Our Pastors & Staff
Senior Pastor, Mathews George
My name is Mathews George, and I was born in India and raised as a member of one of the Early Churches of Christendom, the Thomas Christians of India (founded by Apostle Thomas as the name would imply). I began my transition into serving the Lord in High School as the Gospel became clear to me through the influence of an Evangelical prayer group I was active in. From there on, I continued active involvement in Ministry throughout my time in higher education. I was blessed enough to marry my beautiful wife, Anju, in 1995 and I have been blessed with five wonderful children. My journey in the US began with the Lord "ambushing” me through a personal encounter while I was working as the Chief Executive of a Company in India. Immediately following this, I quit my job to pursue full time ministry in the United States. The family and I moved to attend Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. Over the last 15 years, I’ve been Pastor of three different churches in Tennessee, Vermont, and California. I have counselled, mentored, and discipled many people and simply love to share Christ with whoever I meet.
EMAIL: Mathews George
Associate Pastor, Neil Murphy
Neil was raised in Andover, MA in a Christian home. He received his undergraduate degree in Music Business at UMass Lowell, which is also when he began to sense a call to ministry. After discerning the call, he continued his studies at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and graduated in 2018 with a Masters of Divinity (M.Div.). During his time at GCTS, he worked as a Director of Youth Ministry at the First Baptist Church of Reading, MA. Neil has been serving as Immanuel’s Associate Pastor since 2018. He is passionate about making disciples who make disciples, the local church, preaching, teaching, youth ministry, and missions. Neil and his lovely wife, Elizabeth, live in Billerica. In his free time, he enjoys being outside, reading, just about all types of music (especially jazz!), playing music (especially upright or electric bass!), and watching hockey.
Office Administrator, Barbara Seifert
Barbara has her B.S. in Communications and previous to this position, worked in Human Resources and Training & Development within the software industry for several years. She and her husband Jeff have been married for 30 years and live in Westford. They have three young adult children; Jared, Jack and Grace. As a volunteer, Barbara served for several years as the Church Clerk. She has also served on the Associate Pastoral Search Committee, Immanuel Cafe, Women’s Ministry’s Mom’s Cottage, Vacation Bible School, and the Nursery/Children's Church.
Bookkeeper and Property Coordinator, Bruce Fottler
Bruce grew up in the Chicago suburbs and moved to the Boston area while in high school. After attending Northeastern University, he spent 25 years in accounting, credit management, and treasury management positions. While his career-track mostly put him behind a desk, he dabbled in creative pursuits such as producing, writing, and directing film shorts. Bruce is also an author of five published novels. Bruce and his wife, Melody, have been attending Immanuel Church for a few years now. They have two children, Jacob and Drew, and live in Chelmsford.
Children's Ministry Coordinator, Amanda Hughes
Amanda received her B.A. in Music Ed at EWU, and her Master’s in Music at UMass Lowell. She spent many years as a public school teacher, with the bulk of her career in Lexington Public Schools working in the Music Dept. as well as Special Ed. Additionally, she has been on staff at Boston Flute Academy for many years working as an ensemble coach and flute instructor. Amanda and her husband Russ, have been attending Immanuel for about 20 years. During this time, she has served on VBS, run seasonal choirs for children and adults, and currently serves on the Worship and Evangelism Teams. During off hours, she loves spending time with her family, and her two German Shepherds, Shiloh and Akiva.