Church Staff

The Rev. Kevin C. Jones – Senior Pastor

Email: kevinj@immanuelbaycity.com
The Rev. Kevin Jones was installed at Immanuel Lutheran Church on August 14, 2011, as its senior pastor. Pastor Jones, a native Michigander, graduated from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, in 1988, and has served previously as assistant and associate pastor at St. John’s Lutheran Church in West Bend, Wisconsin (1988-1994), and at Peace Lutheran Church in Rogers City, Michigan (1994-2011). He has also served as Chaplain for the Wisconsin Federation of Lutheran Altar Guilds and as Michigan District Counselor for the Mackinac Straits Circuit. He is a certified Prepare-Enrich Marriage Counselor, has been trained in the “PeaceMakers” ministry, and has participated in Grace Place ministry. Pastor Jones and his wife Amy have one son, Ian, a graduate of Immanuel.

The Rev. Leroy R. Westphal – Pastor

Email: leroyrw@immanuelbaycity.com
The Rev. Leroy Westphal, in a third generation of pastoral ministry, has served as Visitation Pastor at Immanuel since January, 1996. He is a native of central Illinois and graduated from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, in 1958. Pastor Westphal has served parishes in Lisbon, North Dakota (1958-1963), Bellwood (Chicago), Illinois (1963-1969), and Zion Lutheran Church in Auburn, Michigan, from 1969 until his retirement in 1996. He has served as a Circuit Counselor in the Northern Illinois District and in the Michigan District and has also served on various district boards and committees. Pastor Westphal and his wife Carol have four grown children and seven grandchildren.

Mrs. Sarah Geikas – Director of Parish Music

Email: sarahg@immanuelbaycity.com
Mrs. Sarah Geikas was installed in August of 2004 as Immanuel’s Director of Parish Music, and she oversees the music programs of both the church and school. Sarah is originally from South Dakota and graduated from Concordia University Nebraska in Seward, Nebraska, with a degree in Parish Music and an emphasis in organ. She enjoys playing the organ, piano, handbells, trombone, and singing and especially enjoys accompanying the choirs and soloists on the piano. In her spare time she loves to bake, garden, bike, bead, and run. Sarah is married to Nicholas Geikas, who has a son George.

Mrs. Betsy Bourassa – Parish Assistant

Email: betsyb@immanuelbaycity.com
Mrs. Betsy Bourassa has been Immanuel’s Parish Assistant in Christian Education and Youth Ministries since 1998. She grew up in Sebewaing and graduated from Saginaw Valley State University in 1981, with a major in Social Work and a minor in Sociology with some advanced studies in Psychology. Betsy is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors and has interned at Bay Arenac Mental Health and at The Lutheran Home in Bay City. She is active in community service, has a passion for outreach, feels blessed to work with children and youth, and truly loves meeting and getting to know people. She enjoys dancing and walking workouts. Betsy and her husband Ron Bourassa have one grown daughter, Tiffany (an Immanuel graduate).

Mrs. Jennifer Wilkinson – Church Secretary

Email: jenniw@immanuelbaycity.com
Mrs. Jennifer Wilkinson has been Immanuel’s church office secretary since 2008. She is a native of Essexville and has spent 26 years working in the title insurance industry as Escrow Officer, doing corporate accounting and overseeing five branch offices as Manager. In her spare time, she enjoys playing her flute, singing, and working on counted cross stitch projects. Jennifer and her husband Don Wilkinson are the parents of one son, Matthew.