About Us

Emmanuel Press is owned by Rev. Michael and Janet Frese, who work together to develop ideas, edit and format manuscripts, and process orders in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Rev. Frese divides his time between responsibilities as Associate Pastor at Redeemer Lutheran Church, adjunct professor at Concordia Theological Seminary, and Wing Chaplain with the Indiana Air National Guard. In addition to her work with Emmanuel Press, Mrs. Frese spends most of her days homeschooling their three children, caring for their home and gardens, and planning family excursions to various historical sites in the United States and abroad. Travel has been an important part of the Freses’ lives since the couple first met as college students during an archaeological dig in Israel in 1995. Later, the family lived in Germany for five years total, first for graduate studies and then with the military.

In 2004 Emmanuel Press was founded in order to publish The Brotherhood Prayer Book, a liturgical resource inspired by a German breviary and developed by Rev. Frese and Rev. Dr. Benjamin Mayes. Since then, Emmanuel Press has continued in its mission in making works essential to confessional Lutheran theology available worldwide, offering a host of classic reprinted books, original devotional books, and catechetical and liturgical resources.

Emmanuel Press seeks to collaborate with accomplished authors, translators, and artists to expand the variety of titles available to its customers, partnering with the likes of Mr. Matthew Carver, Rev. David Petersen, Mr. Edward Riojas, and Mrs. Katie Schuermann. Since 2011 Emmanuel Press has also produced a number of exclusive ecclesiastical greeting cards and Christmas cards, adding to the collection annually.

About the Emmanuel Press Logo:  The shield emblem features a thurible with wafts of incense floating upwards, calling to mind Psalm 141:2, “Let my prayer be set forth before thee as incense.” Knowledge of divine things should lead Christians to prayer and contemplation of God the Holy Trinity. The EP emblem, located within the shield, has the P functioning also as a stylized cross and “chi-rho,” the first two letters of the Greek word for “Christ.”