To obey

The Great Commandment (Matthew 22:37-40) and

The Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20)

by bringing people to faith in Jesus Christ,

Encouraging them toward Christ like maturity

And equipping them for ministry through

the local church in order to glorify God.

2018 Church Theme: "Simply Jesus"



Led by God!

Reverend Damian E. Thompson is the pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church, where he has served for 10 years. After accepting his call to the ministry at the age of 18, he served as the Assistant to the State Bishop of Mississippi in the Full Gospel Baptist Fellowship. He is the youngest son of Eugene and Emily Thompson of Hattiesburg, MS.

He attended college at Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA. While in school, he played the position of center on the football team. He and his teammates secured three SWAT Championships for the Jaguars. Despite his busy schedule of juggling his class load and football schedule, Rev. Thompson still found the time to establish a full range of campus ministries, including a weekly bible study, revivals, men’s conferences, and a Gospel explosion. Upon graduation with a mathematics degree from Southern University, he received employment at IBM global services and relocated to Lexington, KY. There, he met and married the former Jami Holloway. Together, they have three daughters: Brianna, Reagan, and Madison.

Rev. Thompson served as an associate minister for six years at Consolidated Baptist Church in Lexington, KY under the pastoral leadership of Rev. Richard Gaines. While at Consolidated, Rev. Thompson served as branch leader of Family Life Ministries as well as teacher of various discipleship training classes. Prior to his service at Consolidated, he was the assistant to the Pastor at House of the Lord Full Gospel Baptist Church in Hattiesburg, MS under the leadership of Bishop H.E. Williams.

Rev. Thompson was called as pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church in September 2006. He has a great love for people, preaching the Word, and teaching. He regularly teaches several workshops and conferences, including the "I’m the Man" Conferences held annually in Kentucky and North Carolina. Under his leadership at Emmanuel, he has revitalized and established vital ministries with a renewed focus of ministry, worship discipleship, evangelism, and fellowship for the clear purpose of spiritually transforming lives to grow in Jesus and to be rooted in His Word.



"God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble" Psalm 46

These are difficult times. Uncertainties, doubt, even panic are natural reactions to challenges like these due to the Coronavirus, COVID-19. This situation is totally new for us, but not for God, who is still in control.

We understand that this pandemic has changed our daily life as we know it and not being able to worship and fellowship can be frustrating to some. Therefore, we're asking that each of you connect with a prayer partner and pray for our nation, our leaders, our community and our church family during these difficult times.

We have taken precautions at Emmanuel in order to provide a healthy and clean environment for our members during the Coronavirus outbreak. These precautions include cancelling all activities at Emmanuel until further notice. We have also disinfected all surfaces that are used by members on a regular basis and will do so again once worship and services resume. However, it is still not a safe situation for us to have worship in person.

We want to encourage each of you to be faithful in giving your tithes and offerings during this time. Please keep in mind that the church financial responsibilities continue and we need to be ready and in position to pay our financial obligations. As we go through possibly the next several weeks of the doors being closed to protect our membership, there are several options to continue your financial support of the church.

Options are as follows:

  • Mail - 3815 West Broadway, Louisville, KY 40214
  • Drop off at Church - mail slot near the back door
  • Electronic Transfer - Direct from your Financial Institution
  • PayPal -
  • Cash App - $EmmanuelBaptist
  • Venmo - @Emmanuel-BaptistChurch

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“Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.”
– Philippians 2:3
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"Jesus answered, 'I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.'"
- John 14:6
"God is within her, she will not fall."
- Psalm 46:5
"For you have been my hope, Sovereign Lord, my confidence since my youth."
- Psalm 71:5
"The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law."
- Deuteronomy 29;29
"It is to be with him, and he is to read it all the days of his life so that he may learn to revere the Lord his God and follow carefully all the words of this law and these decrees."
- Deuteronomy 17:9


"For a long time now - to this very day - you have not deserted your fellow Israelites but have carried out the mission the Lord your God gave you."
- Joshua 22:3
"After he had washed his face, he came out and, controlling himself, said 'Serve the food.'"
- Genesis 43:1


130 Years of Service!

Emmanuel was established in 1887 with the move of a small groups of members from the Zion Baptist Church to a first church building that was erected at Broadway and Magazine Streets in 1888. It was known as the "Old Tin Church". Our church history is rich and several founding families are still represented by members of the congregation today:
  • The Laura Adams Family
  • The Gaddie Family

Our greatest privilege is to worship God. The worship of God is our ultimate priority. In essence, we believe that it is the heart of the Great Commandment. Personal, private, devotional worship are important. Corporate and collective worship are also commanded by God.


Jesus invited people to follow Him. Discipleship is about being a follower of Jesus Christ. As we learn to follow Him, we will fulfill the Great Commandment and the Great Commission. A disciple is also a learner. We learn about Jesus Christ through studying God’s Word, the Bible, and praying. Sunday School is an integral part of this effort by touching every life in the church from the youngest to the most senior. God uses His God-called preachers and teachers to help us learn about Him and what His plans for us are all about.


Jesus also commanded that we love our neighbors as ourselves. We have to be committed to outreach programs to introduce our neighbors to the love of Christ. We have been called to be the light of the world. We have to shine that light in the dark places.


The heart of the Great Commission is evangelism or missions. These are not different but the same. Jesus Christ commanded His followers to go and make disciples of all nations. Obedience to this command requires intentional and personal involvement of sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ with people who do not know Him personally.


We are social beings who need fellowship with God and with other believers. Other believers will encourage and challenge us to living for Christ and holding us accountable.


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3815 West Broadway
Louisville, KY 40211-2849
Phone: 502.776.0334
Fax: 502.776.0846

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