Source: Bethany Lutheran Church Worship Bulletin July 10, 2022
Rev. Emmett A. Bartens was born in December 1995 and brought up in Newton, Illinois, a small town situated about 2 hours east of St. Louis. He was baptized on January 28, 1996 at St. John Lutheran Church in Dieterich, IL, where his family held membership until 2007.
In the fall of 2007, Emmett began playing piano for Sunday morning Divine Services at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Newton, leading the whole family to transfer their membership to Good Shepherd. A couple years later, he began to learn the organ when Good Shepherd was gifted a used instrument by another congregation. Emmett graduated high school in 2014, and with about three years of formal organ lessons under his belt, he enrolled at Concordia University Wisconsin with a major in parish music. While church music was his chief interest, the influence of his pastor and his father had also caused him to consider being a pastor, leading him to learn Greek and Hebrew in college, alongside his studies in church music.
While at CUW, Emmett met his future wife, Jaimie, also a music major who was studying K-12 music education, who grew up in Port Washington, Wisconsin. After graduating in the spring of 2018, they were married later that summer and moved to Fort Wayne two weeks before Emmett started classes at Concordia Theological Seminary.
One year and one week following their wedding, Emmett and Jaimie welcomed their first child into the world, a daughter. In the spring of 2020, Emmett received his vicarage placement to Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Cedar Falls, IA. While on vicarage, Emmett and Jaimie were blessed with their second child.
In the spring of 2022, Emmett received his call to be Associate Pastor to Bethany Lutheran Church and School in Naperville, Illinois. Later that spring, he finished his studies at the seminary and graduated with his Master of Divinity degree.
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