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