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 and is available in-person at 209 Eastern Avenue (Rt. 17), Augusta, Maine 04330.  Online options include FaceBook Live on Emmanuel's FB page  or Livestream or recorded on Youtube.  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:

The Reverend Suzanne Colburn

The Rev. Suzanne Colburn, Priest in Charge

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.

Patti Gardiner, Emmanuel Church Office Administrator

Patti has been our Parish Secretary/Administrator since 2009.  She loves greeting people, lending a helping hand, and performing various office duties on a daily basis.  

One on her weekly task is publishing Emmanuel's Sunday Church bulletin. The people at Emmanuel are amazing and I have grown to love them as family and as friends.  I count it a great blessing to work alongside of them in serving the Lord.

Patti lives in Readfield with her husband Jim, who is deaf, and their very energetic dog, Keeco. They enjoy camping and kayaking and working in their vegetable garden and around their yard.  Also, spending time with their grown children and grandchildren is always at the top of their pleasures. Patti and her husband are very connected to the Pignon Christian Center for the Deaf in Haiti where they have traveled to many times. They sponsor deaf children financially and raise funds to improve their quality of life.

Patti Gardiner
Al Cook

Al Cook, Sexton

Al Cook has been the custodian at Emmanuel since 2018 and is most grateful for the job and the incredible kindness of everyone at Emmanuel and its Bridging the Gap outreach ministries.  He and his wife Donna are also parishioners at Emmanuel. 

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.

Edie Emerson
Melinda Kimball

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.

Betty Balderston, President

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.

Betty Balderston
Liz Burgess

Liz Burgess, Vice President

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. )

Darryl Praul, Treasurer

Darryl has been a member of Prince of Peace, now Emmanuel, for a bit over twenty years with his wife and three children, now all in college. He has served in various leadership roles over the years, from Social Awareness Chairperson to Congregation Council President, and has been the treasurer for the past several years. Darryl can be best reached either in person on Sunday mornings, or by email anytime.

Linda Lowell

Linda Lowell, Secretary

Linda has been active at Emmanuel as a Leadership Team Secretary for the past three years.  In the past, she has served as Chair of the Fellowship Committee, usher, coffee hour volunteer, member of Notty Notters (Quilting) and Altar Care. She has also participated in Bible Study. Her interests include reading, hiking, cycling, swimming, snow shoeing, gardening and enjoying the ocean.  She has been a member of Prince of Peace/Emmanuel for almost 35 years.

Bobbi-Jo Burdin, Outreach

She is serving as the 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.

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.

Robert Wing