meet our team

Our dedicated team is here to openly welcome you exactly the way you are. We want to challenge you through readings, prayers and sermons that live into the teachings of Jesus and act on them here and now. If you have any questions for our staff members, please contact us at 757-340-3866.

Pastor Anders Nilsen

Pastor Anders has been the pastor at Emmanuel since June 2020. Anders and his wife Nichole moved to Virginia from Minnesota where he was serving a congregation, and she was finishing up her medical school rotations. When he is not in the office or meeting with congregation members, you can find him at the gym, on the golf course, walking his two Bernese Mountain Dogs, or checking out a new brewery. Please contact the church office if you are in need of any pastoral care.

Learn more about Pastor Anders here.

Robyn Reitzel, Administrative Assistant

Robyn has been a member of Emmanuel since 2011. She loves the congregation, tries to care for them, and loves that our members come to church when they are in need of companionship. She enjoys cooking and getting her family together. She has been married since 1985 and has four sons and ten grandchildren.

Ed Thomas, Sexton

Ed is not only our sexton, he is a faithful Brother in Christ. Ed loves Jesus and serving in any way that’s needed. With a smile and a chuckle always at the ready. Ed is a Giants fan and enjoys the rewarding nature of his job.

William Neill III, Director of Music

William is an incredibly talented pianist, vocalist, dancer, and worship leader. We are grateful for the gifts and spirit that he brings to each service and the choir at Emmanuel.