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Emmanuel members are invited to vote December 13, 2020 at the 9am & 10:45am services.


Ralph Almaraz

Number of years attending Emmanuel:  14

Number of years a member of Emmanuel: 14

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 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 elder to help lead, teach, pray, counsel, love and protect our church family; ability to effectively minister to the hurting and the addicted.

Marc Arigo

Number of years attending Emmanuel:  3

Number of years a member of Emmanuel:  1

Spiritual gifts:  Service and leadership.

Prior / current service at Emmanuel:  Mission trip to Immakolee, Florida; Safe Nights; VBS prep; Connection Group host.

Other qualifications:  Previously served within various ministries at other churches that included community outreach projects, parking, IT communications, and Sunday School teacher for preschool-aged children. 

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Ralph Fierro

Number of years attending Emmanuel:  4

Number of years a member of Emmanuel:  4

Spiritual gifts:  Exhortation (encourager) and administration

(ability to generate/process a plan).

Prior / current service at Emmanuel:  Elder; Student Pastor Search Team; Worship Team; Audio/Visual Team; VBS; Connection Groups.

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.


Leon Brand

Number of years attending Emmanuel:  13

Number of years a member of Emmanuel: 13

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:  Led 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.


Bill Holston

Number of years attending Emmanuel:  11

Number of years a member of Emmanuel:  10

Spiritual gifts:  Leadership, administration, teaching.

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

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


Mark Jones

Number of years attending Emmanuel:  18

Number of years a member of Emmanuel:  18

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.

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Al Lense

Number of years attending Emmanuel:  5

Number of years a member of Emmanuel:  5

Spiritual gifts:  Effective communication, organization, leading of activities and


Prior / current service at Emmanuel:  Served as Elder (2020), Deacon (2017-19); Embark Middle School Team leader; Connection Group leader for over three years.  Current Elder responsibilities - Safety and Security Team architect and leader, Youth Pastor Search Team, Emmanuel Gym Facility Construction Team, Emmanuel CCB program manager.  Frequent volunteer at various Emmanuel events.

Other qualifications:  US Air Force veteran - 24 years of service, numerous leadership positions; former Homeowner’s Association president; youth soccer coach and referee; current Delta Air Lines pilot .

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