Our History

On February 7th, 1894, forty six charter members met under the direction of Rev. Carl Roth in order to found Immanuel Baptist Church.

Immanuel was founded as a mission outreach of the First German Baptist Church to further reach and minister to the growing German-speaking population of New York City.  Immanuel was incorporated on April 15th, 1897 and became self-supporting in April of 1902.

For nearly fifty years Immanuel directed its ministry almost exclusively towards the German-speaking community. During the 1940's, however, its ministry began to expand, beginning with an English Sunday Evening Service in 1942, and the regular German services were discontinued in 1980.  A Hispanic Bible class was first established in 1983, and we have had ethnic ministries ever since.

Immanuel has become a gathering place for individuals of all nationalities. Today the congregation truly reflects the demographics of the neighborhood with a variety of cultures and languages spoken. No matter what your background, our church feels like home.

Our church was founded with the express purpose "to focus in on knowing Christ and making Him known" in accordance with the Great Commission of Matthew 28:18-20

Our Vision/Mission

 

We see people gathering together from different backgrounds worshiping God as one body. People are moving from unbelief to core spiritual leaders through intentional discipleship, small groups, service, and church planting. We reflect the love of God through serving the community and our world.

Our Aim is to reach the world with the gospel of Jesus Christ beginning with our international community of Queens.

Our Values

The Word of God

We believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God, complete as the revelation of God's will for salvation, and the final authority in all matters to which they speak. Therefore we will write the scriptures on our hearts and live them out to the world.

God

We believe in one Almighty God, the Creator who exists as three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in perfect harmony. Therefore we will cultivate real loving relationships to reflect His glory.

God the Father

We believe that God the Sovereign Father is the promise-keeper who lovingly revealed Himself in various ways to mankind. Therefore we will love and worship Him with trust and obedience.

Jesus Christ

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is our only Savior and head of the church. Therefore we will serve others and make Him known.

The Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit is our Counselor who resides in every believer manifesting Himself through the provision of gifts for service and power to live godly lives. Therefore we will rely on Him to encourage each other in love and good deeds.

The Church

We believe that the church is the redeemed body of Christ united and commissioned to disciple the nations with each member doing their part. Therefore we will faithfully gather to equip and support each other to reach the world for Christ.

Worship

We believe that worship exalts God in spirit and in truth as a holistic way of life. Therefore we will honor God in everything we do.

Humanity

We believe God created humanity for His glory with the highest value to manage His creation. Therefore we promote life, build relationships, and care for the earth.

The Gospel

We believe all are born sinners and separated from God but for His grace through Christ's historical death and resurrection are saved by faith alone. Therefore we celebrate and share this good news.

Prayer

We believe prayer in Jesus' name provides an intimate love relationship with God and the power to accomplish His will. Therefore we regularly engage God through personal and group prayer.

Our Affiliations

Mission Northeast
Our regional affiliation with local churches

CB America
Our national affiliation with regions of churches

Missions Door
Our Mission to North America

World Venture
Our Mission to the World

Delta Ministries International
Our short term mission trips

Samaritan's Purse
Our giving towards world disasters

Compassion International                                                                                                                                                                                              Our members supporting children

WCA Global Leadership Summit                                                                                                                                                                                    Our annual leadership training

Lineage of Senior Pastors

Rev. Carl Roth                                   1894 - 1899

Rev. H. Rexroth                                  1899 - 1901

Rev. H. Pastoret                                 1902 - 1909

Rev. F. Knorr                                      1910 - 1918

Rev. Carl Roth                                    1918 - 1921

Rev. Fred W. Becker                          1921 - 1934

Dr. Herbert Gezork                            1934 - 1935

Rev. Herman Kaaz (Interim)              1935 - 1936

Rev. John G. Draewell (Interim)        1935 - 1936

Rev. John E. Grypo                            1936 - 1947

Rev. Assaf Husmann                          1947 - 1965

Dr. Herbert Hiller                               1965 - 1971

Rev. H. Peter Ristau                           1971 - 1972

Rev. John Reimer (Interim)               1972 - 1974 

Rev. Ulrich Laser                                1973 - 1980

Dr. Heinz Rossol                                 1981 - 1990

Rev. R.I. Thompson (Interim)             1991 - 1991

Rev. William V. Malick                        1991 - 1997

Rev. Donald Brushweiler (Interim)    1998 - 1999

Dr. Gilbert D. Vitaliz                           1999 - 2014

Rev. Edens Kebreau                           2015 - Present