Our Pastor

Reverend Utke Emanuel UCCAt Emanuel we understand worship is the foundation of our life together in God’s Spirit.  Worship renews our spiritual resources to respond to the day to day issues we face, and the larger issues of justice and peace in our society. At Emanuel sacraments of communion and baptism are open to all and communion is shared monthly the first Sunday of the month.  A Children’s time during worship is offered and often interactive.  We sing a blend of traditional hymns, praise songs, multicultural spiritual music and we hear different instruments.

At Emanuel we celebrate God’s gift of diversity.  We are open to faithful dialogue within Christianity and with other religions.  We celebrate the different paths which lead people to faithfulness in God.  We welcome doubts and questions as part of our grace-filled journey.  Our facility is fully physically accessible and in 2012 we declared ourselves open and affirming of all God’s people. Emanuel Church, while honoring vibrant traditions, remains open to new and creative expressions of God.

We are grateful God has blessed us to be a blessing!  We serve each other, our community and world in many ways.  We work together to feed the hungry, clothe the needy, comfort the sick or hurting, care for the aged.  We work together to care for children and families through the Board of Christian Education and Park’s Edge Preschool, a health and human service ministry of Emanuel Church.

Ordained in 1993, I have served in a variety of church settings.  What a treasure I have found at Emanuel since 2007 when I was called!   Here I continue to meet Christians who love each other, grow in faith, welcome new people, and are dedicated to ministry in Christ’s name.

I am married to Rev. Ann Utke, and we have lived in the Bay View neighborhood of Milwaukee since 2002.  We enjoy traveling, attending concerts, dining out, and sharing time with friends and family.  I also have interests in sports, old homes, automobiles, and I love to read in genres of comedy, politics and faith.

I hope you will feel encouraged to visit us.  “Like” us on Facebook!   I am grateful to God to be in ministry with the people of Emanuel United Church of Christ in Hales Corners, Wisconsin.

Email – rev.bill@emanuel-ucc.org