Church Leadership

Pastor Paula Lawhead : Pastor

Pastor Paula Lawhead


Pastor Paula Lawhead has served with the people of Immanuel since October 2020.  A graduate of Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN, Pr. Paula has previously served as Pastor at St. Peter’s in Pilger and St. Luke’s in Stanton, NE; and as Pastor for Nebraska Lutheran Outdoor Ministries.  She is a native of Nebraska, growing up in Omaha, and lives in Bellevue, with her husband, David, their eighteen-year-old daughter, Katy, and their seven-year-old son, Elijah.

In ministry, Pastor Paula is passionate about equipping others in putting words to their own faith.  She loves to teach and preach and talk theology.  One of Pr. Paula’s great joys is sharing the stories of her own life of faith and even more hearing from others how God has been working in their lives.  She is passionate about pulling truth out of messiness and her mission is to identify, illuminate and affirm truth; in who people are and in God’s work in this world.  If this can be accomplished with humor and joy, even better.

Amy Woods : Director of Faith Formation

Amy Woods

Director of Faith Formation

Amy Woods began as our part-time Youth Director in February of 2009. She is a native of Vermillion, South Dakota, and attended Iowa State University. She moved to Omaha from Sioux Falls in 2000 and assumed the position of store manager at New York and Company. Following her marriage to Joel Woods in 2002, she became a member of Immanuel where she has been actively involved in Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, Adult Choir, the 20’s and 30’s Group, and the Fellowship Board. Amy and Joel are the parents of Colin, Anna, and Madeline. In July 2012, Amy became a member of our full-time staff as Director of Faith Formation.

Bridget Brevik : Parish Administrator

Bridget Brevik

Parish Administrator

Immanuel Lutheran Church Council


Andy Gregory- President

Rebecca Manahan – Vice President

Dereck Tveitbakk-Secretary

Carrie Buresh

Mike Fossom

Wilma Kuhlman