A MESSAGE FROM EMMANUEL'S PASTOR
Thanks for taking the time to visit our website! Maybe you’ve come here because you recently moved to the area and you’re looking for a new church home. Or maybe you’re starting to think about spiritual issues and you’d like to broaden and deepen your search. Perhaps you have a child who’s started asking about God, and you’re not sure what to do, but you’re thinking that maybe church could be a place to find some answers. Or maybe you’re at a crisis in your life, and you’ve decided you could use some spiritual guidance right now. Whatever the reason may be, let me offer an observation: God uses a lot of different things in our lives to get us to where we need to be in our relationship with Him. So whether you’ve been a follower of Christ for some time or you’re just now beginning to search for God and for answers to your questions about Him, I think you’ll find that Emmanuel is a great place to land.
What can you expect on your first visit to a worship service at Emmanuel? You’ll meet people who genuinely love one another, and who will welcome you with warmth, openness and respect. Our worship services focus on honoring God through music that connects with the heart, and through preaching that’s thoroughly biblical but also applicable to your daily life. It’s our prayer that you’ll leave every service with the sense of having encountered God and experienced His presence.
If you’re interested, you might want to take a minute and read through what we believe. Click on “About Us” (one of the headings at the top of every page); then click on “What We Believe.” We try to base all of our doctrinal convictions on what the Bible says, not on the latest fad or the most recent polling statistics. Thus, nothing on that page will be new; we stand proudly within the great traditions of orthodox Christianity that have been held sacred for twenty-one centuries of church history.
If you decide to visit a service at Emmanuel, please come up and introduce yourself to me at the end of the service. I’d love to meet you and hear some of your story. I’ll look forward to it!
David M. McAlpin, Ph.D.
Senior Pastor, Emmanuel Baptist Church
WHAT TO EXPECT
We’re so glad you’ve decided to visit us! You’ll find a list of commonly asked questions. Please don’t hesitate to send us a message or give us a call at (913) 649-0900.
How do I get there?
Emmanuel is located at the north west corner of Meltcalf and 103rd in Overland Park.
What should I do when I get there?
If you’re an adult, or have youth-aged children, we recommend parking at the north side of the building. Stop by our welcome desk and our volunteers can help you find a small group, the Worship Center, or even help you get a cup of coffee from our Corner Cafe.
Do you have children?
If you’re visiting with small children we recommend parking at the south side of the building and stopping at our Children’s Welcome desk. There you can meet with volunteers who will help you check your children in and show you to their classrooms.
LIFE CHANGE STORIES
As newcomers to the community in 1986, we searched for a church where we could worship, serve and be part of a family and that’s exactly what we found at Emmanuel Baptist. We found people to share life with, from the Sunday School fellowship, to serving in nursery through youth and now welcoming others in our cool coffee shop. This sweet place of worship and its people have been a blessing to us. We look forward to continuing our faith walk at Emmanuel!
Curtis and Melissa
We have been members of Emmanuel since we came to the Kansas City area from Texas in 2001. Even through a couple of extended periods overseas in Australia and Singapore, we have always felt that EBC is "home" for us throughout because of the people here. If anyone wants a church that is grounded in the Bible, wholeheartedly focused on Jesus and welcoming to anyone, warts and all (and we have those for sure!), EBC is the place for you. Less about doctrine (though we're very sound in this) or eloquent preaching (though we have an awesome preacher), this is a church where you will find acceptance, love and support through life's tough times as we all seek to follow Jesus and the promises He gives us in this life and the next.
Andy & Deanna
For the past 10 years it has been my privilege and joy to worship and serve at EBC. My church family has uplifted me in the best of times celebrating my marriage and the dedication of our children as well as the difficult times including the recent loss of our possessions in a fire.
We feel that God's best for us lies just ahead. Our family is looking forward to our new start in life and we are excited about what the Lord is doing in our church!
My husband and I recently got married and moved to Kansas City. We wanted to start this new chapter of our lives with God by our side and ended up visiting Emmanuel. Our first visit was wonderful. We were greeted by the nicest, most welcoming people and made to feel very at home. During that first service, I felt called to rededicate my life to Christ and be baptized. Pastor Matt met with me and discussed my decision. He and his wife, Sarah, guided me through every step and I was baptized last weekend! Emmanuel is a welcoming church with wonderful people to help facilitate a growth in your relationship with Jesus.
EBC has been our home for 10 years and we have experienced many life changes and stages during that time. This church family is encouraging and supportive when it is easy and when it gets tough. We joined EBC right before we had any children and it has been a blessing to watch our kids grow in their faith and love for Jesus and others. Our family has participated in Lifegroups at EBC and they are intimate and intentional. We enjoy AWANA and how purposeful it is in scripture memorization and making it fun. I also had the joy of doing MOPS here which impacted my heart and refreshed my soul to provide my children what they needed but also take the guilt away of not being All they need All the time. We are proud to call EBC our church family and thankful for God providing a body of believers to do life with.
For 24 years I’ve called Emmanuel “home”. For most of those years, I’ve served in the children’s department. One of the things I love most is that I’ve continually watched children run into their classes excitedly - ready to learn and knowing they’re loved; and I’ve watched parents walk away with smiles - knowing their children are loved, safe and will learn the truths about God and His Word.