Deacons

Jon Meacham

Jon and his wife Bethany have five kids: Jonah, Malachi, Isaac, Eliza, and Titus. Jon is a graduate of the University of Kentucky, which means Jonah learned the UK fight song right after the Gospel Song. Jonah sings the UK fight song during basketball games, and the Gospel Song during football games. Jon and Bethany are adoption champions at Immanuel and Jon works as an engineer for one of Louisville’s utility companies.

Kris Burns

Kris Burns came to Immanuel via his home state of Arkansas. An indefatigable Razorbacks fan, Kris can sometimes be heard uttering a distinctive ‘woooo pig soooie’ while excitedly talking about the upcoming football season. Kris regularly serves in Immanuel’s worship bands as a bassist and an audio tech. Kris is married to his kind and joyful wife Emily. Kris is a faithful and diligent follower of Christ who loves people and enjoys serving the church in any way possible.

Ben Fennell

Ben comes to us from Lebanon, Tennessee, and works as a civil engineer for Strand Associates here in town. He and his wife, Naomi, have a son, Daniel, and a daughter, Havilah. They’re thrilled to call both Louisville and Immanuel their homes. When he’s not outside on adventures, you can find Ben enjoying his wife’s cooking and reading books like Piper’s Think and Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress. Ben is excited to serve Immanuel in any area that the saints are in need.

Rob Lauter

Rob grew up in Indiana, where he spent most of his life on a soccer field or a basketball court. After coming to faith in Christ, meeting his wife Sarah (the love of his life) and graduating college, he and Sarah moved to Louisville. His greatest joys include spending time with Sarah, serving at Immanuel and Louisville Rescue Mission, playing basketball with friends, reading good poetry (as all real men do), and hanging out with loved ones.

Andrew Perkins

Andrew comes to us from just up the road—Lexington, Ky. Andrew’s love for the Kentucky Wildcats is only outpaced by his love for his wife, Rachel, and for the saints at Immanuel. Andrew enjoys playing trombone in the worship band and welcoming image bearers on Sunday mornings with the Welcome Team. He also serves as a deacon, helping to care for the physical needs of God’s people at Immanuel.

Deeds Burlager

Deeds Burlager came to Louisville to attend Seminary, where he met his wife Spenser. Together they have two children, Quill and Story. He can be found enjoying all aspects of coffee, spending time with his wife and children, and polishing up his dance moves. Deeds is a family man and aspiring church planter. He co-leads a Gospel Community Group and has giftings in evangelism, discernment, and discipleship.

Josh Ramirez

Josh grew up in Tracy, CA and in God’s providence moved to Garden Valley, TX in 2008 to work for Teen Mania Ministries. There I met a girl named Abbey Bennett, and we began a friendship that turned into marriage in 2012. When I’m not working or reading for school, I enjoy hanging out with Abbey, going to the creek with my dog Watson, running, and being in the great outdoors.

Josh Ruud

Josh and his wife, Kelly, come from the lake towns of big & beautiful Wisconsin. Together they have two daughters, Cadence and Leah. In his free time, Josh loves being with his family and usually has photography, coffee, or chess on the brain. He oversees all aspects of Immanuel’s communication, including the website, printed materials, signs, and app content. Josh also gratefully serves alongside Immanuel’s deacons to extend mercy and help to those in need.

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