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Reverend Phil Ressler
Lead Pastor

Pastor Phil Ressler was born and raised in Northern Illinois. He was baptized and confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Belvidere, IL where he also attended elementary school.  He is a graduate of Rockford Lutheran High School and Concordia University, St. Paul, MN. He graduated Concordia Seminary, St. Louis in 2000 and completed his vicarage in Alexandria, VA.

He has served as pastor of Bethany Lutheran in Waynesboro, VA which is the 2nd oldest congregation in the LCMS having been founded in 1772. He has also served at Lord of Life in LaFox, IL and Good Shepherd in Old Bridge, NJ before coming to Brandon.

Pastor Phil has a number of accomplishments as a pastor of which he is proud. He authored an Amazon best-selling Christian devotion book titled “40 Things to Give up for Lent.” He has led several mission trips to Haiti and initiated a community meal packing event that sent almost a half million meals to Haiti. He helped to launch Comfort Dog ministries at his congregations in Illinois and New Jersey. He also served as a Vice President of the New Jersey District.

Pastor Phil is a widower but was recently married to his lovely wife Christine who is a Lutheran Elementary School teacher. They have six children between them – Isaac(24), Eli(22), Solomon(21), Abby(18), Thomas(13), and Jacob(13). Christine and Phil look forward to making their home in Valrico together with Thomas and Jacob. Their other children have moved out of the home and are in college or in the work force.

Outside of ministry Pastor Phil has a passion for photography and drones. You can check out some of his work at He also enjoys playing golf and running for exercise.


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Reverend Miguel Sanabria, Jr.
Associate Pastor for Hispanic Ministry

Rev. Miguel A. Sanabria Jr was born in Colombia in 1986 and moved to the United States in 2005. In 2016 he served in several Hispanic missions as Vicar, Messiah Lutheran Church in Tampa Fl, Hope Lutheran Church in Plant City Fl, Family of Christ Lutheran Church North and West in Tampa Fl. He graduated from Concordia Seminary Saint Louis, Missouri in 2018 of CHS Program Theological Education and Pastoral Formation and was ordained as Pastor of Messiah Lutheran Church in Tampa Fl, for Hispanic Ministries. Also he served as Pastor of Hope Lutheran Church in Plant City Fl. Pastor Miguel and his wife Katherine serve together in the ministry of the LORD. Rev Miguel and Katherine, thank GOD and also the families of Immanuel Lutheran Church & School for the call to serve as Associate Pastor, connect families to JESUS and grow the Kingdom of GOD.

Marsha Doon
Business Manager
Beverly Lowe
Church Secretary
Kathy Hogue
Church Organist/Music Director
Beth Bruce
VPK & Preschool Director
Melissa Schneider
Business Manager
Christal Trlak
Admissions Director and 3 year old Aide
Bill Webb
Dr. Joan Davis
Principal of ILS
Sue Steenis
Worship Leader
Jackson Hamilton
Youth Leader
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Youth Leader