Our Mission

We believe that it is important to be deliberate in everything we do. What is the purpose behind this ministry, or that activity, or that gathering? Therefore, we have established what we call our mission or strategy for accomplishing the eternal purposes of Evangelism, Fellowship, Worship, Discipleship, Ministry and that is . . . Connect - Grow - Live.

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Our purpose is to see people begin a relationship with Jesus Christ and to continue in community with one another.

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Our purpose is to guide people to greater knowledge and wisdom of God and His Word on their journey of faith.

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Our purpose is to challenge people to use their spiritual gifts and talents to impact others for the Kingdom of God.

Our Beliefs

Emmanuel is a contemporary Baptist church filled with people who recognize their brokenness and need of Jesus Christ on a daily basis. The Word of God leads our every purpose and practice. Each person is challenged to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ where he has access to God through prayer, worship, and service. We are a church of imperfect people serving a perfect and awesome God!

Loving God. Loving People.

What To Expect

Sundays are the day we gather together to worship and listen to God's powerful Word in community together. We have three different options. Pick which one fits you best!

    Our 11:15 AM contemporary gathering is filled with energy and excitement!  You can expect passionate and familiar worship songs and practical preaching from God’s Word.  It is a “come as you are” gathering where most people dress casual while enjoying a complimentary cup of coffee.  Our purpose is to motivate each person to action in his life while building connection with God and each other.  Each Sunday is filled with people who are searching for God’s purpose in their lives.  Come and check it out; you’ll never be the same!

    Leading With Love

    our team

    Our team is made up of passionate followers of Jesus Christ who are creative, caring, and committed. We value relationships at the highest level. Please reach out to any one of us with any questions or needs that you might have. We are here for you!


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    John Scally

    Lead Pastor

    Education: BA in "Church Ministries" with a Youth Emphasis from Maranatha Baptist University.
    Family: Tami (wife), Zachary (son), Hope (daughter), Victoria (daughter)
    Interests: Red Wings Hockey, Michigan Football, Pizza & Pepsi
    Spiritual: Reach the greater Flint area for Jesus Christ by equipping our people in the Gospel!

    Email: john@eflint.org


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    Dan Thorpe

    Growth Pastor

    Education: BA in Bible from Moody Bible Institute and MDiv from Moody Theological Seminary.
    Family: Kellie (wife), Anna (daughter), Colin (son)
    Interests: Coffee, Reading, Family Time, Guitar, Home Improvement Projects, Cooking.
    Spiritual: I enjoy teaching the Bible and talking theology in order to equip and empower people to serve the Lord through our local church.

    Email: dan@eflint.org


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    Jack Dowden

    Seniors Pastor

    Education: BA in Bible from Cedarville University and MDiv
    from Grand Rapids Baptist Theological Seminary.
    Family: Nancy (wife), and together have four sons and one daughter.  They have given us 14 granddaughters and 3 grandsons. We also have  one great-granddaughter and one great-grandson.
    Interests:  Enjoy golfing with our senior men, and  traveling the country to see our family.
    Spiritual: Since God called me into the ministry, I have enjoyed learning about the love of God and experiencing His faithfulness, so now my passion is to live it and share it with others.

    Email: jack@eflint.org


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    Ross Martello

    Youth Pastor

    EducationBachelor of Science in Youth Ministry and Minor in Greek from Cornerstone University.
    Family: Laura (wife), Allie (daughter), Erin (daughter).
    Interests: I love sports of any type both playing and watching.  I also like to dabble in computers and have built my own desktop, which means I am still a PC guy (Sorry Mac).  I also love to try new food, play board games and watch movies.
    SpiritualI desire to see teens pattern their lives after Jesus by developing a true relationship with Him and mature in that relationship as they move toward adulthood.  Also there is nothing more exciting than seeing a teen come to accept Jesus as Lord of his life and then go out and spread that love to their friends!

    Email: ross@eflint.org


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    Matt Hatton

    Children's Pastor

    Education: Post-secondary education in the Fall of 2011 at Liberty University in Virginia to obtain a bachelor’s degree in Biblical/Theological Studies. I will be graduating soon!
    Family: Morgan (wife), Charlotte (daughter)
    Interests: Fishing, hunting, hiking, backpacking, camping, biking, dirt-biking, disc golf, golf, as well as many other outdoor activities.
    Spiritual: I desire to see God glorified in our duty to make disciples who make disciples. Through sharing the Gospel of Christ, baptism, and teaching of the Word I love to be a part of discipleship coming full circle in the lives of people of all ages and nations.

    Email: matt@eflint.org


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    Karrie Nealis

    Office Manager

    Family: Brent (Husband), Hailey (Daughter), Joseph (Son), Jeremy (Son)
    Interests: Baking, decorating, spending time with my family and watching the Detroit Tigers.
    Spiritual: I love to watch the Lord transform lives. I love letting people know that they are truly loved by an amazing God!

    Email: office@eflint.org


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    Josh Groce

    Graphics/Advertising

    CelebrateRecovery Director

    Family: Kristy (wife), Jordyn (daughter), Josh (son), Garrett (son), Graden (son)
    Interests: Michigan State (#GoGreen!), family, learning anything new, cooking.
    Spiritual Motivation: To show the world that no matter how far you feel from God, He can bring you out of your mess and use you for His purpose.

    Email: josh@eflint.org


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    Sam Kraut

    Contemporary Worship Director


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    Evelyn Jackson

    Traditional Worship Director


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    Linda Schmidt

    Facilities Manager


    Want to worship with us?

    If you are looking to check us out and have questions, we encourage you to email us. Please feel free to ask anything you would like to know! Just click the button and send us an email.