Staff

Meet our dedicated staff

Graham N. West

Lead Pastor
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Born in Cape Town, South Africa, Graham lived for forty years under the apartheid ideology. Political turmoil, unrest and conflict challenged him to grow a discipleship that is relevant to the social environment. His background is in social work and business administration.

Ordained by the Methodist Church of Southern Africa, Graham has served in pastoral ministry for over 30 years.

“The emphases in my faith expression are God’s transformative love in Christ, discipleship formation (understood broadly) and engagement with God’s world.  My experience of the spiritual disciplines has cultivated a close relationship with God.”

He was trained as a life coach by Auburn Theological Seminary, New York, and will shortly petition the International Coach Federation for accreditation.

He is married to Kathi and they have two adult sons, Timothy, married to Kerry, and they have two granddaughters, and Matthew.

Douglas Clement

Associate Pastor
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Born and raised in Southeastern Wisconsin, Doug grew up with strong connections to the United Methodist Church.  He studied German Teaching and History at Winona State University.

While in college, he became involved with one of the local United Methodist congregations.  It was that congregation and his home church that 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.

Karen Burzinski

Director of Children's Ministries
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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 which 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 new 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, skiing, 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.

Stacy Lippincott

Director of Youth Ministries

Stacy joined the staff of ECUMC as the Director of Youth Ministries in 2016. She graduated from the University of South Florida with a degree in Secondary Social Science Education. Through the years, she has been involved in Youth Ministry, as well as teaching 6th – 12th grades in public and a private Christian school. Throughout her career, Stacy has furthered her education with courses from Dallas Theological Seminary, Asbury Theological Seminary and Moody Bible Institute.  Her gift is working with teenagers as they present a mystery every day on how to relate to them.  It is her mission to teach them of God’s unconditional love and forgiveness for each of us every day! Her reward is when a teen gives their life to the Lord and ask Him to be their Lord and Savior.

Stacy, her husband Steve and their daughter Kayla moved to the Germantown in 2013 from the Fond du Lac area although Stacy will tell anyone she is awaiting the opportunity to go back to the South. When not at church, she spends her time with family and friends, the theater, reading and traveling. Her favorite scriptures are Isaiah 49:16 and John 15:13.

Angie Sardina

Director of Family Ministries
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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. She has been a longtime member of the Christian Education Committee and is often helping out with Sunday School classes and other youth activities. Angie loves planning monthly Family Worship Services and organizing other opportunities for families to build their faith together.

In addition to working at the church, Angie has been teaching kindergarten in Menomonee Falls for the past 15 years. During her spare time, she enjoys camping, outdoor activities, and watching sporting events with her family. Angie’s husband and two children are also active members of the church.

Bill Follmann

Director of Music

Bill graduated from Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa with a BA in Vocal Performance. He starting his directing career at a small ELCA church in Sioux City and also directed a Presbyterian church choir in South Sioux City, Nebraska as well. Shortly after moving to Wisconsin, he became active in the music program at ECUMC has been directing the Chancel Choir since 1991. He has also added the Men’s Choir and Women’s Choir to his directing duties as well as chairman of the music committee. 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.

Rosella Jashinsky

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 Amateau

Administrative Assistant
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Sheryl has been our Administrative Assistant since August of 2014. After 13 years as a Preschool Teacher, Sheryl went to college and earned her degree in Medical Administration. With so many constant changes 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 4 years ago. They prefer the small town living over being so close 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 4 seasons here.

Sheryl very much enjoys encouraging her son Isaiah in his musical, singing, and acting choices at school, as well as helping out with the school’s productions. God, church, and family are top priority in their lives.