Rick serves as Lead Pastor of Emmanuel Church. He has the joy of assisting the leadership teams in both Envision Kids and Embark Student Ministry, encouraging the next generation to become fully-developing followers of Jesus. Rick also provides leadership for the Connection Group Ministry, and works closely with Emmanuel’s numerous Team Leaders. He also provides pastoral care to members, couples and families during the difficult seasons of life through Emmanuel’s E-Sources of Hope and Care.
Rick began serving in ministry in 1986 as a volunteer Youth Activities Coordinator at Landover Hills Baptist Church. In 1990, he was called to serve on staff at Frayser Baptist Church in Memphis, Tennessee, and began serving as pastor in Sledge, Mississippi in 1994.
Rick was born and raised in a Christ-centered home. His parents were active members and leaders at their home church. God used the truth found in Psalm 37:4 to call Rick into full-time ministry. It states, "Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart." The closer he walked with Jesus, the louder His call was on Rick’s life to serve Him and His Church. Today, he couldn't imagine doing anything differently!
Rick is a graduate of DeMatha Catholic High School, Washington Bible College, and Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary where he received his Master's of Divinity in 1993.
Rick has had the joy of serving as lead pastor in three churches including First Baptist Church of Sledge, Mississippi, Southern Calvert Baptist Church in Lusby, Maryland, and Dunkirk Baptist Church in Dunkirk, Maryland. He served as the consultant for Evangelism, Partnership Missions, and Prayer Ministry for the Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware [BCMD], served two terms as Convention President, and had the honor of serving as the Interim Executive Director of the BCMD. Rick most recently served as the Director of Missions for the Mid-Maryland Baptist Association.
Rick and his wife, Lisa, and have been married since June 9, 1990. They have four amazing children: Kelsie, Emily, Faith, and Joshua. One of their favorite family activities is enjoying fishing and boating on the Chesapeake Bay. Rick’s claim-to-fame is his culinary talent for making one of the tastiest jumbo lump crab cakes you have ever eaten. His Rock Fish cakes aren't too bad either - so he’s been told!
Pastor Stan was born in Washington, DC. & grew up in the DC suburbs. He didn't go to church until he was 15 years old and even then, according to Stan, he went for the wrong reasons. He did, however, accept Jesus as his Savior and began sharing his faith with others. By the time he was 18, he was preaching and teaching in his church. Soon after, God called Stan into the ministry and he attended college and seminary. His first pastorate after seminary was First Baptist Church of Princess Anne where he and his family fruitfully served for five years.
God then called Pastor Stan to Hughesville Baptist Church in Charles County. The Lord greatly blessed their twelve years there, as the church tripled in attendance as well as building size.
God led Pastor Stan back to the Eastern Shore in 1994 to become the Director of Missions for Eastern Baptist Association. He thoroughly enjoyed his time working with all the different churches, missions, and new church starts.
On January 1, 2000, Pastor Stan accepted the call to become the Senior Pastor of First Baptist of Laurel, Maryland. He and his family served there for over sixteen years. Stan retired in May of 2016. While at Laurel, Pastor Stan helped to lead the 120-year-old church from its downtown location to a new 34-acre campus, eventually building a new 78,000 square-foot multipurpose building. In the last ten years, First Baptist of Laurel became one of the most multi-ethnic churches on the East Coast with a membership make- up of people from 51 different countries.
Since his retirement, Pastor Stan has been actively preaching and leading Capture the Vision capital fund campaigns.
Pastor Stan and his wife Diana have now been married for over 49 years, and are currently living in Prince Frederick, Maryland. Their oldest son, Tim, a band teacher in Howard County, his wife Jen, and daughter April, reside in Crofton, Maryland. Their middle son, Jonathan, Pastor of New Hope Church, his wife Jamie, and their children, Caroline and Isaac, live in Bunker Hill, West Virginia. Nathan, their youngest son, is a pastor in Lusby, Maryland.
Justin serves as Pastor of Student Ministry at Emmanuel Church. He has a passion for reaching out to middle and high school students in some of the most tumultuous, exciting, formative times of their lives, and connecting them to Jesus Christ who will transform them by His love and by His presence. He works with students from the time they graduate from fifth grade to the time they graduate high school, helping them to become fully developing followers of Christ who are already making an impact on the world around them for the Gospel. He also works with the volunteers in the Student Ministry helping to organize and support their ministry as they pour so much of their time and energy into impacting students’ lives.
Justin was born and raised in Jarrettsville, Maryland, where his father, John Manry, has been the pastor of North Harford Baptist Church for over thirty years. He was born again to a living hope through the death and resurrection of Jesus at age seven, and baptized a year later by his dad in that very same church where he grew up.
Justin has been on a journey of faith and answering God’s call ever since. He volunteered with the youth at North Harford after graduating high school and helped start, then interned with, the Baptist Campus Ministry at Towson University – an on-campus Bible study and outreach program designed to draw college students closer to a relationship with the God who created the universe, and share with them the life-giving Good News of Jesus. Justin spent 2017-2020 serving as the Associate Pastor for Children and Youth at Harvest Fields Baptist Church in Pegram, Tennessee, helping create a comprehensive strategy of discipleship for children from birth to high school graduation.
