The Emmanuel United Baptist Church history is still unfolding & "The Best is Yet to Come."
The following account of the short history of Emmanuel, begins after much prayer, the Holy Spirit led Rev. Carvin Cook to step out on faith to plant a new church. Therefore, on June 4, 1994, a small group met in the house of Rev. Cook to pray & join in the planting of a new church. The saints testified to how God had blessed them & given them the vision to join in the awesome task of organizing & planting a new church. The first meeting was truly filled with the Power of the Holy Spirt.
On October 2, 1994, the Emmanuel United Baptist Church was formally organized. The initial worship services was held at the Garrison United Methodist Church, which served as the home of Emmanuel for three years. As the organizing service, the church charter was signed by 37 saints & the resolution was approved to call Rev. Carvin Cook as the founding Pastor. Rev. Cook preached his first sermon as Pastor entitled, "Needed: A New Testament Church" (Matthew 16:16). It was during the formative years at Garrison UM, the Sunday School, Deacon Board, Trustee Board, Voices of Emmanuel choir, Youth Day Choir, & Missionary Society were organized.
At the end of the third year, the Lord made the church's current location available. While obtaining the final approval from Zoning, Fire & Housing Boards, the Gwynn Falls Elementary School served as our temporary home.
But, "Thanks be Unto God," on October 11, 1998 the Emmanuel Church Family Met to Dedicate its current location, 2300 Reisterstown Rd, to the Lord. Proceeding the service of dedication, the saints worked very hard to renovate the building.
On September 19, 2004, the Deaconess Board was established with Sisters Betty Frank, Betty Graham, Eunice Shannon, Hattie Williams, the late Julia Johnson & Sadie Vaughn, were dedicated as inaugural Deaconess.
After 19 years of service, the Moses in Rev. Cook, saw that it was time to pass, "The Mantle." Therefore, after six months of serving as Assistant Pastor, the saints unanimously voted for the Rev. Dr. Rasheed Q. Ray, to serve as their next pastor. Therefore, on August 3, 2014 Pastor was officially installed as the second Pastor of Emmanuel. As Emmanuel's history continues to unfold, on July 29th, Rev. Curtis A. Roberts was appointed Pastor and Rev. Ray Sr.Pastor. As we are looking back & moving forward, we know, "We've come this far by faith," & it's our faith that will Take us Higher!
For we are Emmanuel United, But this is the City of Agape!