Meet Our Staff

Pastor Ben Maton

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Pastor Ben Maton is a baptized child of God—Father, Son and Holy Spirit who loves him with an eternal love.  He’s husband to Jennifer, father to Stella, Ruby, and Phoenix, and as of July 2012 pastor to the forgiven sinners God has gathered at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Charlottesville.

Pastor Ben was raised in southeast Michigan and is a graduate of Concordia College in Seward, Nebraska (B.A.), Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri (M.Div. & S.T.M.), and the University of Virginia (M.A. Religious Studies).  He came to Charlottesville in 2008 after serving congregations in New England in order to begin work on a Ph.D. in Religious Studies at the University of Virginia (work still in progress).  After four years as a member of Immanuel, Pastor Ben accepted the call to serve as her pastor.

If you have any questions, special pastoral ministry needs, or just want to chat, please contact Pastor Ben through the church office by calling (434) 295-4038 or via e-mail.

Eric Franzen

Director of Music
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As Director of Music at Immanuel, Eric Franzen organizes and directs the adult and youth choirs, and serves as pianist and organist, (and sometimes cantor) for worship services.  He also coordinates and oversees all musical ensembles and special music offerings.  You can contact Eric through the church office via email.  To keep up with Eric outside of his church roles, check out his website: