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 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 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.
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