I felt strongly called back in the summer of 2001 to come on board the Emmanuel team, after having served as a teacher in Christian schools for many years. I enjoy and consider it a privilege to facilitate the ministry of the church and help the leaders to function well, and I think one of my gifts is to help great people minister more effectively! I like to encourage people, and I endeavor to be a blessing to our people. I am fortunate to serve among such a capable and inspiring group of leaders.
I have been married to Bob, a gifted music teacher, since 1976. Our goals in life are still summed up in our wedding verse, Psalm 34:3: “O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt His name together.” We are the parents of three amazing grown and married children - Nathan (& Jennifer), Seth (& Colleen), Anna (& Royce) - and grandparents of Brady, Brock, Quinn, and Essie. We moved to Xenia in 1993 from northeast Ohio, and have been involved at Emmanuel ever since.
Because I distinctly remember saying “yes” to the Lord as a teenager and understanding that even a “good” life is darkness without Jesus, my testimony is reflected in 1Peter 2:9: “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”
Children's Ministries Assistant and Unique Needs Ministry Director
For 18 years now my husband, John, and I have enjoyed serving the Lord together in His Church, and after a move to Xenia in 2001, my desire to become a "buddy" in the Unique Needs Ministry led us to serve Him at EBC. As the U.N. Director I now have the privilege of instructing other EBC attenders on how best to love and care for our U.N. children and their families, as well as to assist our Children's Ministries Director, Stephanie Lane, with caring for our infants through 3 year old children. My children, Alicia (15), Amanda (12), and Evan (9) serve right alongside John and I, and we are thankful to be a part of what the Lord's doing at EBC.
I'm Tina Henry, a Ken Buck youth kid who made the transition to EBC church goer 12 years ago. Through struggling deeply with poverty and various kinds of abuse, God has molded me into a passionate follower of Jesus Christ and he has called me to serve Him through social service efforts within the context of a local church. As the Community Coordinator, I strive to implement a Development Plan that seeks to respect the value and dignity of each person by encouraging, empowering, and equipping people to want and to do positive things for themselves based on biblical principles. Look out for Community Outreach info in the Fellowship Hall at EBC to learn more about the what/why/how of Community Outreach and how you can get involved.
Children's Ministries Director
I never imagined while studying Sports Medicine in college that the Lord would direct me to be the Children's Director at a church. However, now, I can't imagine being anywhere else! It's a joy each Sunday to lead EBC Kids in worship and watch them lift their voices and hands in praise. Our Sunday School teachers do a fabulous job in teaching and they make my job so much easier. My desire is to see children commit their life to the Lord and walk with Him as they grow older. In my spare time, I love to run area 5k races and I am hoping to do my second triathlon this year. I've been married to Steve for 12 years and have two boys, Kyle (9) and Brian (8).
My wife Amy and I were married in 1994 and have 3 children, Caleb, Joshua, and Hannah. I graduated from Cedarville College in 1993. I currently stay busy running a small carpentry business and tending the family farm. I have had the great opportunity of leading worship at EBC for the last few years, and I am excited to see where God takes the music ministry in this upcoming year!
My husband, Adam, and I live in Xenia and thoroughly enjoy being involved at EBC. I grew up in Xenia and have called EBC home for most of my life. My husband, on the other hand, is from Cincinnati but relocated to small town Xenia in 2007 when we were married. We have one little one, Derrick (1), and are excited to raise him among such a wonderful body of believers. We love this community and desire for God to use us however He sees best!
This is my 16th year at Emmanuel and my second turn at helping with the church finances. I studied Accounting at Cedarville College and am thrilled to have the opportunity to keep my foot in that door while serving God and His church. I am married to Mark and we homeschool our five children: Jonathan, Benjamin, Rebekah, Elizabeth, and Joshua. Emmanuel has been a wonderful place to grow in knowledge and understanding of God, to fellowship, and to serve others. To Him be the glory!
My background is primarily in the electrical field, and I am a licensed Master electrician. I owned and operated my own company many years before answering God’s call to full time missions. Although that call has not yet been fully realized, it has resulted in God taking me down many different roads, some I chose myself but many that I would not have chosen on my own.
Legacy Ministries International is one that I would not have chosen. I spent eight years at LMI working as a maintenance person for Xenia Christian School as well as a host of other ministries related to LMI. My skill set was greatly widened as a result of this position. I also have an Associate’s degree in Commercial Photography, and I have been trained in diesel mechanics, among other things.
A recent opportunity took my family and me to Africa for a few months which gave us a great opportunity to experience foreign missions first hand. It is my desire to use my skills on the mission field, and hopefully God will choose to send us back to Africa.
My name is Jason Shinn and I am the Youth Director @ Emmanuel Baptist Church. I have been doing Youth Ministry for over 10 years as a volunteer and as paid staff. I am from Michigan (go Blue!) but have been serving EBC since 2008. I am desperately chasing Jesus, husband to Jessica, the Owner of the awesomest dogs Indy & Cali, an Imaginary Superhero, a Maize & Blue fan, Dave Matthews listener, and movie junky!
I can only describe what I want to be and what I want to see from the students of EBC with this quote from a man speaking to a room full of Youth Workers...
“We have a room here full of rag-tag, foolish, unsophisticated, unfinished, work-in-progress, weak, disrespected, ragamuffins, who have been called to work with a group of rag-tag, foolish, unsophisticated, unfinished, work-in-progress, wondering young people. What an honor. What a calling.”
- Mike Yaconelli