(209) 334-2130 office@emanuellodi.com


Pastor Jim Russow

Bridge Pastor


I was born in Mobridge, South Dakota (which would qualify me to live in Lodi), while my father was a Pastor of three small churches. I am the third of seven boys and two girls. I spent my childhood in rural Wisconsin. In my teen years, our family moved to Woodland, California. My education was in Lutheran grade schools, High School, college, and Seminary.

I was ordained in 1973 and have served churches in Red Bluff, Corning, Paso Robles, Aiea, Hawaii, and Stockton. A career change took place in 2003, at which time I served as a chaplain for Hospice of San Joaquin, retiring in December 2020.

Betty and I have been married for 54 years. Together, we have three children, eight grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. We have lived in Stockton since 1987.

The Staff

The staff at Emanuel Lutheran Church is committed to assisting you with your worship and spiritual needs while also supporting the day-to-day operations. We are here to provide the necessary guidance and support to ensure a meaningful and fulfilling experience for everyone who walks through our doors.

Tipring Henderson
Tipring Henderson



Amy Agno
Amy Agno

Executive Administrator


Cara Bender
Cara Bender

Financial Secretary


Vicki Taylor
Vicki Taylor

Head of Music


Ron Boehler
Ron Boehler

Audio Visual Specialist/Janitorial



Emanuel’s Church Council, comprised of passionate volunteers, diligently oversees the direction and diverse functions of the Emanuel Congregation. Together, they ensure the smooth operation and meaningful impact of Emanuel Lutheran Church.

Steve Mayo


Vern Boyett


Tami Herendeen


Suzanne Seiler


Kim Lawce


Denise Nieves

Chris Taylor


Cara Bender