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.
Ben is a country boy at heart. Raised in Kansas loving the ‘amber waves of grain’, Ben came to Kentucky and stayed because of his wonderful wife Sarah whose family has been in Kentucky since 1790. Ben and Sarah have six children, (Karis, Frank, Daniel, Benjamin, Ruby, and Boaz), a big garden, and a chocolate Labrador retriever. Ben works with Launch Property Management which is a Louisville based impact real estate company.
Doug was raised in and around Louisville and hasn’t strayed far from his Kentucky origins. As a teenager he longed for peace and found it in the One who is Himself the giver of true peace (John 16:33). He has worked for four decades as an architectural designer, and for the last 30 years served simultaneously as a pastor, first in countryside churches in nearby Bullitt and Shelby Counties, and now in our urban setting. In 2007 Doug and his wife, Joy, came downtown to experience great grace and joy with the people called by Immanuel’s name. With children and grandchildren nearby, they have much to be thankful for.
Dominic and his wife Rebecca have two children they adopted from Ethiopia, Levi and Sophia. Dominic leads at a local financial technology company geared towards financial institutions. He is constantly helping people think about how to use their gifts and skills for the Lord. Dom proudly hails from Texas, hopelessly pulls for Houston sports teams, and fervently longs for someone in Louisville to make good BBQ and Mexican food.
Tom and Robyn married in 1995 and have three daughters: Brooklyn, Kylie, and Jadyn. Tom has been in full-time vocational ministry since 1997. They provide biblical counseling and mentoring to pastors, missionaries, and seminary students through the ministry they founded called The Center for Biblical Living (www.cbl.org). They are thankful for how the Lord has grown each of them closer in fellowship with the Lord and the body of Christ at Immanuel since they became members in 2015. Tom became a pastor in 2017. The Scotts enjoy biking, watching movies, and playing games together and with friends.
Born and raised in Northern Ireland, Jonny Atkinson enjoys a “proper” cup of tea, beans with his breakfast, and Mars bar sandwiches. He is married to Janaye, they have six children and, therefore, a very very quiet home, always. Having worked with indigenous ministries in the MENA region for over four years, Jonny is now the Communications Director for the Immanuel Network and Pastor of Adult Discipleship.
Pastor Jones was born and raised in a town in the North West Region of Cameroon in Africa, and God gave him new life when he was teenager through the preaching of a missionary. He’s married to the love of his life, Nicoline, and together they have three boys, Nethanel, Mishael, and Eliezer. The Lord has gifted Jones in preaching and shepherding the saints, and he’s excited to help Immanuel grow up into maturity in Christ. In his free time, he’s usually got his nose buried in a book.
Jay became an elder in June of 2017. He grew up in the hills of Northeast Alabama, but he relocated to Louisville with his local Louisville wife, Amy. Jay and Amy have three children: Anna, Judson, and Benjamin. Jay teaches ESL to international students and trains future teachers as well. If he had free time, it would be spent outdoors hiking with the family or hunting. Fun fact: It was only after joining they learned that Amy’s grandma had been baptized at Immanuel when she was a girl!
Matthew is a true Renaissance man: coffee shop owner, outdoor adventurer, purveyor of eclectic goods, compassionate people-person, loving father & husband—and now, caring pastor. Matthew and his wife, Aleasha, have three daughters, and they’ve all been dearly loved Immanuel members for a while now. Matthew serves Immanuel by overseeing a number of Gospel Community Groups and bringing his “nothing is impossible” wit to the elder board.
Jeremy was born and raised in a beach town in southern Massachusetts. After being trained as an electrician he moved to Louisville in order to join Immanuel Baptist Church. Where he met his lovely wife Anna and together they have 6 children. Currently, Jeremy is studying at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and working as an Electrician. You can often find him reading a good theology book, drinking coffee with his wife, or playing Nerf guns with his kids. He is grateful to serve the saints at Immanuel as one of the pastors.
James and his wife India are originally from Detroit, Michigan. They were married in 2008 and have four children: Zion, little James, Jude, and Trinity. James and his family moved to Louisville from the Motor City in 2012 and joined Immanuel shortly afterward. James enjoys spending quality time with his wife and children, especially date nights with India. In addition to serving as a pastor at Immanuel, James also works in the auto industry. When he has free time, he loves to root for his hometown Detroit sports teams, enjoy good coffee, and read good books.