Emmanuel-St. Michael Lutheran School is an Interparish School cooperatively supported by and led by Emmanuel Lutheran Church and St. Michael Lutheran Church in Fort Wayne, Indiana. At ESM we boldly seek to provide education for life and faith for eternity. The ministries of Emmanuel Lutheran Church and St. Michael Lutheran Church are integral to our mission. Our strengths as a school exist because of the support of our churches. If you are interested in becoming a member at one of the associated churches, please check out their websites and come visit!
Get to know St. Michael Lutheran Church
Established in 1953, St. Michael Lutheran Church exists to connect people to Jesus. Their statement of faith professes “We believe that all people are, by nature, sinful and thus separated from God. We believe that God sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, to suffer and die in our place, and we believe that we are saved by grace through faith in Him alone. God creates and strengthens this faith in us through His means of grace, namely the Word, Holy Baptism, and Holy Communion.” St. Michael Lutheran Church is led by Pastor Reed Lessing and Pastor Shawn Davis. ‘Belong, Become and Bless’ at St. Michael Lutheran Church!
Pastor Reed Lessing
Pastor Lessing was ordained in 1986 and has served St. Michael since 2013. His academic degrees include a B.A, M.Div, S.T.M. and Ph.D. He served on the faculty of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, for fourteen years and is the author of six books related to the Old Testament. Reed is married to Lisa and their marriage has been blessed with three children—Abi, Jonathan and Lori.
Pastor Shawn Davis
Pastor Shawn Davis graduated from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO in May 2017. He joined the St. Michael team as the Missional Pastor in June 2017. Pastor Shawn and his wife Anna met at Camp Lutherhaven in 2005 and have been blessed to have three children who are enjoying their time as students at ESM.
Lutheran education is important because it connects children to Jesus, equips them with biblical truth and prepares them for lifelong service to their Savior.
Get to know Emmanuel Lutheran Church
Established in 1867, Emmanuel Lutheran Church is “a caring family sharing God’s love and forgiveness.” This family exists to announce this gift of forgiveness to individuals of all nations and cultures through the preaching of God's Word and the administration of the Sacraments. Emmanuel instructs young and old according to the confessional standard of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, and reaches out through forgiving relationships, working to connect all members of the family through caring friendships. Emmanuel Lutheran Church is led by Pastor Thomas Eggold and Pastor Dan Sheafer.
Pastor Thomas Eggold
After teaching English at Concordia Lutheran High School for four years, Thomas Eggold took a position at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in 1996 as Director of Youth and Family Ministry. In 2000, Eggold enrolled in Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne and was ordained into the Office of the Ministry in 2003. He currently serves as the tenth Senior Pastor in Emmanuel's 150 year history. Pastor Eggold and his wife Sonya have been married for 25 years and have been blessed with two daughters.
Pastor Daniel Schaefer
Pastor Sheafer was born and raised outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After 12 years in the Pittsburgh area, his family moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana. His parents, Mark and Jayne, still live here in Fort Wayne and work at Concordia Theological Seminary. His brother, Matt, and his wife, Lauren, live and work in Wisconsin. Pastor Sheafer attended Concordia Theological Seminary from 2012-2016. After graduating in May 2016, Pastor Sheafer was called to Emmanuel to serve as the associate pastor. He began his work at Emmanuel in July 2016.
Emmanuel-St. Michael Lutheran School provides our congregations with a unique and powerful opportunity to share God's love and forgiveness with children and their families on a daily basis.