Elder Candidates

Voting takes place Sunday, December 8, 2019 at both services


Bios are provided so that you may get acquainted with each candidate.  Please prayerfully review the information below as you consider each one.

Ralph Almaraz

Number of years attending Emmanuel:  13
Number of years a member of Emmanuel: 13

Spiritual gifts:  Mission work & craftsmanship; evangelism and mentorship, especially to those seeking addiction recovery.

Prior / current service at Emmanuel:  Traffic Team 2006-2007; Habitat for Humanity; electrical renovations on the Green’s house; various other renovation projects; Hurricane Katrina disaster relief; Night to Shine; car show.  Current: Coffee Team; usher; East Baltimore Graffiti church electrical pre-construction work.

Other qualifications: The desire to serve God’s church as an imperfect elder to help lead, teach, pray, counsel, love and protect our church family; ability to effectively minister to the hurting and the addicted.

LaCoria & Tim Contee

Tim and LaCoria have been attending Emmanuel since 2014.  They attended service as visitors over five years ago and knew immediately that they wanted Emmanuel to be their church home.   Between the two of them they serve on the Usher Team, Greeter Team, and the Liturgical Dance Team. Their lives and the lives of their children have been greatly enriched through their membership at Emmanuel. They look forward to the opportunity to continue serving the Emmanuel Church family as Deacons.

Leon Brand

Number of years attending Emmanuel:  12
Number of years a member of Emmanuel: 12

Spiritual gifts:  Prayer, exhortation, teaching, missions.

Prior / current service at Emmanuel:  Past: Greeter; Night to Shine; Connection Group leader.  Current:  Teller Team; Connection Group member. 

Other qualifications:  Lead Reconciliation Team in 2008; Organized Fall Picnic 2009; Chaired the renovation of the Green’s house 2009; Children’s Ministry 2009-2010; VBS  2011-2013; Elder 2010-2014.

Ralph Fierro

Number of years attending Emmanuel:  3
Number of years a member of Emmanuel: 3

Spiritual gifts:  Exhortation (encourager) and administration (ability to generate/process a plan).

Prior / current service at Emmanuel:  Worship team (including special events), Audio/Visual Team, VBS, Connection Group member.

Other qualifications:  Served as Deacon at Dunkirk Baptist Church, along with praise band /choir, A/V, AWANA, and VBS; orchestra/choir at  Fellowship Baptist Church; hosted home Bible studies.

Bill Holston

Number of years attending Emmanuel:  10
Number of years a member of Emmanuel: 9

Spiritual gifts:  Leadership, administration, teaching.

Prior / current service at Emmanuel:  Marriage Team; Usher; Campus Care Team; Missions; Connection Groups.

Other qualifications:  Served as Elder 2013-2018 [completed full, 5-year term].

Mark Jones

Number of years attending Emmanuel:  17 

Number of years a member of Emmanuel:  17 


Spiritual gifts:  Giving and teaching.


Prior / current service at Emmanuel:  Adult Sunday School teacher; Children’s Ministry; MOPS (Mothers of Pre-Schoolers), Greeter Team, and Coffee Team.


Other qualifications:  Served as deacon, Sunday School teacher, and supervised the collection of the offering at First Baptist Church of Friendly.

Al Lense

Number of years attending Emmanuel:  4
Number of years a member of Emmanuel: 4

Spiritual gifts:  Communicating effectively, and organizing activities and projects.

Prior / current service at Emmanuel:  Served as deacon since 2017; Embark Middle School Team leader; long-standing Connection Group leader for over two years.  Previously served on the Coffee Team.

Other qualifications:  Held leadership positions in various organizations; a valued and contributing follower at Emmanuel; understand the importance of teamwork.

Aaron Millman

Number of years attending Emmanuel:  4

Number of years a member of Emmanuel:  2

Spiritual gifts:  Leadership and discernment; detail-oriented; ability to successfully execute and complete a task. 


Prior / current service at Emmanuel:  Co-leader of Children’s Ministry; Worship Team; A/V Team; Media Team; Building Team; Tech Development Team.


Other qualifications:  Church Plant Team for Mid-Atlantic Community Church, Crofton, MD;  Staff Production and Technical Director; Graphic Designer .

If anyone serves Me, he must follow Me; and where I am, there will My servant be also.

John 12:26a




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