Our Team

Pastoral 

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Cary Schmidt

Senior Pastor

Cary has served in full-time pastoral ministry for over 30 years, has authored thirteen books, and has served as Senior Pastor at Emmanuel since 2012. He and his wife, Dana, have enjoyed 29 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

Assistant Pastor
Outreach & Groups

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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 13 years, and they have been blessed with three children—Titus, Micah, and Alana. Derrick provides oversight of our follow-up ministry and groups. 

Lance Schmidt

Assistant Pastor
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 eight years and are blessed with twins—Chad and Charleigh. Lance leads the worship ministry and the media ministry of Emmanuel.

Steven Montepeque

Assistant Pastor
Discipleship, 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 15 years and have five children—Emily, Steven, Ella, Samuel, and Silas. Steven leads the care ministries, discipleship and also directs the College and Career, Seniors, and Missions ministries of Emmanuel.

Jon Riopel

Assistant Pastor
Administrator of ECA

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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 14 years, and have been blessed with twins—James and Isabella. Jon serves as the Administrator of Emmanuel Christian Academy and facilitates financial oversight of the church and school ministries.

SHERWIN SANTIAGO

Assistant Pastor
Family Ministries (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 security and facility teams.

KEITH BIRDSONG

Assistant Pastoral Intern
First Impressions

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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 first impressions ministries of Emmanuel as well as teaches Bible at Emmanuel Christian Academy.

Our Team

Staff 

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Ashlee Dickerson

Pastor’s Assistant

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Brent Burhoe

Media & Technical Ministry

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MELISSA SANTIAGO

Membership Secretary

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CHRISTINE BENNETT

Office Administrator

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CAMRYN TYLER

Office Assistant

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BRITTANY DICKERSON

Media and Music Assistant

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Join us

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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