About Our Staff - Pastor Kapanka

Rev. Dr. Gerald Kapanka

Pastor Kapanka was born and raised in Michigan.  He graduated from Concordia College Ann Arbor, attended Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft. Wayne, IN, and received his doctoral degree from Bethel Seminary in St. Paul MN. 

While serving at his first congregation at Calvary Lutheran in Sioux City, Iowa, he met his wife Amy and were blessed with four children – James, Niki, Jaki and Lexi.  And if it is the Lord's will, he will become a grandfather one day. 

Pastor Kapanka has been the Senior Pastor at Immanuel Lutheran Church since 2000. When he's not doing the work of the church, Pastor and Amy like to travel.  They have been to Europe four times and Africa once. They are also on a quest to visit all the National Parks in the USA. In addition to his passion for traveling, Pastor enjoys photography and bike riding.