About Us

Our Mission 

By sharing God's love as revealed in Jesus Christ, we are freed to live faithfully, witness boldly and serve joyfully.

Emmanuel Lutheran Episcopal Church is a Federated - Interdenominational Church, fully Lutheran and fully Episcopal, as approved by the Episcopal Diocese of Maine in the Episcopal Church of the USA and the New England Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America in 2018.

Sunday Worship at Emmanuel begins at 9:00 am 

Our church is located at 209 Eastern Avenue (Rt. 17), Augusta, Maine 04330 or online options include FaceBook Live on Emmanuel's FB page or Livestream or recorded on Youtube

All are welcome at Emmanuel Lutheran Episcopal Church.  Come and see how God is working in us, around us and through us!

See our “Worship” tab for information about special services offered at Emmanuel throughout the church year.

Doing God's work outside the walls of the church to help those in need in the Greater Augusta community is important to Emmanuel.  A variety of opportunities to serve within the church are also available.  Check out our "Serve" tab for more information.

Meet Emmanuel’s staff and leaders:

A Journey of Two Churches

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church and St. Mark's Episcopal Church began worshiping together in 2015.

In 2016, both congregations voted to become one church, beginning the journey of establishing a Federated Interdenominational Congregation.  Working with the New England Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church and the Episcopal Diocese of Maine, the two churches evolved into Emmanuel Lutheran Episcopal Church.

The transition hasn't always been easy.  Members have been lost and the work has been challenging.  However, by continuing to follow the path that God has placed before us, we are now choosing to replace "scarcity" with "abundance".  Our Emmanuel Family is neither "Lutheran" or "Episcopalian".  We are now "One in Christ" as a new chuch with familiar traditions, stepping out in faith to answer God's call to help those in need.

 Bell Flowers

The bell from the St. Mark's Episcopal Church. 

The Reverend Suzanne Colburn

The Rev. Suzanne Colburn, Priest in Charge

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The Rev. Suzanne Colburn, an ordained Episcopal Priest since 1998, is the current part-time Priest-in-Charge at Emmanuel Lutheran Episcopal Church in the City of Augusta. Suzanne came to Emmanuel in 2017 after working in The Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts for most of her career. Suzanne continues to enjoy the creative and academic challenges of serving in a Federated Lutheran-Episcopal parish.  Suzanne began her combined call of street and parish ministry in Boston where her love of Bach Cantatas and liturgical music began. When not at Emmanuel, Suzanne can be found heading to the airport for an adventure with friends or family.

Sue Lasselle, Emmanuel Church Office Administrator

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Sue joined Emmanuel in July 2023 and has the pleasure of meeting and getting to know many of the parishioners.  Previous to working at Emmanuel she spent many years in various office settings and has extensive knowledge in office management and procedures. In her spare time she enjoys hanging out with her grandchildren, gardening, hiking, and spending time at the family camp.


Patti Gardiner
Edie Emerson

Edie Emerson, Pianist

Edie Emerson joined Emmanual as a regular pianist in 2015 and has enjoyed using her talents for service music, special music, accompanying instrumentalists and vocalists, and choral selections.  Although classically trained, she takes great pleasure in multiple genres of music, including, jazz, pop, and soul. Her practical experience in playing at church began at the age of twelve when she played hymns weekly for a local congregation in Connecticut.  Ultimately, her mission and calling at Emmanual has been to use music to connect us to God through the working of the Holy Spirit.

Melinda Kimball, Choir Director

Melinda Kimball graduated from the University of NH with a degree in music education and has worked for twenty-seven years as a music teacher in NH and ME. She has taught both instrumental and choral music to students of all ages and has been teaching 5th and 6th grade band in Augusta for the past eight years. She has been a choir director in Kittery and Hallowell, Me and is currently the choir director at Emmanuel Lutheran Episcopal Church. Melinda is extremely passionate about music and thoroughly enjoys working with the amazing choir members at Emmanuel. She welcomes anyone interested to come join and give it a try! When she’s not teaching or directing musical ensembles she enjoys spending time at home puttering on projects, out in nature, hanging out with her wife (or partner if you think that’s too bold) Lisa and their wonderful pets.

Melinda Kimball
Betty Balderston

Betty Balderston, President

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Betty Balderston currently serves as the President of Emmanuel’s Leadership Team.  In that role, she provides leadership and support for a variety of church administration issues.  Betty is a graduate of the Lutheran School of Lay Ministry and serves as a Worship Leader and is involved in many aspects of the life of the church.  In her personal time, Betty and her husband Lloyd enjoy camping, hiking and kayaking.

Liz Burgess, Vice President

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Liz Burgess, Emmanuel Lutheran Episcopal member since our federation.
She serves on the Leadership Team as Vice President and on Finance, Executive and Communication committee.  Liz serves on the Women of the ELCA Executive Board (2016 to present. )

Liz Burgess
Linda Lowell

Nancy Finnegan, Secretary

Nancy Finnegan serves as Secretary of the Leadership Team. She and her husband Jim Melcher have been members of our congregation, and our choir, since 1999. She has degrees from Boston University and the University of Minnesota. In her spare time, she enjoys knitting and gardening.  She and Jim live in Augusta's Westwood neighborhood. 

Bobbi-Jo Burdin, Treasurer and Outreach

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She is serving as the Treasurer and Outreach Committee chair on Emmanuel's Leadership Team. 

Bobbi-Jo Burdin
Heidi Chadbourne

Heidi Chadbourne, Property

Heidi Chadbourne has attended Emmanuel for seven years. She serves on the Property Committee, recycling and Farmington Elementary School outreach. Heidi works locally for the Maine Department of Agriculture.

Ave Chuprevich, Education and Formation

She is the chairperson for education and has enjoyed working with the committee on several Zoom bible study offerings over the past two years. She was also a volunteer at Bridging the Gap and feels passionate about the work being done there. Service to others  is at the core of our mission here at Emmanuel. On a personal note she enjoys walking, reading, kayaking and spending time with her grandchildren.

Ave Chuprevich
Connie McDonald

Connie McDonald, Finance

Connie was a life-long Episcopalian, but with the merging of  the two churches, she is so pleased to be fully Episocpal and fully Lutheran.  We, together with the Holy Spirit, have created a friendly, caring and vibrant new church. she serves on the leadership Team and is the Chair of the Finance Committee.

Jim Lavoie, At Large

Jim Lavoie’s church memberships include Leadership Team, Call Committee and Acolyte. He is a rather
recent member of Emmanuel having transferred from All Saints Episcopal Church in Fort Myers,
FL. Jim has noted that he was called to become a part of the Emmanuel family after
experiencing a very warm welcome and then observing the church members supporting each
other, as well as the various community outreach missions of the church. In addition to church
activities, Jim enjoys family outings, hiking and volunteering at local food banks.

Connie McDonald
Robert Wing

Robert Wing, Acolyte Director

Robert's current duties at Emmanuel are director of acolytes, on the worship committee, on the leadership committee, and recently filling in as a worship assistant. He is also a greeter of new people.