Meet Our Staff

photo of Pastor Nick Kooi

Pastor Nick Kooi


Pastor Kooi has recently joined the Emmaus staff and became pastor here on July 17, 2016. Before Emmaus, he attended Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and graduated from there in May 2016. He did his undergraduate work at Concordia University Wisconsin, where he got his degree in Pre-Seminary Studies and Biblical Languages.

Pastor Kooi is originally from Island Lake, Illinois, which is a small suburb of Chicago. He is an avid Blackhawks fan, and in his spare time, he enjoys reading, playing video games, watching movies, and hanging out with his family. His wife, Dawn, is a teacher at Central Lutheran School.

Maria Kult

Maria Kult

Parish Administrator

Maria has served as the Parish Administrator at Emmaus since 2004. Maria and her husband, Alfie, enjoy gardening, hiking, and making ice cream together. They regularly visit Alfie’s family in Canada and always try to get out to the mountains while they are there. Maria is also a pianist and plays for the hymn sing at the Emmaus Senior Moments gathering each month.