STAFF

  • The Rev. Stephanie Kershner was born in Youngstown, Ohio. She graduated from the University of Akron with a Bachelor’s of Music with a focus in Vocal Performance. Upon graduating, Pastor Stephanie moved to New York to become of member of the year-round servant staff community at Koinonia, a Lutheran Outdoor Ministry in the Catskills. During her year of service, she worked for Lutheran Disaster Response New York, Lutheran Social Services of New York, and True Light Lutheran Church in Chinatown. She earned her Master of Divinity from Union Theological in the City of New York, focusing on Preaching and Worship, and Certificate of Lutheran Studies from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. Pastor Stephanie was ordained at Grace Lutheran Church in Scarsdale, New York in 2011, where she pastored through June 2019.

    Pastor Stephanie is passionate about meaningful, creative worship opportunities and music, both sacred and secular. She experiences great joy in meaningful one on one conversations with her parishioners, discussing a range of topics from faith and scripture to favorite recipes to travel destinations. Pastor Stephanie is an ally of the LGBTQIA+ community and a strong supporter of Outdoor Ministry organizations and opportunities.

    In her free time, Pastor Stephanie is a powerlifting enthusiast and enjoys hiking, cooking for friends and family, fashion, and laughing. 


  • Vicar Ryan Heckman was born in Minneapolis, MN. Vicar Ryan was raised in the ELCA tradition and is thrilled to be following a life-long call to pastoral ministry. He graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor’s degree in Music and Religious Studies. He then received a Master of Nonprofit Management from Hamline University in St. Paul, MN. Vicar Ryan has worked in the nonprofit sector as a fundraiser and program coordinator since his graduation from the U of M. Most notably, he served as a fundraiser and RIC program coordinator at ReconcilingWorks and as a fundraiser for Headwaters Foundation for Justice, both located in the Twin Cities area. Vicar Ryan is serving as Emanuel’s part-time Vicar through Luther Seminary where he is working on his Master of Divinity through the Master of Divinity Accelerated (MDivX) program. Vicar Ryan lives in Windsor at the Loomis Chaffee School where his husband teaches biology, genetics and environmental science. In his spare time Ryan enjoys hikes, crafting a good cup of coffee and watching Formula 1 racing. 

  • Dr. Jun Lee’s music education in the United States began at the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. He received his Bachelor’s from Westminster Choir College, a Master’s in Choral Conducting from Florida State University, and DMA in choral conducting with music theory minor at the University of Connecticut. Jun’s dedication to Baroque music not only inspired his dissertation research on the Brockes Passion by Reinhard Keiser, but also directed the piece as the North American premiere with a grant from the Paul C. Richards and Gladys Richards Charitable Foundation. Jun has previously taught at Baekseok University and the University of Connecticut, and led various university ensembles, church choirs and children’s choirs. He has participated in conducting fellowship programs at the Yale School of Music, Princeton Music Festival, and Europa Cantat in Belgium. He has conducted in master classes with Simon Carrington, Frieder Bernius, John Washburn, William Weinert, Jan Harrington, Daniel Reuss, and Hans Leenders, among others. He conducted the Vancouver Chamber Choir as a guest conductor at the National Conductors Symposium, and Studium Chorale in the Netherlands. As a church musician, he served as the director of music at Trinity Episcopal Church in Hartford, the Choir School of Hartford, Somers Congregational Church, and Fellowship Presbyterian Church in Tallahassee, 

    among others.

  • A life-long member of Emanuel, Nancy has worked in the church office as the Administrative Assistant since November of 2003. She has recently taken over primary responsibility for managing membership and financial records. She enjoys working with such a talented staff. She feels blessed to be able to use her gifts and serve her church community in her position.


  • Anne has been a resident of Manchester for 23 years and a member of Emanuel for 15. She has been the Church Secretary for the past 13 years. Anne is responsible for creating the weekly Sunday worship bulletin, the monthly newsletter, the weekly email update as well as scheduling groups to use church space for meetings or events. 

  • Prior to her retirement, Lynne Gustafson RN had been Coordinator of School Health Services for the Manchester School System for 31 years. During those years she held several leadership positions; first as President of the Association of School Nurses of Connecticut and then as President of the National Association of School Nurses (NASN). In 1999 she was elected a Fellow in NASN. Through these positions she realized that she enjoyed creating new programs. When Emanuel decided to start a Parish Nurse program she decided that this was an excellent challenge and opportunity for her to blend her nursing skills with her spirituality. In 2004 she completed the Parish Nurse program developed by St Francis Hospital and Medical Center. Through the Parish Nurse program, Emanuel offers parishioners a wide range of health and advocacy programs.

  • Danielle Berneski is a life long member of Emanuel. This is her third year as Co-Director of Family Ministries. She is also a member of the Mutual Ministry Committee. She is a third grade teacher and loves working with children and their families. Danielle and her husband Joe have a son named Noah and a rescue Shih Tzu named Bella. In her spare time she enjoys reading and spending time with family and friends.  

  • Kathy Hatch,

    Property Supervisor