Justin attended and graduated with his Master of Divinity from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, where he built a foundation of biblical knowledge he now passes on to the next generation.
Justin married his wife Rebecca on August 5, 2017. They have been blessed with one beautiful daughter so far, Lydia Hope. They enjoy going on walks, watching football (go Washington Football Team!), and playing games as a family (though Justin and Becca are both very competitive).
Pastor Marc Bartholomew
Celebrate Recovery Pastor
Marc serves as Celebrate Recovery pastor at Emmanuel Church. He shepherds the Celebrate Recovery ministry and the team of leaders and volunteers to a closer relationship with Christ by working the program to its fullest. He has a passion for reaching the hurting and guiding those struggling with life’s hurts, hang-ups, and habits through recovery and ultimately leading them to Jesus Christ. His favorite Celebrate Recovery Principle is principle 7: “Reserve a daily time with God for self-examination, Bible reading, and prayer in order to know God and His will for my life and to gain the power to follow His will.”
Marc grew up in Erie, Pennsylvania, and moved to Maryland straight out of high school where he has resided since. He has been a Master General Motors Auto Technician since 1987. In January 2004, he found healing through the power of Jesus Christ through the Celebrate Recovery ministry and a calling upon his life to serve God. God placed a yearning in his spirit to reach the hurting and unchurched and to lead them to Christ through the hope and grace found in Jesus Christ and the Gospel. Within Christian community and Celebrate Recovery, lives can be changed, and our brokenness can be used by God to help others. God never wastes a hurt, hang-up, or habit if used for His glory to advance the Kingdom.
Marc has played an active role within Celebrate Recovery since 2004 and has served as Maryland state representative for the Celebrate Recovery National Team since 2007. In late 2004, he began the journey bringing Celebrate Recovery to Encounter Christian Center Church located in Charlotte Hall, Maryland. He was the ministry leader for ten years and during that time he became an ordained minister of recovery at Encounter Christian Center. He served on the pastoral staff for six years until he was called to Emmanuel Church in 2015.
He started and volunteered as the lead facilitator of Celebrate Recovery Inside (CRI) within the Charles County, Maryland, Detention Center from 2010–2016. He has led and participated in several 12-step study groups, a self-help study through Celebrate Recovery. He has facilitated, mediated, and overseen crisis interventions helping families and loved ones with a clear plan in leading people to the path of recovery through local and national treatment facilities, in addition to Celebrate Recovery and other local 12-step programs. He introduced Celebrate Recovery in 2008 to the Salvation Army in Capitol Heights, Maryland, working with the pastoral staff and counselors to implement an in-house treatment plan utilizing Celebrate Recovery and the step studies as part of their curriculum. Marc has played a key role in building leadership teams and launching numerous Celebrate Recovery groups within the Southern Maryland area during his seventeen years of ministry. He is currently wrapping up his degree in Ministry Studies through Rockbridge Seminary.
According to Marc, he is “blessed by God in all things”: “I am married to the greatest woman only God could provide. We are so madly in love with each other!” Marc loves his time with his family, especially family dinners together around the dinner table, just like old school. He loves teaching and preaching the Gospel to his peers along with his family. He has a blended family of nine children and two grandchildren. He enjoys hunting, fishing, enjoying life to the fullest, and serving the Lord. He loves playing the drums and uses that gift serving on the Praise and Worship Team here at Emmanuel. Most of all his greatest testimony comes from who he was before Jesus Christ—for his family (especially his children) and friends that knew the broken Marc, to now see how Jesus Christ radically changed him when he confessed Jesus as his Lord and Savior. His life verse is, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8–9 ESV
Janet Allen is a native Marylander who became a new creature in Christ at age 13. Working as a professional musician and communicator for over 25 years, God called Janet to serve as the Worship Ministry Leader at Emmanuel Church in Huntingtown, Maryland, in 2017. She also leads the evangelistic music ministry, All Things New, which she formed over 10 years ago.
In ministering through music, Janet’s goal and joy is to reach people with the Gospel and help believers grow in their faith walk through music that proclaims spiritual truth from God’s Word, reveals Christ, and encourages people to give their praise, adoration, and hearts to Him.
Janet served for nearly 25 years in public relations and communications in the Federal Government before turning her attention fully on music ministry….and family. She is married to a gracious and loving husband, Ralph, and is tremendously blessed to be the mother of two incredible and gifted boys.
The worship team at Emmanuel is truly an amazingly gifted, God-powered, and Gospel-focused pack. Janet feels incredibly blessed to be a part of what God is doing in, around, and through Emmanuel Church, in the music and worship ministry, and beyond! God is on the move, and we are moving with Him!
As part of Emmanuel’s Worship Ministry, Chris is the Lead Audio/Visual [A/V] Technology Engineer. Chris is responsible for providing A/V engineering, live streaming, and A/V technical support for Sunday worship services, mid-week and special services, church events, and community and private events requiring A/V support.
