East Ida Immanuel Lutheran Church
Monroe, MI

Church Staff


Reverend Curtis Garland

Pastor Garland attended Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri, receiving his Master of Divinity in 2009. His vicarage was at Trinity Lutheran in Troy, Missouri, with his ordination on July 5, 2009. He served as Pastor of First Lutheran Church in Wall, South Dakota and also Emmanuel in Creighton, South Dakota until July 3, 2016. Pastor Garland was then called to serve the people of East Ida Immanuel Lutheran Church, with installation on July 10, 2016.

During his pre-seminary years, Pastor Garland received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1982 from the United States Naval Academy and his Aviation Safety Degree in 1995 from Naval Postgraduate School. He retired from the Navy after 24 years as a U.S. Naval Officer.

Pastor Garland was born on February 17, 1960 in Great Lakes, Illinois. He enjoys the outdoors, sports, hunting, fishing, woodworking, motorcycle riding, and auto restoration. On April 16, 1983, he married Lu Ann (Wickboldt) Garland. The Lord has blessed their life together with three children: their sons, Royce and Kevin, live and work in the St. Louis area; daughter, Analise, attends college in Nebraska. Pastor and Lu Ann have two grandchildren.

Board of Elders

In case of emergency, please contact your elder. Each elder serves a different group of congregants, determined by the first letter of your last name.

Alan Matthes
(734) 777-4479

Roger Morris
(734) 497-2478

Richard Dougherty
(734) 735-6500

Gary Connelly
(734) 497-9695

Tom Woelmer
(734) 755-0359

Dan Secord
(734) 242-1306

Jerry Heck, President of the Congregation
Tom Woelmer, Vice President 


Church Secretary


Laurel Seegert serves as secretary and plays piano for our Saturday services. She also fills in as organist at Immanuel and other congregations. Laurel is married to Andy Seegert and they have been blessed with four sons. You can contact Laurel on her cell phone (734)915-6175 or at the church office on Tuesday and Saturday mornings from 9am - noon.

Please contact Laurel for Hall Rental reservations.

Church office phone number: (734)269-2961
Email address: eastidaimmanuellutheran@gmail.com


Brandy Gerber has been serving our congregation as organist since 1986. She has filled the role of either substitute or main organist since then, with the exception of a 2 year break while attending graduate school.

She has a Bachelor of Science degree in piano and harpsichord performance from Northern Michigan University, as well as a Master of Arts degree from Eastern Michigan University in music theory and literature.

Along with performing, Brandy enjoys composing music, making art, and spending time with her husband Craig and her dog Porter.

Choir Director

Brenda Palmiter has directed Immanuel's church choir with energy and devotion for over 30 years. She participates in Ladies Aid activities, and recently has taken on the responsibility of leading the Handbell choir as well.

She enjoys camping with her husband, John, and spending time with her children and grandchildren. Brenda, a talented quilter, has recently opened her own business: Busy B's Creations.

"But I have trusted in Your mercy; my heart shall rejoice in Your salvation. I will sing to the Lord, because He has dealt bountifully with me." Psalm 13:5-6