Our Team

Pastoral 

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Cary Schmidt

Senior Pastor

Cary has served in full-time pastoral ministry for over thirty years, has authored thirteen books, and has served as Senior Pastor at Emmanuel since 2012. He and his wife, Dana, have enjoyed over thirty years of marriage and ministry together, and have enjoyed raising three children—Lance, Larry, and Haylee. The Schmidts are passionate about introducing lost hearts to Jesus and discipling new believers in a healthy church.

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Derrick
Williams

Groups & Counseling

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Derrick joined the pastoral team at Emmanuel in March of 2013, after serving for five years in local church ministry. He and his wife, Darci, have been married for 14 years, and they have been blessed with three children—Titus, Micah, and Alana. Derrick provides oversight of our follow-up ministry, groups and counseling.

Lance
Schmidt

Worship & Creative Media

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Lance joined the pastoral team at Emmanuel in January of 2013. He and his wife, Hillarie, have been married for nine years and are blessed with twins—Chad and Charleigh. Lance leads the worship ministry and the media ministry of Emmanuel.

Steven
Montepeque

Missions, Care & Young Adults

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Steven joined the pastoral team at Emmanuel in 2014, after serving for ten years in Georgia. He and his wife, Amanda, have been married for 16 years and have five children—Emily, Steven, Ella, Samuel, and Silas. Steven leads the care ministries, discipleship and also directs the Young Adults and Missions ministries of Emmanuel.

Jon
Riopel

ECA Administrator

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Jon joined the Emmanuel team in August of 2010, after completing his graduate work. He and his wife, Laura, have been married for 15 years, and have been blessed with twins—James and Isabella. Jon serves as the Administrator of Emmanuel Christian Academy.

SHERWIN
SANTIAGO

Next Generation 
(Kids & Teens)

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Sherwin joined Emmanuel’s pastoral team in July of 2015. He and his wife, Melissa, have been married for 17 years and have been blessed with four children—Dominic, Charlie, Zoey, and Isabelle. Sherwin leads the family ministries of Emmanuel as well as oversees the facility teams.

KEITH
BIRDSONG

Hospitality Teams & Seniors

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Keith joined Emmanuel’s pastoral team in August of 2021. He and his wife, Sonia, have been married for 9 years and have been blessed with four children—Karson, Elliot, Adelaide, and Felicity. Keith leads the hospitality teams and seniors ministries of Emmanuel as well as leads chapel at Emmanuel Christian Academy.

Administrative 

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PAUL
TIERNEY

Ministry Administrator

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Paul joined the leadership team at Emmanuel in March of 2022. He and his wife, Sherry, have been married for 37 years and have been blessed with two children— a son, Peter, and his wife Amanda, and a daughter, Anna. They also have two wonderful grandchildren, Caroline and Beau. Paul serves as the Ministry Administrator for the Emmanuel ministries.

JASON
SACCENTE

Assistant ECA Administrator

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Jason joined the Emmanuel Christian Academy leadership team in January of 2022. He and his wife, Rebecca, have two girls— Gabriella and Mika. After retiring from the Town of Newington Police Department, Jason serves as the assistant administrator of ECA.

Brent
Burhoe

Media & Technical Director

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Brent joined the team at Emmanuel in 2013 first as a volunteer running sound and then later joined the staff team in 2017.  He and his wife, Camryn, love serving at Emmanuel where Brent oversees the sound and live-streaming as well the websites, podcasts, video production, and technical infrastructure of the church and school ministries. 

Our Team

Staff 

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CHRISTINE BENNETT

Office Administrator

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CAMRYN Burhoe

Office Assistant

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Ashlee Dickerson

Pastor’s Assistant

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BRITTANY DICKERSON

Media & Music Assistant

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Courtney Keay

Office Assistant

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MELISSA SANTIAGO

Database Manager

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SUNDAYS

9:00am & 10:30am Worship Services

9:30am & 10:30am Groups

*Nursery and EBC Kids are available during all services & groups!

Wednesdays

7:00pm Groups, EBC Kids, Teens

Address

Emmanuel Baptist Church
296 New Britain Ave.
Newington, CT 06111

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