Pastor Taylor Stempniak

Taylor Stempniak graduated from the University of South Carolina with a degree in social work and from the North American Lutheran Seminary with her Masters in Divinity. She has spent the past year serving four congregations during her internship, where she has preached, taught Sunday School, organized Bible studies, and visited with members of the congregation in need of care. She is passionate about mission work, outdoor ministry, and finding creative ways to help people grow in their relationships with God and one another.

Jacob Wood

youth director

Jacob Wood was born in Fresno CA, and has lived in the Fresno area his whole life. His parents first brought him to Immanuel Lutheran after he was born and had him baptized when he was only a few months old. His family attended Immanuel regularly until he was in high school. He spent his four years of high school regularly attending at Hope Lutheran Church in Fresno. In college, he attended several different churches throughout the Fresno area.
He graduated from Edison High School in Fresno in 2013, and from Fresno Pacific University in 2017, with a B.A. in History. After getting his degree, he took on his current role as Youth Director at Immanuel.
Jacob will tell you that he is a huge nerd, with pride. He enjoys comics, fantasy, Star Wars, history, etc.. He loves movies, and goes to the theaters very often. He also loves music of all genres, is a drummer and sort of plays guitar. He is also a Giants (MLB) and Colts (NFL) fan. 
Most importantly, Jacob has made it his passion and mission to share God’s grace and love to any and all youth that he gets the opportunity to talk to. He loves his job and everyone that he has the privilege to work with while he serves as our Youth Director.

Victoria Salwasser

Office Secretary

I’m from the small town of Tranquillity, I met my husband, Mark, at Fresno State and after we married I moved to Easton in 1990. We joined Immanuel in 2001when I realized it takes a village to raise a child and I wanted friends and a church home in our community for our three children. We have a son and daughter -in-law, Drake and Alejandra who live in Clovis, a son, Shane who lives in Irvine, and a daughter, Audra, who lives in Los Angeles.

At Immanuel I found much more than a church home and friends, I found that God is with us here and I found a church family. Our lives changed for the better. We became involved with Bible Studies and activities with the kids, I was hired at the wedding hostess for the church and thought that was so much fun. I enjoyed working with the brides and grooms and getting to know them.

In 2004 I left the food industry and started working for Immanuel, as the church secretary. I help with the business of the church and programs as well as organize a weekly Women’s Bible Study on Thursday mornings. In 2017 my daughter was serving as deacon and had to move away for college. I was blessed to finish her term and I am now serving as a Deacon for Immanuel, a role I thoroughly enjoy.

If you visit Immanuel, please introduce yourself to me. I love to meet new people and show you what Immanuel is all about.

Church Council and Leadership


President:  Fred Cogan

Vice President:  Kristi Hollenbeck

Corresponding Secretary:  Allyson Kahn

Financial Secretary:  Sharon Reynolds

Treasurer:  Laura Nielsen


Carol Bennetts

Gina Cogan

John Jensen

Barbara Petersen

Cindy Tews


Noah Cisneros

Jim Hansen

Karl Nielsen