Our Pastor & Staff
Senior Pastor, Dana Smith
Pastor Dana received his M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in 1999. The youngest of five in a family of nonbelievers, he was born and raised in West Chester, PA, a suburb of Philadelphia. He loves missions, preaching/teaching, and theology. Experiencing firsthand the damage of theological liberalism in the context of two mainline denominations in which he previously served, he affirms the need for Orthodoxy (right doctrine) followed by Orthopraxy (right living). Right belief in God's Word must translate into right action. The head must impact the heart, or else one does not really know God's Word. As such, he is constantly seeking to grow in the grace and the knowledge of the Lord Jesus (2 Peter 3:18), trusting that such growth in grace will translate into equal growth in evangelistic love for the lost and compassionate love for the household of faith.
Associate Pastor, Neil Murphy
Neil is the oldest of four children and was born and raised in Andover, MA in a Christian home. He received his undergraduate degree in Music Business at UMass Lowell but was then called to ministry. He graduated from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in 2018 with an M.Div. while working as a Director of Youth Ministries. Neil is passionate about the local church, making disciples who make disciples, youth ministry, evangelism/mission, and preaching/teaching. He also loves just about all types of music (especially jazz) and plays both upright and electric bass.
Office Administrator, Barbara Seifert
Barbara has her B.S. in Communications and had worked in Human Resources and Training & Development within the software industry for several years. She and her husband Jeff, have been at Immanuel Church for over 15 years. They have three teenagers and live in Westford. As a volunteer, Barbara currently serves as the Church Clerk and on the Immanel Cafe staff, and in the past, has served on the Associate Pastoral Search Committe, Women’s Ministry’s Mom’s Cottage, Vacation Bible School, and the Nursery/Children's Church.
Bookkeeper, 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.
Property Manager, Dennis Keefe
Dennis is responsible for maintaining cleanliness and repairs of building. He has been attending Immanuel for over twenty years! Dennis worked for the Marriott Hotels where he was the Chief Engineer for over ten years and was responsible for all indoor and outdoor repair work.