Father Aaron Damiani
Rector (Head Pastor)
Father Aaron is Immanuel Anglican’s Rector and author of the book The Good of Giving Up: Discovering the Freedom of Lent. Originally from Ohio, Fr. Aaron moved to Chicago in 1997 and spent the following years living and working on the North Side of the city. Aaron holds a Bachelors degree in Pastoral Theology from Moody Bible Institute and a Masters in Biblical Exegesis from Wheaton College. After moving to Washington DC in 2008, Aaron discerned a call to ministry while researching public policy at the Potomac Institute. He was ordained as an Anglican priest and trained in urban church planting while an assistant pastor at Church of the Resurrection on Capitol Hill. In 2012, he and his wife Laura moved back to Chicago with a vision to raise up a vibrant Anglican church that would seek the good of the city. Fr. Aaron and his wife Laura were married in 2003, and live in the Irving Park neighborhood with their 4 kids: August, Samuel, Olivia, and Mona. Fr. Aaron enjoys cycling, audiobooks and the occasional CrossFit workout.
Deacon Susan Raedeke
As Equipping Pastor, Susan identifies and facilitates opportunities for Immanuel leaders to teach, train, and disciple the congregation in the teachings of Jesus. She also oversees the liturgical architecture of the church’s worship services and helps to provide pastoral care. The Uptown neighborhood of Chicago has been her home since 1992, and the people of Uptown have had a firm grip on her heart ever since. Susan married Chicago native Joel Raedeke in 1998, and in addition to homeschooling their three children—Ellen (‘01), Sam (‘04), and Lorelai (‘06)—she enjoys eating at Siam Noodle and Rice, amicable verbal sparring by means of intense topical conversations, and seeing how long she can keep her ryukin goldfish alive.
Director of Family Ministries & Communications
Jennifer directs Immanuel’s ministries for children, youth and parents. Originally from rural Illinois, Jennifer moved to downtown Chicago in 2012 to pursue a linguistics degree at Moody Bible Institute. While a student, she began attending services at Immanuel and was deeply drawn to Immanuel’s liturgical worship, community life and fellowship with the global church. She joined Immanuel’s staff as Parish Administrator in 2016 and transitioned into leadership of family ministries in fall of 2018. In her free time, she loves reading novels, biking along Lake Michigan, tending too many houseplants, exploring the city and hosting parties. Her favorite part of working at Immanuel is seeing how Jesus Christ transforms ordinary men, women and children and uses them to bring His healing and hope to the world.
In fall 2019, Rachel Maudru joined Immanuel’s staff team as our parish administrator! Originally from Texas, Rachel moved to Chicago to attend Moody Bible Institute in 2016. Rachel began attending services at Immanuel early in 2018, and was refreshed by the Sunday morning worship and community life. Rachel is particularly passionate about welcoming strangers and helping visitors feel at home on a Sunday morning. Her staff role at Immanuel includes administrative support for Immanuel’s weekly operations, as well as collaboration with other church leaders to bring fresh vision and leadership to Immanuel’s newcomer experience. In her free time, Rachel loves reading, working out, and exploring new places with friends.
Interim Worship Leader
Ryan joined Immanuel’s staff in January 2020 as interim worship leader during the ongoing search for a permanent worship director. He has been a staff worship leader for more than 10 years at churches in North Texas, Minneapolis, and Chicago’s North Shore, where he has developed a commitment to fostering corporate worship that emphasizes congregational participation and a robust theological vision. Ryan has a bachelors degree in music education from Texas A&M Commerce and a master of divinity from Bethlehem College & Seminary. He is currently completing research for a master of theology in worship at Calvin Theological Seminary and will be moving to Northern Ireland in September 2020 with his wife Charissa for doctoral studies at Queen’s University Belfast. Ryan and Charissa live in the Edgewater neighborhood where they are often trying to achieve great culinary heights in their comically small kitchen.
Coordinator of Media Technology
Drew Smith joined Immanuel’s staff team in May 2020 as coordinator of media technology, to grow and steward Immanuel’s use of technology in service of its vision to be a spiritual beacon church in Chicago. Originally from central Illinois, Drew has lived in Chicago since 2012. He studied Communications and Media Theory at Moody Bible Institute and began attending Immanuel the day after graduation. He has worked in live event production and consumer technology roles in churches and organizations around Chicago for 8 years, and has been Immanuel’s tech lead since May 2017. Drew’s focus is communicating the rich orality of the Word of God to a mediated world. Drew lives in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago and can often be found consuming too much Sci-fi, making too much coffee, and outsourcing his meal plans to the incredible restaurants of Chicago.
Director of Finance
Nichole Sangha is Immanuel’s Director of Finance, which means you will find her happily neck-deep in numbers, spreadsheets and transactions on our church’s behalf. Nichole originally hails from Memphis, Tennessee. Though you can still catch that Tennessee twang, her heart has found its home in Uptown where she lives with her husband, Chicago-native Aaron Sangha, and their beautiful daughters, Ananda and Vivienne. Her passion is to see hearts, relationships, systems and neighborhoods transformed by the presence of the living Christ. She is delighted by anything that involves the outdoors, possibly having more picnics in a year than anyone else you know.
Will Eastham joined Immanuel’s staff in May 2020 as their first Pastoral Intern. Originally from the D.C. area, he moved to Chicago in 2013 and got connected to Immanuel on her second Sunday as a new church plant. He has loved being a part of the Immanuel family for the past 7 years, growing personally and vocationally in his call as a pastor and as the Beloved of Christ. Will married his middle school crush, Kathryn, in 2016 and they are expecting their first child in July 2020! He holds a Bachelors degree in Theological Studies from Moody Bible Institute and is currently completing his Masters of Divinity at North Park Theological Seminary. In his free time he enjoys reading, writing, taking walks with his wife, listening to music and discovering new podcasts.