Immanuel Lutheran Church

vibrant traditional worship, hands-on social ministry Evanston, IL
Immanuel Lutheran Church

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616 Lake St
Evanston, IL 60201

(847) 864-4464


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Who We Are

Immanuel is located in downtown Evanston, a small city/suburb just north of Chicago, six blocks south of the Northwestern University campus, and adjacent to commuter trains and across the street from a Best Western Hotel. The congregation was founded by Swedish immigrants but is now a broader reflection of American society. The congregation is known for its robust singing, supported by an amazing music program for a small church. A high percentage of members are involved in hands-on social ministry projects that address global and local needs.

About Us

Casual, Traditional Liturgy, Creative, Downtown, Friendly, Historic, Multigenerational, Inclusive

Community Service, Youth Group, Choir, Missions, Adult Education

Traditional Hymns, Organ

Lutheran (ELCA)





Our Services

What are services like?
Immanuel uses and follows a traditional Lutheran liturgy. The organ is used, the pastor is a well-known worship leader, people open the hymnal and sing out, aided by splendid acoustics and the tracker organ in the rear balcony. The choir sings a variety of musical styles within a classical church music The sermons will be based on the readings in the lectionary and will grapple with the contexts of both the texts and the contemporary situation of the people. Holy Communion is celebrated every Sunday. It is open to all baptized Christians, including young children. Children are welcome in worship, and the pastor usually addresses them specifically.

What is the community like?
Visitors will be greeted by many people, not just designated greeters. Our members will be interested to know more about you and invite you to the coffee hour after the Service. In the Swedish tradition this is a sit-down event with sweet refreshments, not eat and run. It functions as community time in which birthdays and anniversaries are recognized, announcements are made, and people share information about themselves and community events. Our people enjoy being together at church and will often linger for conversation. They also have a reputation for looking after one another in sickness and trauma. It is, by all accounts, a caring Christian community.

What if I'm not a Christian?
Non-Christians are welcome in Immanuel's worship and fellowship. We have a handful of people from Jewish and non-religious backgrounds who regularly attend worship and participate in learning opportunities. Non-Christians will not be badgered into being baptized. But should such a person express interest, solid instruction will be provided by the pastor and adults baptisms are greeted with great joy.

Leadership View all

Frank Senn

Frank Senn

Pastor Senn has served Immanuel since 1990. He is a graduate of Hartwick College, the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, and has a Ph.D. in liturgical studies from the University of Notre Dame. He is a published author of a dozen books and hundreds of reviews and articles, has taught courses in seminaries and universities, and is sought after as a speaker both in the US and abroad. But he is grounded in parish ministry and is well practiced in preaching, teaching, and the care of souls.

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