosie and her husband, John, moved to Menomonee Falls in 1975 and joined Emmanuel shortly thereafter. At ECUMC, Rosie has taught Sunday school, led Vacation Bible School, directed the Angelus choir for 10 years, and sung with the Chancel Choir. In January 1997, she began to serve as the Chancel Choir accompanist and a year and a half later additionally took the position as organist for our Sunday services. She believes in ECUMC and our mission!
Rosie and John’s three children were baptized at Emmanuel and now their grandchildren are being baptized here as well. What a joy to share in their lives at ECUMC. When not involved in church and family activities, Rosie loves to attend theater and musical productions and athletic events, and enjoys performing with the Sunshine Singers and scrapbooking. Rosie feels uniquely blessed to have a job that is also her hobby.
Sheryl has been our administrative assistant since August 2014. After 13 years as a preschool teacher, Sheryl went to college and earned her degree in Medical Administration. Given the constant change in the medical field, she decided to seek out an administrative position instead of more college loans. She feels very blessed to be working here at Emmanuel.
Sheryl grew up here in the Falls, but she and her son Isaiah decided to move to Hartford four years ago. They prefer small town living over being closer to the big city of Milwaukee. Away from work they enjoy hiking (or snowboarding) in the snow-covered woods of Pike Lake and Slinger and swimming during the warm months. She loves Wisconsin and all the wonders of the four seasons here.
Sheryl very much enjoys encouraging her son in his musical, singing, and acting choices at school and helps with the school’s productions. God, church, and family are top priority in their lives.
Ministry Support Staff:
Scott Kumrow, Custodian
Ashley Rusch, Nursery Coordinator
Renee Rusch, Nursery Coordinator
Amy Bell, Director of Rainbow Ringers (youth-aged bell choir)
Kathy Kamps, Director of Spirit Ringers (adult bell choir)
Karen Akers, Director of Jesus and Me Musically (JaMM), (a younger-ages children’s choir for 3 years-1st grade)
Bill Follmann, Director of Serving the Lord and Making Music (SLaMM,) (an older-ages children’s choir for 2nd-5th Grade)
Kristin Selear, Mollie Preston, and Gerilynn Schinker, Accompanists for JaMM and SLaMM
Joe Burzinski, Director of Brass Choir