We’re just a little church, sitting on top of a hill getting ready to do great big things for the Lord!
Our mission is to boldly proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ, teaching and all baptizing in the name of the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit. To teach that our Lord and Savior is always, with us unto the end.
To build our church on the foundation of the Solid Rock, to lovingly and cheerfully uphold the doctrines of the holy written word, and to spread the word throughout our community and the world.
To educate our community by promoting brotherly love through our ministries, therefore transforming the world into relationships with Jesus Christ to strengthen the church.
Classes & Ministries
The First Baptist church was organized in 1909 in Benton, Missouri. 1909-1932 Rev. Bennett was the Pastor, followed by Rev. Thomas Oliver. During this time the church moved to 2136 O’Fallon Street, in St. Louis, Mo. Rev. H.H. Davis was called to Pastor for a short time. Later Rev. P.J. Suggs was called to Pastor.
In 1933, the First Baptist Church moved to 1212 N. Jefferson Ave. under the leadership of Rev. L.C. Turner. The Church’s name was changed to Emmanuel interpreted “God With Us”.
From 1934-1936 Rev. H.H. Davis returned to Pastor again. In 1937-1956 Rev. Ervin Little was called to Pastor. In 1937 the church moved 2433 Dickerson.
November 14, 1956 Rev. David Brooks was called to Pastor. On October 20, 1957 the Lord called him home. One of our own, Rev. L.V. Washington was called to Pastor. In 1958 the church walked from 2735 Thomas Street to our present home 1385 Good fellow Blvd.
On March 5, 1973 once again one of our own Rev. David Dorsey was elected as our Pastor. He served for twenty eight years. On August 6, 2002 the Lord called him home. The church went into prayer.
On November 22, 2002 Rev. Duane E. Belford was elected as our Pastor. The Lord continues to bless us as we grow spiritually and in numbers.
Since the assembly of Emmanuel Missionary Baptist Church, we have had many trials and tribulations, but we continue to be proud and dedicated to our church. We have come this far by faith.
Rev. Duane E. Belford
Rev. Duane E. Belford was appointed by God as our Pastor in November 2002. Pastor Belford's vision for the ministry is to become a Community Outreach Church.
In 2003 he implemented within the ministry, TNT known as Tuesday Night. The TNT class inspired Pastor to address the Christian education for the woman of Emmanuel thus the inception of the Women of Worship (W.O.W.).
W.O.W. has been a blessing not only to our church but to the community as well.
Pastor Belford regularly attends the National Congress of Christian Education and currently teaches; Theology and History of Christianity during annual the District sessions.
Pastor Belford attended St. Louis Christian College and Glad Tidings Bible College. In May of 2014 he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Theology from Western Baptist.
In May of 2016 he will graduate from Western Baptist Bible College with his Master’s degree in Theology and Biblical studies.
Under the leadership of Pastor Belford, our ministry has grown continuously physically, relationally but most of all Spiritually!
Come and worship with us! As Pastor would say, "we just a little church on the side of the road, holding up the blood stain banner for Jesus, were everybody here is somebody but Christ is our all"
Emmanuel Missionary Baptist Church 1385 Goodfellow Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63112