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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 regional affiliation with local churches
Our national affiliation with regions of churches
Our Mission to North America
Our Mission to the World
Delta Ministries International
Our short term mission trips
Our giving towards world disasters
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