Rick serves as Lead Pastor of Emmanuel Church. He has the joy of assisting the leadership teams in both Envisionl 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 builiding 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 45 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, an Associate Pastor, his wife Jamie, and their children, Caroline and Isaac, live in Inwood, West Virginia. Nathan, their youngest son, is a campus minister and Professor of Religion at St. Mary's College of Maryland in St. Mary's City.
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!
FAMILY MINISTRY DIRECTORS
Matthew is Emmanuel's Embark Student Ministry Director. From 2013-2018, he served in various capacities with the High School Team, mostly notably as part of the Sunday teaching rotation. He assumed leadership of Embark in June, 2018, and joined the staff as Student Ministry Director in June, 2019.
Matthew stopped going to church and having a relationship with God during his teen and young adult years. He honestly admits that he made a lot of mistakes and cultivated harmful habits during that nine year time period. But God had other plans for his life.
At the age of 23, Matthew finally surrendered his life fully to Jesus. As he sought after God, he was gradually changed. For the next few years, Matthew continually received an unmistakable prompting by the Holy Spirit to become involved with student ministry.
Around 2013, Matthew began the journey into student ministry leadership. His reason? Simply put, to help teens discover the value and importance of having God at the forefront of their lives. Matthew also desires to be candid about his own past mistakes and regrets, which were the result of choosing to walk away from the Lord. Matthew's passion and purpose is to share the goodness and graciousness of God with young men and women.
You may have seen Matthew around the Emmanuel campus, but what you may not know is that God healed him of Lymphoma cancer in November of 2012. When the time was exactly right, the Lord brought Jen into his life, and they were married in 2016. Their first child, Nora, was born in February of 2018.
Matthew is a huge nutrition and healthy-eating buff. He's also a devoted Washington Redskins fan (try not let that change your opinion about him, Dallas fans), and he greatly enjoys getting outside and delighting in the natural beauty of God's has creation.
Brayclyn serves as Emmanuel’s Family Ministry Assistant, working alongside our Children’s and Student Ministries, and leading our College/20-Somethings group. She is also tasked with leading Emmanuel’s summer interns.
Brayclyn began a personal relationship with Christ in August of 2015, and was baptized four months later. She began writing a Christian blog in 2016 [braydking.blog], and led a Connection Group beginning in the Fall of 2018.
Brayclyn is going into her junior year at Liberty University online. She is majoring in Biblical and Theological Studies, and minoring in Business. She has also taken numerous ministry and faith classes, and has learned a great deal through personal Bible study and lifelong church attendance.
God has given Brayclyn a unique calling to pursue only Him. By means of her gifts of evangelism and exhortation, her desire is to glorify and make known His name by leading others to seek a new life in Christ. Her greatest passion is Jesus and encouraging others to develop a relationship with Him, come to know there is a fulfilled life through Him, and find freedom and satisfaction living for Him.
Brayclyn loves sunflowers and sunsets. She is very family-oriented person, a prolific blogger, and is committed to personal journaling. Her life verse is Psalm 46:10, which states, “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”
Phil is Emmanuel's Data & Records Administrator. 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.
Jenna is Emmanuel's Digital Media Specialist. She is responsible for graphic design [flyers, banners, etc.], developing and managing Emmanuel’s website and Social Media presence, Emmanuel Insights weekly newsletter, and Ministry FOCUS campaigns.
Jenna has served in various ministries for over 25 years. In 2008, she accidentally discovered a love for web and graphic design when she needed a website for her Bed & Breakfast. The following year, she rediscovered a love of writing that began in early childhood when one of her B&B guests suggested she write a blog. Blogging provided the perfect union of graphic design and writing, and she was hooked!
Jenna retired from inn-keeping in 2015, but continued pursuing writing and graphic design, offering her services to local non-profit organizations and small businesses. Although she is self-taught and has no formal training, she has a natural bent and passion for design.
When Jenna is not fixated on her computer screen, she enjoys interior design, photography, gardening, reading, and studying Scripture. Her favorite pastime is sitting on the porch swing with her Sweetheart [her husband Bob], and Sir Winston [their dog]. Jenna and Bob have been married for more than three decades, and are the proud parents of two remarkable grown sons, two beautiful daughters-in-law, and two amazing grandsons!
Administrative Assistant & Business Manager
Anita is Emmanuel’s Administrative Assistant. 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. Anita is also the loving mother-in-law to her beautiful daughter-in-law, Rachel.
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.
Building & Grounds Maintenance Manger
As Emmanuel's Building & Grounds Maintenance Manager, Jim is responsible for the maintenance and cleaning of the church facilities and campus, and for coordinating any related events and activities, such as Campus Clean-up and snow removal. He is also tasked with supply inventory and procurement. Jim has also been known to provide catering services for various Emmanuel events!
Jim began in his field of ministry in 1995 and has been faithfully serving since. He claims that he originally got started in home-improvement work because he was hungry and wanted to eat! He started his own business and acquired his home-improvement license. His strong desire to help others led him to apply his skills to ministry.
In spite of prospering in his chosen profession, Jim says that his greatest accomplishment is his successful marriage to his wife, Kristie. He also takes pride in having put both of his daughters through college.
When he's not working or serving, Jim loves to hit the great outdoors for a little hunting and fishing. He also enjoys long walks in the woods and cooking. He used to love reading - until he, as he says, "went blind" [started wearing glasses].