On November 13, 1924, the work of canvassing Southwest Davenport was begun by Rev. Albert Bostelmann, who had been assigned to this area by the Mission Board of the Iowa District, Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. The first services of Immanuel were held on December 7, 1924, in a theater called "Praiser Gardens" on Rockingham Road and Rockingham Blvd. There were six Children present for Sunday School that first Suday and five for the German service. There were none present for the English service. The following Sunday, two were present for the English service and from then on both English and German services were conducted each Sunday.
July 8, 1925, the following people were confirmed by Rev. Bostelmann in the Parsonage: Julius H. Doering, John L. Smithiger, Clara J. Smithiger, Ethel K Smithiger, Mathilda M. Hoechst, Else E. Chase, Frank Roenfeldt, Ray Roenfeldt and Hilda M. Johannsen.
On Sunday, September 15, 1925, the first organizational meeting for the congregation was held. On October 25, 1925, the constitution was adopted and signed. Sunday, November 1, the services were moved from the theater to a house located at 226 Rockingham Blvd. which also served as the parsonage.
January 11, 1926, a school was opened with the Pastor serving as teacher until spring of 1928. On February 28, at a special meeting of the voting assembly, the decision was made to purchase two lots located at Elsie and Ada Avenue for $800.00 from the Bawden family.
On April 11, a building committee was elected. Work began on July 23, and on August 1, the cornerstone for a new church building was laid. The new church was dedicated on September 19, 1926. The chapel was a frame structure measuring 24' X 20' and served both as church and school. The pews, altar, baptismal font, communion ware and number boards were gifts from Trinity LCMS, Davenport.
Pastor Bostelmann served Immanuel until 1934 when he accepted a call Immanuel Lutheran Church at Williamsburg, Iowa. Rev. Obert Kruger was installed as Pastor on September 23, 1934 and served until March 1940 when he accepted a call to become a professor at Concordia College in Winfield, Kansas. Rev. Alvin Starke was installed as Pastor on May 19, 1940.
On May 16, 1938, a committee was appointed to plan an addition to the church structure to accommodate the growth with which God had blessed the congregation. The enlarged and redecorated house of worship was dedicated on December 17, 1939 (first Church building pictured above, Portrait by Paul Norton).
Pastor Bostelmann returned to Immanuel on August 18, 1940, as guest preacher for the dedication of the new brick school which had been constructed.
In 1942, a six room parsonage located at 2718 Rockingham Road was purchased for $4,000.00.
The Parish school closed on June 1, 1946, and the children of the congregation who desired parochial education were encouraged to attend Trinity Lutheran School with Immanuel congregation paying the tuition of $90.00 per pupil per year.
In 1948, the congregation purchased a two manual Wicks pipe organ in the Spring. On October 24, 1948, Pastor Starke accepted a call to Immanuel, Roswell, New Mexico. On January 9, 1949, Rev. Luther G. Schember was installed as Pastor and served until his retirement in 1980.
By 1952, it became evident that more room was needed for the fast growing congregation. A committee was formed to find a location suitable for expansion. The present church property was purchased at a cost of $11,700.00. It was a 5.7 acre cornfield. After much deliberation it was decided to first build the Parish Hall which would serve as a Sanctuary until the Sanctuary could be funded. The Parish Hall was dedicated on June 9, 1957. It measures 48' X 115'. In April of 1960, a new parsonage with 2 acres was purchased for $21,500.00 The old parsonage was sold for $11,000.00.
Within 8 years the Parish Hall was debt free and six months later the parsonage was also paid off. The congregation stared saving for the Sanctuary in late 1965. A sum of $160,000.00 cash was realized. The balance of $185,000.00 needed to build was loaned by the First National Bank of Davenport.
Construction began with ground breaking on July 15, 1973, and the cornerstone was laid November 11, 1973. The Sanctuary was dedicated on December 8, 1974. The building measures 120' long, 78' wide and 27' high. A 10 rank pipe organ was also dedicated the evening of December 8, 1974. The organ was built by the Watson-Hovind Organ Company of Galesburg, Illinois.
On February 28, 1988, Rev. Daniel L. Krueger was installed as Pastor.
The Pioneer Club program which ministers to children ages two through the sixth grade was begun at Immanuel in September of 1993.
In September of 1995 a two day Preschool was opened with Mrs. Barbara Wichelt as its first teacher/director and six students. By 1997 it had grown to 12 students and Mrs. Sally Haugen was the teacher/director with two and three day options. The current teacher/director is Mrs. Kathy Yaudas.
In April of 1998, Pastor Krueger accepted a call to serve as Pastor at Zion Lutheran Church, Hiawatha, Iowa. Pastor Fred Schuester was appointed Vacancy Pastor for Immanuel. On June 20, 1999, Seminary Graduate James R. Shaw was ordained and installed as Pastor at Immanuel. 2005 Pastor Shaw accepted a call and Vacancy Pastor's Dumer and Anderson split the duties until Pastor Chris Lockie accepted a call in January 2010.
In January of 2010, Pastor Chris Lockie became the pastor of Immanuel. Pastor Chris shared his time with Immanuel as well as the Lutheran Home in Davenport until he was brought on as full time pastor in 2013. Pastor Chris received a call from Prince of Peace in Racine, Wisconsin which he accepted leaving us in November 2015.
November 2015 during our vacancy we were blessed to have two wonderful shepherds as our pastors. Chaplain (Col.) Peter Mueller, (First U.S. Army Rock Island Arsenal) handled our weekly services and Pastor David Anderson from Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church Colona, Illinois and Eastside Mission in Davenport, Iowa ran our weekday needs. They served us until we were blessed with a call from the seminary and the beginning of our new chapter.
Pastor Ferch was born in 1972 in Waterloo, Iowa. He lived in Elk Run Heights until moving to Readlyn, Iowa. He enlisted in the United States Air Force immediately following high school graduation in 1991. He served in the military for over 8 years in various southern states before being honorably discharged. His last duty station was at Luke Air Force Base, Glendale, Arizona. He then served America’s Veterans at the Carl T. Hayden Veterans Administrative Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona for an additional 13+ years. He married his wife, Carole, in November, 1999. They have two daughters Madison and Lillian.
Pastor Ferch attended Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana, (2012-2016) where he graduated with a Masters of Divinity. He was ordained into the ministry of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod on July 19th, 2016, and serves as the Pastor at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Davenport, Iowa. He currently serves on the Lutheran Family Service Board of Directors and also is the Circuit Pastor for the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML).