“I have a passion for children, youth, and family ministry, as well as for music, mission and social justice, and my hope and dreams for Immanuel are to grow and nurture new and old relationships, build together and continue to be the hands and feet of Christ as we live out our faith daily. I look forward to meeting folks in town and getting to know Tower for all it has to offer!”
Pastor Liz Cheney
Pastor Liz Cheney was born and raised in Virginia. She graduated from the Mountain Iron-Buhl High School and continued her education at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education. She continued her studies at st. Scholastica and was awarded a Master’s Degree in Education.
Pastor Cheney has led an interesting and adventurous life. She began her career teaching kindergarten in Northome for two years, then she moved to the Village of Larsen Bay on Kodiak Island in Alaska, where she taught elementary education in kindergarten through sixth grade in the village school. In 2001, she married Neil “Scooby” Cheney. “Scooby” was a hunting and fishing guide on Kodiak Island. They established their home on Kodiak Island and in 2003 their son, Zach, was born.
They returned to Minnesota in 2004. Eventually, she accepted the position of youth and family director at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cook and “Scooby” became affiliated with Ironworkers Local Union #512. Their daughter Hannah was born in 2005. Both Hannah and Zach are pupils at the Northwoods School in Cook.
In 2010, Pastor Cheney began her studies at Luther Seminary in St. Paul and took her internship at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Virginia. She graduated from seminary in May 2014 and served pulpit supply at Immanuel Lutheran until accepting the position of pastor. She was ordained Saturday, September 20, 2014 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Virginia and installed as pastor at Immanuel Lutheran on Sunday, October 26.
Pastor Cheney has a dynamic, friendly, charismatic personality and immediately endears herself to all whom she meets with her sincerity and zeal.