pastors and staff

  • Chris Frith

    Lead pastor

    Chris and Lisa Frith have been married for 20 years and have 3 beautiful children:  Allison, Nicholas, and Grant.  As graduates of Christ for the Nations Institute in Dallas, Texas, the Frith's had the privilege of devoting two decades of full time ministry to raising up the Next Generation.  Chris and Lisa have always carried a God-given dream to someday lead a Church.  In the summer of 2015 it became obvious this transition was on the horizon.  In the spring of 2016, the Frith's accepted the invitation to lead Emmanuel Fellowship.  Their passion is to build people and bridge the generations while strengthening the local church.

    "God's heart for Emmanuel Fellowship is that we continue to deepen as a House of prayer and worship, nurturing an atmosphere where people can flourish in their God-given gifting's, while constantly expanding our reach into the community and around the world."

    You can contact Pastor Chris by phone at (402) 572-6763, extension 2012 (office) 

  • andrew steinbach

    associate pastor, worship arts and administration

    Andrew and his wife, Amy, have been married since January of 2010. They have 3 children: Josiah, Benjamin, and Collette. Andrew grew up in Knoxville, TN. and made a commitment to serve the Lord at a young age. He felt the call of God on his life to minister through music and pursued his degree in Church Music at the University of Valley Forge in Pennsylvania. Andrew and Amy's heart is to see people grow in intimacy with the Lord through worship, and to help people learn what it is to live a lifestyle of worship. They have been at Emmanuel Fellowship since 2012.

    You can contact Pastor Andrew by phone at (402) 572-6763, extension 2015 (office).

  • Hannah Reynolds

    children's ministry Coordinator

    Hannah was born and raised in Omaha, and despite some out-of-state "adventures" she has always had a deep love for Omaha and calls it home. The other deep love in her heart is working with children. It was in her own church nursery as a little girl where God began planting seeds in her heart for children, and He has continued to cultivate that seed and grow it into something she never thought possible. She has a passion to see children raised in the knowledge of the truth of God and His Word so that they can have a solid foundation of faith starting from an early age.

    Favorite verse: "And you will know the truth and the truth will make you free." John 8:32

  • patty jacobs

    administrative assistant

    Favorite Verse: I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. Ephesians 3:16-21

  • judy bardon


    Favorite Verse: Now this I know: The LORD gives victory to his anointed. He answers him from his heavenly sanctuary with the victorious power of his right hand. Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God. They are brought to their knees and fall, but we rise up and stand firm. - Psalm 20:6-8

  • John Penry

    Facilities manager

    John was born and raised in Arlington, TX. At the age of 5, he felt called into ministry and has been serving in many different capacities of ministry since the age of 14. He is a graduate of Christ for the Nations and has a deep desire to serve the church in any capacity, demonstrating excellence through it all. John and his wife, Destiny, have been married since June of 2012 and have 3 children: Grayson, Landyn and Lily. After faithfully serving their home church in Texas for 2 years, they felt God calling them to relocate to Nebraska; they moved to Omaha in August of 2016.

    Favorite Verse: You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. - Jeremiah 29:13

  • dean tonack

    audio visual coordinator and website editor

    Favorite Verse: But you, Israel, my servant, Jacob, whom I have chosen, you descendants of Abraham my friend, I took you from the ends of the earth, from its farthest corners I called you. I said, ‘You are my servant’; I have chosen you and have not rejected you. So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. - Isaiah 41:8-10