Our Leadership Team

Our Leadership Team

Jim Herbert (Lead Pastor)

I’ve had the privilege of pastoring Emmanuel Church since 2003. I grew up just outside of JimCleveland, Ohio. In 1993, I married Jill, my college sweetheart.  Over the years, our love has grown to where I can honestly say she is my lover and soul mate. Our two kids were born in Omaha, NE where we pastored for five years. I’m excited about the direction Emmanuel is heading. We are working very hard to create an environment and culture where people can grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ.


Betsy Rubadue (Connections Pastor)

It has been an honor to serve as the administrator and now the connections pastor at Emmanuel for the past six years. God betsyhas given me a heart for worship, prayer, networking, and seeing people embrace their true identity and purpose in Christ. When I am not working, I enjoy getting together with family and friends, singing, playing guitar and piano, traveling, hiking, biking, and reading. I’m married to my best friend, Joe, and we have five children here on earth and one who has gone home to heaven ahead of us. As we move into a new role as grandparents, Joe and I are joyfully watching our family grow.


Lew Halstead (Children’s Director)

lew1Hi, I’m Lew Halstead; I grew up in Upstate NY, near the shore of Lake Ontario. I’ve been married to Angela since August of 1991 and we’ve added three great kids: Bennett came on the scene in 1998, Brighton joined us in 2001 and Belle graced us with her presence in 2008.  Angela and I have known Pastor Jim and the body known as Emmanuel for several years and I couldn’t be happier to join the team as the Children’s Director. The future is buzzing with vision and the excitement of what God can do through people that embrace the challenge of doing what seems impossible! 

Pastoral Support Team

The Pastoral Support Team is made up of dedicated men and women who are the primary leaders of their prospective areas along with the board of elders and staff.  This involves Outreach, Pastoral Care, Discipleship and Administrative Support.  Those who are serving on the 2016 Pastoral Support Team are below:

Bill & Lisa Fizer; Bill & Sue Goodberlet; Jill Herbert; John Lutz; Dave Allison; Joe Miller; Brad & Jen Nevil; Rick Robinson

Outside Advisory Resource

At Emmanuel, our Team of Overseers are licensed or ordained ministers who lead congregations (or have in the past) and serve as advising partners for Emmanuel. They help provide protection, accountability, wisdom, and prayer.

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Paul Laursen

Paul Laursen, a member of our Team of Overseers, married his wife Tami in their church youth group. They were married in 1967 and have three children, Rachel, Christopher and Rebecca and twelve grandchildren. Tami passed away in early 2016 after a long battle with cancer. 

Paul has three college degrees: a BA in Political Science, a Master of Divinity with a concentration in counseling, and a PhD in Theology. He has served churches in Iowa, New York, and Ohio. Paul is currently working with AIMS, a missions organization focused on reaching the unreached around the world. He also acts as a consultant for churches in the US and serves as Registrar for CEAI’s (Christian Educators) “Daniel Weekends”. Paul is a member of Bethel Cleveland, a multi-campus church where he serves on staff part-time.



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Barry Wissler

Barry Wissler is the president and senior apostolic leader of HarvestNET International, a network of churches and ministries spanning several nations. Under his leadership, HarvestNET established Gateway House of Prayer, a 24/7 regional prayer center, and the Kingdom Ministry School, which equips the saints to fulfill their calling. He also leads the apostolic council of Outpouring Family International, which is a family of churches founded by Alan Vincent. Holding theological degrees from Geneva College and Westminster Theological Seminary, Barry’s passion is to produce churches that are faithful to sound doctrine while also being receptive to the work of the Holy Spirit. Barry and his wife, Cheryl, regularly minister at pastors’ and leaders’ conferences in India, Europe, Africa, and the Caribbean. Cheryl founded The Gift International, which serves the poor of India and Africa. They have two grown children: David and Jessica.