Jerome Sahabandhu serves as the Lead Pastor of the ECUMC and joined the community in July 2020. Prior to Emmanuel Community he served for some time in General Board of Global Ministries as a mission theologian in residence. While in Atlanta Jerome worked closely with the Candler School of Theology (Emory University), Gammon Theological Seminary, and North Decatur United Methodist Church.
Jerome is originally from Sri Lanka and lived, studied, and served in Ireland during his postgrads. Jerome was part of the Dublin Central Mission staff and pursued graduate work at Trinity College, Dublin. Whilst in Sri Lanka he was engaged in the ministries of theological formation, peacebuilding and reconciliation, social responsibility, and developed small connect groups. Jerome’s ministry passions are preaching and teaching, building the faith community for mission and mission from the margins, ecumenical dialogue and interfaith relationships, evangelization, and social justice. Jerome strongly believes that local parish is the visible sign of God’s grace in the wider community. Each person of Christian faith is called to be a disciple of Christ by growing and witnessing together with others for God’s Reign in each context one lives, thus always wanting to empower the people in ministry and mission-Jerome strongly believes.
Jerome and his wife Inoka have three children-Nisal, Shalomi and Meshach and have extended family in Sri Lanka. The Sahabandhu family loves to travel and walk, enjoy cross-cultural cuisines, pray together, and delight in friendships.
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 Discipleship Ministries
Janet is a life-long United Methodist, actively participating and filling leadership roles in several congregations in New England before moving to Wisconsin in 2018 and joining the ECUMC staff in 2020. Janet is passionate about the Church and engaging in opportunities to grow in faith. Ever since her undergraduate days at Mount Union College, she has taught youth and adult Sunday School and Bible studies and been involved in prayer ministries.
Janet began her career as an English teacher at Lexington Christian Academy in Massachusetts, but, after taking time off when her children were young, she returned to the workforce in office management. Her desire to learn and discover fuels her love of conversation, reading, and travel. Janet, her husband Bryan, and their two adult children have enjoyed discovering the beauty of Wisconsin – the Dells, Door County, Devil’s Lake, the Apostle Islands – and the wonderful Wisconsin treats of brats, frozen custard, and Kringles! They also enjoy the rich theater and music landscape of Milwaukee, which provides inspiration for their singing quartet.
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!
Director of Senior Community Care
Sean Cornell serves as the coordinator for the ECUMC care team; coming onboard in September 2020. Sean is also serving part-time as the associate pastor of Hebron UMC near Fort Atkinson.
A long-term Wisconsin-ite Sean (who grew up in Brookfield) has earned two masters degrees: the first (MA-TS) from Asbury Theological Seminary just outside Lexington Kentucky, and the second (STM) from Nashotah House Theological Seminary near Delafield Wisconsin. An ordained deacon in the Anglican tradition, Sean has been serving in various ministry capacities since high school fifteen years ago (as of 2020).
Sean’s passions in ministry are worship (particularly celebrating the sacraments and preaching) and the development of the Christian devotional life through prayer and other spiritual practices. Everyone is called to be and grow in a loving relationship with the holy and ever-blessed Trinity, and Sean seeks to make the tools and help needed to make that happen available to everyone, especially those outside the normal reach of the church. That includes those being ministered to directly by the ECUMC care team – those unable to attend worship due to age, illness, or injury – but also others on the margins of church and society, such as the LGBT+ community. Everyone needs God, and Sean hopes to be able to help facilitate that relationship wherever possible.
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:
Patti Rohr, Janitor
David Rohr, Handyman
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)
Laura Hohl, 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, Amy Schlotthauer, Accompanists for JaMM and SLaMM
Joe Burzinski, Director of Brass Choir