Our Pastor

Pastor Harry Therwanger, most commonly called Pastor T. has served First Immanuel since 2008. He came to us with a wide variety of experiences. He has taught school, been a youth leader and parochial school chaplain, mentored pre-seminary students at the college level, worked in the development office and church relations for a church related university.

He is a native Chicagoan, having grown up on the south side. He graduated from Luther High School South, Concordia University Chicago and Concordia Seminary. He loves to give impromptu tours of Chicago neighborhoods and share stories of local color, like his working a summer at construction of the Sears (Willis) Tower and remembering the “aroma” of the Stock Yards.

He is a lover of history podcasts and avid reader, especially of current events.

Pastor married Ebon Craig (Williams) Therwanger in 2016 and they reside in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood. They enjoy cooking and dining out, traveling and Open Mic at the Green Mill among many other things.