Rev. Dr. Mark Bangert
I began my service to the church as a second grade teacher at Immanuel Lutheran School in Memphis, Tennessee in the fall of 1979. After two years of teaching I enrolled at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis. Upon graduation my degree was awarded in 1985 and my first Call into the pastoral ministry was to Faith Lutheran Church and School in Ft. Lauderdale. I served there for seven years before accepting the Call to Immanuel in Washington in 1992.
Immanuel has enjoyed steady growth through the years at both the church and the school. The church has grown from about 300 in worship to now approaching 600 each weekend. The school has grown from 150 students with double grades in one classroom to a peak of 250 students with single grades in all classrooms. In 1997 Immanuel accomplished a building program that doubled the number of school classrooms, added office space and a spacious narthex; as well as making Immanuel’s entire property handicap accessible. In 2012 we dedicated our brand new sanctuary that has been a continual blessing to God's people at Immanuel.
While actively serving at Immanuel, I continued my graduate studies and in 1999 received the Doctor of Ministry Degree from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. My wife, Lisa, and I have three grown children, all of whom are active in their local churches.