Our Legacy

Emmanuel Free Will Baptist Church was officially organized July 24,1966. Emmanuel was organized for religious, charitable and educational purposes. The people met in homes and in the Bible Class Building beside the Southwood Elementary School, then at the Indiana State Rd 124 Church Building, until a building site was found and construction completed in July of 1970 at the corner of State Road 15 and Union Chapel Road, 2 miles south of Wabash, Indiana. The original building was purchased from the Wesleyan Methodist Church of Red Bridge and moved piece by piece to its new location.
 The organizational service on July 24, 1966, opened by the congregational singing At Calvary” and opening prayer was offered by Brother Harrison Petitt.  The Bible was presented to the church as the rule, faith and practice by Reverend Harold Sheilds.  Reverend Charlie Nelson then read the church covenant and the right hand of fellowship was given to the members of the church by the Wabash Valley Association of Free Will Baptist of Indiana. 
 The church reorganized and incorporated on June 14, 1976 by hiring its first full time pastor and changing its name to Emmanuel Baptist Church.  Affiliation with the Free Will Baptist denomination was discontinued at this time.  Improvements, including a baptistery and basement classroom partitions, were made in 1977.  In September of 1979, a Sunday School wing was added with new restrooms and office space.  The auditorium was also expanded at this time and more land was purchased.  All work was done by the church members.
 In January of 1981 the church reunited with the Free Will Baptist denomination. In August 1982, Emmanuel Christian School was opened.  Growing pains were beginning again at this time, and the addition of a new auditorium, larger lobby, restrooms, classrooms, and office space were considered.  This project was begun by a general contractor in 1982 and completed by church members in 1983. New property on State Road 13 (129 Southwood Drive) was purchased ($155,000) to build a new church that would include more space for ministry.  Pastor Phillips led a Ground Breaking Service on the new property on July 11, 1999.  The church went back to building again when they were called upon to do everything they could do for this new building.  The Head Trustee, Brother Larry Hughes, organized the efforts and accomplished much as the men and women, young and old, worked together.  The first service was January 6, 2002 in the new building located at 129 Southwood Dr.  The A-Team Choir sang together that first service as Pastor Phillips preached on the “Prayer of Jabez”.  Total cost for the new building was $911,522.54.  On January 19, 2003 the church voted (unanimously)  to continue plans for Phase II ( traditional  sanctuary and classrooms) of our Building Program.  We once again Pastor Phillips led in a ground breaking service for the New Sanctuary. The Building begun going up in the Fall of 2010.  The all-time record attendance in a service occurred in this building (Gymitorium)  of 807 precious souls being together in the Lord’s House.  The church started in the summer of 1978 keeping Baptismal Records on all who were baptized here at the church.  From that time until today, the church has baptized by immersion over 1,000 individuals in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.