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Immanuel Prayer Training Team

Margaret Webb

President of Alive and Well, Inc.

Margaret's forty-year career in the healing arts began when she entered nursing school in 1964. She practiced as an RN for ten years, offered alternatives in health upgrading in the late 70's and early 80's, earned her Masters in Clinical Psychology in 1988 and enjoyed a twelve-year private practice as a Christian Counselor, retiring in 2001.

Her quest has always been health for the whole person, seeing the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual as inextricably intertwined. She also has a passion to see the church equipped to minister to the whole person through the transforming presence of God and the power of healthy Christian community.

Margaret began training lay prayer ministers in churches in the 1990’s and founded the Alive and Well Immanuel Prayer Training Program in 2010. She was thrilled when the Lord began forming a training team around her with qualified and committed trainers like Jessica Handy and Leren Chamberlain.

Although she no longer teaches the courses, she is actively involved in supervising the Training Team, developing the curriculum, forming leaders for the Mentor Team, and consulting with churches and ministries around the country.

Jessica Handy

Director of Immanuel Prayer Training

Jessica Handy is the Director of the Immanuel Prayer Training Program as well as the Administrator for Alive and Well, Inc. under the leadership of Jerry and Margaret Webb.

Jessie is an ordained Anglican pastor, having taught high school, served in Young Life, coordinated intentional community, initiated prayer ministries, and trained small group leaders. She has a Masters Degree in Teaching from Wheaton College as well as a Master of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary.

Jessie discovered inner healing prayer in 2005 through a seminary class with Dr. Charles Kraft, where she saw firsthand the impact of forgiveness on her own life and relationships. She went on to study Theophostic and Immanuel Prayer with Margaret Webb and has been training others since 2008. Her greatest joy is helping people learn to experience the presence of God.

“Immanuel helps people learn to hear God for themselves and become more aware of His presence in the daily moments of life,” she says. “It generates deep and lasting healing in the context of prayer, community, and the overarching focus of maturity in Christ.”

As one who cares deeply about unity and maturity in the church, intergenerational relationships, and transformed lives, she has been encouraged and amazed by the impact of Immanuel in all of these areas. Her lifelong experience in education and the church has prepared her to equip believers for service and mission. She is delighted to serve in a ministry where so many of her passions coincide.

Alive and Well Qualified Trainers

Leren Chamberlain

Leren Chamberlain – Carol Stream, IL

B.S. Spanish and Secondary Education, University of Iowa
M.A. Spanish Literature, University of Northern Iowa
Certificate in Lay Counseling, Allender Center, Seattle School of Theology and Psychology

Leren is qualified to teach Immanuel Lifestyle and Immanuel Prayer Minister Training live or using the Alive & Well video curriculum.

Phyllis Ericksen

Phyllis Ericksen - Wheaton, IL

B.A. Elementary Education, Carroll College
M.A. Educational Ministries, Wheaton College

Phyllis is qualified to teach Immanuel Lifestyle and Immanuel Prayer Training live or using the video curriculum.

Jess Hansen

Jess Hansen - Nashville, TN

B.A. Religious Studies, University of California Santa Barbara
M.A. Teaching, George Fox University
M.A. Christian Formation, North Park Theological Seminary – in progress

Jess is qualified to teach Immanuel Lifestyle and Immanuel Prayer Training live or using the video curriculum.

Wai-Chin Matsuoka

Wai-Chin Matsuoka - Lombard, IL

B.S. Business Administration in Accountancy, National University of Singapore
M.S. Management Information Systems, Northern Illinois University
Spiritual Direction Certificate, Christos Center

Certificate in the Art of Supervision, North Park Theological Seminary

Wai-Chin is qualified to teach Immanuel Lifestyle live or using the Alive & Well video curriculum. She is qualified to teach Immanuel Prayer Minister Training using the Alive & Well video curriculum.

Catherine Penney

Catherine Penney - Wheaton, IL

B.A. English, Wheaton College
M.F.A. Fiction, Sewanee School of Letters

Catherine is qualified to teach Immanuel Prayer Training live or using the video curriculum.

Sue Sather

Sue Sather – Omaha, NE

B.S. Dietetics, University of Texas at Austin
On Staff with The Navigators since 1980
Spiritual Direction Certificate, Seeking the Spirit Within
THRIVE Training Completed 2016

Sue is qualified to train others in Immanuel Lifestyle and Immanuel Prayer Ministry using the Alive & Well video curriculum.