Ryan was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and grew up all over western Canada. Throughout his teen years he pursued political causes to make him feel righteous and then drugs and sex to make him feel happy. Thankfully, when he was 21 he found his righteousness was a joke and his happiness had turned sour. Through the simple and intelligent witness of his step-mom he came to trust Jesus Christ late in the evening just before Good Friday in 1995. Shortly after his conversion he studied at Prairie Bible College in Three Hills Alberta, and then at Tyndale College in Toronto, Ontario. In Toronto, Ryan worked in an inner city church under the leadership of Dr. Stephen Beck. He also met the lovely Christy Joy Teal who became Christy Joy Fullerton shortly after their graduation from college. The next eight years were a whirlwind and included drilling for oil, pastoring a church in a town with a population of 311, having four children (Jordana, Luke, James, and Christopher), starting seminary, stopping seminary, and becoming (somewhere in there) the Lead Pastor of Immanuel.
Pastor Jeff King came to Louisville from Florida. Chomp Chomp. Married to Christy who is his greatest joy in this life, Jeff serves as Immanuel’s Lead Community Discipleship Pastor and primarily oversees the Gospel Community Groups of Immanuel as well as our intensive counseling efforts. Jeff and Christy have two wonderful daughters, Alexis and Rachel who both follow their dad’s footsteps by running cross country.
Donnie has a hard time answering the question, “where are you from?” He was born in North Carolina, but at eight weeks old his family moved to Germany where his parents were missionaries. At twelve, they moved to Lakeland, Florida. He eventually married Becca (after many years of working up the courage to ask her out) and moved to Minneapolis where his two kids (Tripp and Scout) were born. Donnie loves reading great stories. Look no further than his daughter’s name to guess his favorite. He also loves Immanuel and is excited to continue serving this diverse body.
Ward and his family migrated north from the Louisiana Delta. Ward and his wife Heather have three children, Baylee, Lydia, and Isaac. Ward leads Immanuel’s youth ministry and serves regularly on Sunday mornings as a part of the worship band. Ward drives a Nissan truck, sports a beard, and practices his duck calling skills during Elder and Deacon retreats. Ward serves as Immanuel’s Community Discipleship Pastor and helps raise up and coach Gospel Community Group leaders as well as leads our Youth and Men’s ministry.
Andy and his wife have been members at Immanuel for over a decade and have been instrumental in seeing the Gospel go forth to the nations. As Immanuel’s Global Missions Pastor, Andy is responsible for overseeing the care of our international and national workers as well as sending more men and women overseas with the good news of Jesus.
Evan was born in raised in Louisville and is proud to be a part of the small (but growing!) population of locals at Immanuel. He attended and graduated from the University of Louisville, where the Lord saved him during his senior year. He serves as a leader in the Immanuel youth group and is also leading Immanuel’s college ministry at U of L. Evan loves playing basketball (and most other sports, really), reading, and playing dominoes. He’s also an avid tea drinker and would love to chat with you about the finer points of both theology and tea.
Jay Haynes works in Louisville’s most prominent coffee shops: Sunergos Coffee. Raised in Alabama but with a desire to eventually church plant in Hawaii, Jay is married to Melissa and together they have two boys, Micah and Judah. Jay has some interesting hobbies which include slacklining and spear fishing. He has not been able to enjoy a spear fishing adventure while living in Kentucky since in the Ohio River you can’t see your hand in front of your face. Jay is in the process of planting Waiehu Community Church on Maui, Hawai’i, with Pastor Rocky Komatsu from Immanuel’s sister church, Kailua Baptist. Find out more at http://waiehuchurch.org
Women’s Ministry Director
Mike and Patti Withers have been a profound influence at Immanuel. They have both exercised their gifts for ministry in many different ways and are widely trusted and looked to as ‘parents’ by many younger couples. The Withers are proud Texans and Patti totes a “don’t mess with Texas” coffee mug around the offices. Patti has filled many roles at Immanuel and is currently serving as our Women’s Ministry Director, where she oversees discipleship structures for women and equipping future women leaders.
Worship Music Director
Benjamin Brainard serves Immanuel by leading our Worship Music ministry. Benjamin is married to Amanda and they have three daughters, Eleanor, Scarlett, and Juliette. Benjamin studied music and holds a Bachelors degree in Music Education from Western Kentucky University. While his primary desire is to lead engaging worship and equip the saints for the work of ministry, Benjamin also enjoys carpentry work and spending any kind of time with his family. You can listen to some of Benjamin’s music on his website: www.benjaminbrainard.com.
Receptionist & Assistant to the Lead Pastor
Nicole came to Immanuel from the beautiful islands of Hawaii, where she lived before moving to Louisville to attend Boyce College. She is an avid book-lover, will stop to pet any and every dog in sight, and proudly sings Christmas songs all year round. With an attention to detail and penchant for organization, Nicole serves Immanuel as the front office administrator and assistant to Pastor Ryan.
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Immanuel Kids Director (Cindy)
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Immanuel Kids Director (Cindy)
Assistant to the Executive Pastor (Bill)
Cindy and Bill moved to Louisville from Bowling Green, KY, in the Fall of 2014. Before coming to Louisville, Cindy taught preschool and early elementary for 10 years and was the children’s ministry director at their church for 9 years. Bill taught high school for 6 years and then worked 30 years for General Motors in manufacturing. They have 3 grown daughters, who are married and have blessed them with 8 grandchildren. They desire to serve Immanuel children & families and help equip the next generation of believers for a lifetime of ministry & service.
Courtney and her husband Nick are proud Canadians (eh?) who moved to Louisville at the start of 2016 so that Nick could attend Southern Seminary. Courtney earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance & Administration from The University of Western Ontario, and loves being able to use her gifts and volunteer her time here at Immanuel as the bookkeeper & all things finance go-to-gal. In her spare time, Courtney loves to go on coffee dates with her husband, hone her cooking skills, and open her home to old and new friends alike.
Josh and his wife, Kelly, come from the lake towns of big & beautiful Wisconsin. Together they have two daughters, Cadence and Leah. In his free time, Josh loves being with his family and usually has photography, coffee, or chess on the brain. He oversees all aspects of Immanuel’s communication, including the website, printed materials, signs, and app content. Josh also gratefully serves alongside Immanuel’s deacons to extend mercy and help to those in need.
Immanuel Kids Ministry Assistant
Hayley Krahwinkel is a born ‘n’ bred Louisville native. Together with her husband Eric, she enjoys serving in various capacities around the church, including the Immanuel Kids ministry and Welcome Team. She also loves coordinating weddings and has an undying affection for the arts of painting and drawing. Hayley serves the ImmanuelKids ministry by coordinating volunteers and various administrative tasks.