I’m Pastor Dan Ritter, currently serving Immanuel as your vacancy Pastor. I retired from full time ministry in 2018. My wife, Dianne and I moved here from Minnesota to Parrish, FL this past November. We have been married nearly 25 years and have 6 children, all married and 7 grandchildren; 2 of which are members here at Immanuel. My son, Rob and his wife Jackie are Immanuel members as well as my sister Lynn Smith. I have regular office hours at the church Monday through Thursday from 8am – till noon. I’m excited for the future of Immanuel and I enjoy working with Pastor Miguel and the Hispanic ministry just starting here. We both covet your prayers as we strive to serve Immanuel Church and school and to be faithful servants of our Lord. May God bless us all through this time of transition and moving forward in ministry all to the glory of God.
Pastor Farnsworth is now retired from Immanuel Lutheran Church, after 22 years of dedicated service here. He retired at the end of December 2021. A celebration was held in his honor on Sunday, January 9th, with a celebration luncheon afterwards in the gym. Heavenly Father, today we are especially giving You all thanks and praise for the ministry of Your Word and Sacraments over the past 22 years by Pastor Farnsworth. Your Word, Lord is a lamp unto our feet and a light upon our path and Pastor Farnsworth has been a faithful servant of You in bringing to our hearing the gracious Good News of the Gospel. In serving You, Lord, Pastor Farnsworth has served this congregation well; all to Your glory. Thank You Lord for Pastor Farnsworth and his family and for all the blessings he has given us. Continue to be with him in his retirement; bless him with good health and let him enjoy the fruits of his labors.
Pastor Farnsworth spent most of his life in Utica, Michigan. He received his B.A. degree in Religious Education from Michigan Christian College and his M.A. (Master of Divinity) from Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, IN. He spent one year as a pastoral intern in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota before accepting a call to his home church, Trinity Lutheran, in Utica. He served there as Associate Pastor for six years prior to accepting the call to become Pastor at Immanuel in August of 1998. Pastor and his wife Tammie have six children and nine grandchildren.