Who we are, where we come from, and the direction we're headed as a church family
Here's the deal, Emmanuel Baptist Church cares about one thing more than anything else, Jesus Christ. EBC is a family of individuals that have found hope in Jesus, and simply want as many people as possible to experience that exact same freedom.
Emmanuel Baptist Church of Xenia, Ohio started in the 1930’s as a mission with street meetings being held in Xenia and out-lying villages. Called the Lake Street Mission Church, it had 14 charter members under Pastor S. Andrew Hutchison (1939-1950). In the 1940’s the name was changed to Lake Street Baptist Church, then incorporated in 1947 as Emmanuel Baptist Church. Due to increased attendance, in 1959 the church moved from Lake Street to its present site on South Detroit Street, a move of a few blocks. Due to church growth and the desire to start a Christian school (Xenia Christian School/ Legacy Christian Academy, now independent and at a new location), the educational wing was built in 1967.Then in the early 2000’s plans were made to expand the church physical plant with the addition a of multi-purpose auditorium and ministry center, which opened in 2006.
Throughout all of the moves and changes Emmanuel’s mission has remained the same “to honor God and love people” in everything we do.
What's the bottom line? More than ever, EBC is committed to fostering a family built around Jesus Christ. Hope for the future. Hope for better. Hope for progress. Hope in Jesus. And as we move forward as a church family, inclusion and belonging remain at the center of who we are as followers of Christ.
What does this mean for you? Most importantly, you're always welcome at Emmanuel Baptist Church. We're saving a seat for you. Wherever you're at in your faith journey, you'll always be accepted as part of the EBC family.
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