It is our hope to live out discipleship, community, worship, and outreach to our city and world.
It is our desire to live as disciples who make other disciples (followers) of Jesus Christ. Just like the disciples in the early church, we strive to learn from and live like Jesus Christ in all we say and do. Those who profess Jesus as the Lord of their lives are baptized into the fellowship of the body of Christ.
Just like the early church, we believe that fellowship and community are key aspects towards growing in our faith. Faith was never meant to be done alone, and we believe that we were created for community as we love God and love others together.
Our church desires to bring glory and honor to the LORD through our acts of worship. We worship the LORD in many ways including:
Teaching and studying the Scripture
Singing songs, hymns, and praise
Giving to the LORD and to those in need
Baptizing new followers of Jesus
Taking Communion together as the body of Christ
Immanuel Baptist Church loves to give back and selflessly serve its community. We have a wide variety of mission projects and outreaches extending from our beloved city of Greenville, NC all the way to regions of Nepal.
42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need.46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
In 1915 Immanuel Baptist Church was formed out of a group of 37 charter members. The official organization is credited to Rev. George J. Dowell of Ayden, NC. In a hall located above the Express Company, at the corner of West Eighth Street and Dickinson Avenue in Greenville, NC, the first meeting occurred. The first pastor called to the church was Rev. John E. Ayscue in 1916, serving until 1920.
In 1917 a new church location was sought, and land was bought on West Eighth Street, a location where they would remain for the next fifty years. A milestone occurred in 1927 during Rev. L. R. O'Brian's tenure when women were first elected as deacons.
Rev. Irby Jackson took over as pastor in 1956 and served for 21 years. Under his guidance, the church began to grow. In 1977 Dr. Gene Adams became Senior Pastor and served until 1981. The next pastor, Rev. Hugh A. Burlingdon, Jr. served from 1981-2005 making him the longest to serve as pastor at the church.
In 1999 the church was involved in the formation of a Korean Mission Church which shared their fellowship hall and educational space. From 2008-2016 Dr. Scott Conner was pastor of the church and was involved in projects with Belvoir School and Building Hope Community Life Center in Greenville during his tenure.
The Korean Missions Church named Rev. David Nam as pastor of that church in 2009. In addition, in 2014 Rev. David Archer began serving as the Minister of Music and Administration. The current pastor of the main church, Rev. Asher J. Panton, began his tenure in 2017. In 2019, Rev. Dong Soo Lee was named pastor of the Korean Missions Church.