Our Staff


Rev. Ryan M. Henkel STS

Pastor Ryan joined Emmons in 2020. He was ordained in the North American Lutheran Church in 2020 after earning his Masters of Divinity degree at Trinity School for Ministry/North American Lutheran Seminary in Ambridge, PA in 2019. Pastor Ryan is married to Natalie and they have two children, Jonah and Hannah.

Administrative Assistant

Heidi Christenson

Heidi is the Church Administrative Assistant for Emmons Lutheran Church who joined us in April 2022. She is married to Dan and they have 3 adult children.


Mary Orban

Mary serves as custodian for the church, ensuring that the church is always in good shape. Mary became the custodian in 2020. She is married to Rick and they have 3 adult children.

Organist/Choir Director

Krista Reeder

Krista is one of Emmons’ Organists and Pianists as well as our Choir Director. She also teaches music at NRHEG (New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva). She is married to Deke and they have 2 children.

Pianist/Vocalist/Choir Accompanist

Mindy Sletten

Mindy is one of Emmons’ Organists and Pianists as well as the Choir Accompanist. She also teaches piano lessons. She is married to Nate and they have 3 children.


Nate Sletten

Nate is one of Emmons’ musicians. He and Mindy provide contemporary music once a month on the 4th Sunday worship services. Nate is the TLC Coordinator for Lake Mills Community Schools. He is married to Mindy and they have 3 children.