Chris is from Livingston, Louisiana and joined the U.S. Navy in 2002. He is now a retired Chief Petty Officer after 20 years of service and has begun his next journey as a Naval Aviation Readiness Analyst for Booz Allen Hamilton. Chris earned his Bachelor of Business Administration in Applied Computer Science in 2012 and a Master of Science in Technology and Innovation Management in Cybersecurity in January 2021. He and his family has chosen to remain in Southern Maryland.
God became a part of Chris’s life at a young age, in part because his parents included the Church as part of their lives. He was saved at the age of nine, and was baptized soon after at a boat ramp by his Pastor, Terry Lobell. After moving out on his own and joining the military, Chris went a long time without the Lord in his life until Veteran’s Day in 2018 when he re-dedicated his life at the altar at Lake Asbury Baptist Church in Green Cove Springs, Florida.
Chris has always had a servant’s heart – a trait he attributes to his father – which began when he was young setting up sound equipment with his dad. His passion to serve and his ability to utilize technology, partnered with his desire to learn and apply new concepts, makes him a great fit as Emmanuel’s Lead Audio-Visual Technology Engineer.
In his down-time, Chris enjoys working with anything mechanical, including electronics and cars. He also enjoys golfing, cooking, and fixing just about anything made of wood or metal.
Children's Ministry Director
Nancy serves as children’s ministry director at Emmanuel Church. Her goal is to create an environment where children will develop a relationship with Jesus and see His love reflected, while equipping parents to raise their children in God’s Word.
Nancy and her husband, Ty, have four adult children and one child still in school (man plans, God laughs). They have lived in Calvert County since 1998 when Ty’s job moved to PAX River and have been attending Emmanuel since 2009.
Nancy grew up attending church only sporadically but accepted Jesus during a crisis at age thirteen. With no church family to disciple her, she memorized the Twenty-Third Psalm and Lord’s Prayer. After she became a mother, Nancy felt the pull to find a church family.
As a young mother, Nancy served in the nursery. It took being asked three times in two different churches to teach Sunday School before she took that step. She then discovered that she did not need to have all of the answers because God has already provided them and she would learn alongside the children. This ignited a passion for children’s ministry that has lasted over twenty years and still burns strong.
Natasha is in Building Services and is responsible for all maintenance and cleaning of the church facilities. She is also tasked with setting up for special events throughout the year here at Emmanuel.
Natasha is from French Settlement, Louisiana, but has lived all over the South and Northeast due to her husband’s Navy Career. She and Chris have been married for eighteen years and together they have three boys: Anthony, Cameron, and Gabriel.
At the age of twelve at church youth camp she accepted Christ. She drifted away from God until a life event in her family brought her back to church in Lake Asbury, Florida. It was there that she dove into service and made God part of her life again.
In 2019, the Navy brought Natasha and her family to Maryland. They started attending here at Emmanuel, where she jumped right back into serving. She has been serving the church in various ministries which fed her desire to go back to school for ministry. Natasha is working toward her bachelor’s degree for Leadership in Ministry with a minor in Women’s Ministry and will finish school in November 2023.
In her down time, she enjoys spending time with her family and their small zoo of pets. She also enjoys going on long bike rides when the weather is nice.
Phil is Emmanuel's ministry system director. He has been employed as a Computer Specialist at NIH, and East Coast Support Help Desk at IBM. He has also served in the pastoral ministry for over 20 years. He and his beautiful wife, Kara, have four wonderful children who all love and serve Jesus.
In Becca's role as communications director, she helps to promote Emmanuel's ministries and coordinates communications through various channels, including Emmanuel's website, social media, print materials, and CCB.
She grew up in Upstate New York and studied communications at Syracuse University, where she was heavily involved with the Baptist Campus Ministry. After college she lived in Nashville, Tennessee, for more than ten years, working in marketing and live sound within the music industry and serving in her local church. Most recently she served as communications specialist for the SBC Executive Committee for eight years before moving to Maryland.
Becca is married to Justin and they have a beautiful daughter, Lydia.
Anita is Emmanuel’s Business Manager. Anita is responsible for managing a multitude of administrative and finance duties. She served on staff at her former church from 2005-2012, and joined Emmanuel’s Staff in September of 2014.
God has always placed Anita in positions to serve the public through administrative office work. Her two strongest spiritual gifts are helping and giving, and she has remarkable administrative and organizational skills.
Anita completed the business track at Bladensburg High School. Just prior to graduating in 1984, she was hired as a full-time secretary for a funeral home where she was employed for nine years. She then spent the next 14 years as a stay-at-home-mom, and has since served on staff at two churches.
Anita has served in many areas in the local church over the years, including Sunday School Teacher/Superintendent, Vacation Bible School teacher/coordinator, Youth Group Leader, Women’s Ministry Leader and a Celebrate Recovery Leader. She is currently serving with the Praise & Worship Team.
Anita’s most noteworthy accomplishment is being a wife to her husband, Jeff, and the mother of their three amazing sons, Jeff, Andrew and John, and mother-in-law to her beautiful daughter-in-laws, Angela and Rachel. She is also a proud grandmother!
Anita’s favorite pastimes are sitting in the sun reading, taking her two Labs, Samson and Charlie, to the river to swim, and date-nights with her hubby.