Rev. Annette (Andi) Wolf has been Pastor of Emmanuel United Church of Christ in Oshkosh since February 2010. Prior to coming to Emmanuel, she served a lengthy pastorate in Louisville, KY. Originally from Pittsville, Wisconsin, Andi holds a Bachelor Degree from Lakeland College in Sheboygan and a Master of Divinity Degree from Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis, MO.
Andi is passionate about preaching and teaching the Good News of Jesus Christ. She strives to show how both the church and scripture continue to be relevant for today’s world. Her sermons mix scripture with everyday life, personal stories and (hopefully) a bit of humor.
Andi has three children; Zach, Becca and Hannah. In her limited free time, Andi enjoys reading, sports and traveling.
Mary Bruce-Dinkins has been the organist at Emmanuel UCC since April of 1975. More recently, she became the Music Director in 1992, when she began directing the vocal choirs in addition to her organist duties. Prior to Emmanuel, she was the organist at First Presbyterian Church (Oshkosh) for 5 years. She started taking piano lessons at age 7 and culminated her studies by attaining a B.S. Degree in Music (with organ emphasis) at UW-Oshkosh.
Mary is absolutely passionate about her music and her work with the church. She has done arranging and composing (mostly songs for the Children's Choir) and has written numerous hymn lyrics. In choosing music for any given Sunday or service, she spends a great amount of time studying the Lectionary as she believes that the music is a integral part of the worship experience and must relate the to rest of the service. She also strives to provide a solid balance between traditional and more contemporary hymns and anthems. In addition to her music interests, Mary enjoys golfing, gardening, fishing, and nature in general.
Lori has been the Administrative Assistant at Emmanuel since November, 1993. Lori is in the church office weekday mornings from 8:00am until Noon. While it is important to maintain a professional atmosphere in the office, she also feels that it is important to create a friendly, caring and “open door” feeling when people come into the church office. Emmanuel is a small office atmosphere and while she feels we need to be serious when necessary, she also feels it’s important to have some fun and find humor in our days. Finding light in an otherwise difficult day is important for our mental well being. She looks forward to being here to share her love for this congregation in any way that she is able to do so.
Lori shares her life with her husband, Mark, three children Greg, Amy and Jenni, and her two precious grandsons, Hayden and Gavin. When she isn’t busy with work and family, she enjoys reading, going to sporting events, decorating her home and traveling.