Immanuel Baptist Church was started in 1960 by a group of men and their families who desired to have a church that stood for and preached the Bible. Pastor Everett McCulley led the first service with nineteen charter members.
In 1963, the first building was constructed. The following year, Lloyd Camp accepted the call to pastor the church, which at that time had twenty-nine members. The Lord blessed the leadership of Pastor Camp, as the church began to grow both spiritually and in number. New Sunday School rooms were added to the building in 1966, a new church auditorium was constructed in 1970, and property was purchased on Douthat Road for a Christian School, which is the site of our current church building. In 1984, after twenty years of serving in Clifton Forge, Pastor Camp was called of God to move to Anchorage, Alaska.
The Lord continued to bless Immanuel Baptist Church under the
following pastors. Walt Schmidt pastored from 1984 to 1988, followed by Andy Nash, who pastored until 1995, followed by Robert Harness, who remained until 1997. Pastor Bill Dillon pastored the church for the next fourteen years, selling the old property on Longdale Furnace Road, and leading in the five-year construction of the beautifulfacility in which we currently meet. In 2011, the Lord called Pastor Dillon to North Carolina to teach in a Bible College and pastor a local church there.
In November 2011, Pastor John Godfrey, Jr. accepted the pastorate of Immanuel Baptist Church. We are excited to see how the Lord will continue to bless our church family as we grow under his leadership.
To read more about our pastoral staff, click here.