Greetings! Emmanuel Lutheran Church has been gathering around God’s Word and Sacraments in Las Cruces since the late 1970’s. We officially organized as a mission of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS) in 1987. For awhile we met together in homes, at bridge clubs and at the local VFW, but since 1992 we have been gathering at our present facility on Highway 70. We became an independent Lutheran congregation in 2012.
Rev. Paul A. Rydecki has been serving as our pastor since April, 2007. Pastor Rydecki graduated from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in 2000 after completing eight years of pastoral training. He served as a WELS missionary in Puerto Rico and in Mexico from 2000 – 2007. He is fluent in Spanish, and also has a love for German, Latin, Greek and Hebrew.
Pastor and his wife, Amy, have been married since 1998. They have four boys, two of whom were born in Puerto Rico, one in Mexico, and one right here in Las Cruces.