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 excited about making connections and sharing Jesus with people. In his recreation time, Pastor enjoys spending time outdoors hiking, camping, kayaking and enjoying God’s beautiful creation.  

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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 Christopher M. Pflughoeft
"I would like to emblemize my name 'Christopher,' which means 'Christ-bearer,' as I carry the name of Christ to the people in my preaching, teaching and serving."

Pastor Christopher Pflughoeft was ordained and installed as an associate pastor at Emmanuel in June of 2021. He grew up in a suburb of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He graduated from Martin Luther College in 2017 and from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in 2021. Pastor Pflughoeft and his wife, Michaela, have three daughters. They are happy to be a part of the Emmanuel family. His personal interests include reading, listening to podcasts, and watching sports. Pastor Pflughoeft looks forward to serving his Lord and congregation. 

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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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