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).
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 a Chief Petty Officer serving at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. He is an Aviation Structural Mechanic by trade but has always had a skill and urge to learn how to fix things, and strives to learn more. The Navy has taken his wife, Natasha, and three boys, Anthony, Cameron, and Gabriel, across the country including Texas, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, Florida, and now Maryland. Chris has served throughout the U.S. and has traveled around the world to Bahrain, Japan, Italy, and numerous other short visits to many nations. Chris earned his Bachelor of Business Administration in Applied Computer Science in 2012 and will soon complete his Master of Science in Technology and Innovation Management in Cybersecurity in January 2021. He plans to retire after 20 years of service in June of 2022 and 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.
Tamara holds a Masters of Education/Early Childhood and is passionate about impacting children’s lives through teaching. As a former teacher, she considers herself a life-long learner and enjoys enriching others’ educational experiences. Her focus is to be more like Jesus, loving through teaching and wisdom. Building a relationship with Jesus is paramount in all her endeavors. Tamara is a daughter, sister, wife, mother to one amazing human [Collin], and a grandmother. She loves reading, weeding her flower beds, and anything coffee-related.
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.
Administrative Assistant & Business Manager
Anita is Emmanuel’s Administrative Assistant & Business Manager. Anita is responsible for managing reception in the Emmanuel office as well as handling 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, and Women’s Ministry Leader. She is currently serving as a part of the Celebrate Recovery Leadership Team at Emmanuel.
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-law, Rachel. She is also a proud grandmother!
Anita’s favorite pastimes are sitting in the sun reading, taking her two Labs, Jake and Sam, to the river, and date-nights with her hubby.