Meet the Pastors
The pastors work hard to serve the Lord Jesus faithfully with the abilities the Lord gives us. Please contact us with questions, comments and concerns. We're here to serve you in Jesus' name!

Pastor Gary A. Pufahl

Pastor Gary Pufahl was installed as Emmanuel's lead pastor in February of 2021. He was born in Norfolk, Nebraska, but he grew up in Lake Mills, Wisconsin, since he was two years old. He graduated from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in 2003. He previously served congregations in California and Wisconsin. Pastor Pufahl and his wife, Kris, have four children. They are looking forward to getting to know the Emmanuel family and to serving Jesus together. Pastor Pufahl remarks, “I can already tell that Emmanuel Lutheran Church is my home and my Christian family as so many people have welcomed us with open arms. Thank you!”

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Pastor Jon D. Buchholz
"Christ's amazing love to us compels us to share his love with others."

Pastor Jon Buchholz has served Emmanuel since 2005. Pastor Buchholz has served congregations in Wisconsin and Washington, but Arizona has always been his home state. He graduated from Arizona Lutheran Academy in 1982, Northwestern College in 1986, and he earned a Master of Divinity from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in 1990. Pastor Buchholz serves as President of the Arizona-California District. He enjoys spending time with his family, hiking and camping, woodworking, and applying technology to ministry. He and his wife, Sandy, have four children.

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Pastor Daniel D. Pautz
"One of the things I like best is being with Christian people and serving them."

Pastor Daniel Pautz has shepherded Emmanuel since 1968. He has watched as God's mighty hand of grace has brought Emmanuel from a small, start-up church to the congregation of nearly 1,000 members it is today. He presently serves half-time as visitation pastor. Pastor Pautz graduated from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in 1967 with a Master of Divinity degree. He enjoys gardening, hiking and sports of all kinds, and also loves to travel with his wife, Ingrid.

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