God's Presence


 God's People


the World with the Love of Jesus Christ

Worship with us

Sunday Mornings at 9:30 AM either in-person or online.

About Us

Serving Riverside since 1908

Immanuel Lutheran Church and School is a vibrant community of believers.  We believe God has a purpose for us, and by His grace, we are making a difference in the lives of our members and our community.  
Interested in joining us on this adventure?  Contact Us and we'll take care of the rest!

preschool and elementary School

Our Preschool provides education and care for toddlers up to PreK children.  We offer many scheduling options and we will work with you to find just the right one for your child.  
Our Elementary school provides K-6 children with the Christ-centered education that will help them grow into productive adults.  

Get to know our

This school year, we welcomed a new director to our preschool program. After an in-depth interview process, members of the hiring committee decided that Valerie Thompson would be best suited as the director of the Immanuel Lutheran Preschool. She has nearly 20 years of experience working in early childhood education with sixteen of those years coming from her experience at the University of California, Riverside. Valerie has worked with infants, toddlers, preschool and school-age children. While she has fun with all age groups, her heart belongs with the toddlers.

Valerie has been a resident of Riverside her whole life. She enjoys spending time with her family and is often seen with her nieces and nephews. When Valerie is not at work, you can probably find her at Disneyland. There, she likes to try  new foods, watch shows and get on the rides. 

Our Ministry Team

Senior Pastor Steven Borst has been at Immanuel since 2008.  He and his wife, Kim, have 5 sons and enjoy traveling -- especially to  the beach.  He's an avid reader, enjoys sports, and really loves serving God's people.

Discipleship Pastor Robert Jones came to Immanuel in 2019.  He and his wife, Alison, have one daughter and enjoy having family adventures. He enjoys drawing and crafting new ways to share the Gospel with others.

Mrs. Jean Kempe is our Director of Christian Education.  She has served our children and teens at Immanuel since 2003.  She and her husband Nathan enjoy good food and good company.  Her favorite color is orange, and you'll recognize her by her joyful laugh. 

Upcoming events

Some things you won't want to miss!  


What is Discipleship?  How can you connect with Christ and others?  At Immanuel, you will be equipped to grow in your faith and be shaped by God.