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Emmanuel Baptist Church


Status active
Type Agency
Denomination N/A
Contact Info Emmanuel Baptist Church, 8301 S. Damen Ave., Chicago, IL 60620. Phone: 773-239-9709. Web site:

Community Description:

Our community was founded January 13, 1973. 


The mission of the Emmanuel Baptist Church is to educate, edify, and extend the word, the work, the worship, and the saving message of the Lord Jesus Christ from this corner to every corner of the world.


The community that surrounds the Church are composed of a senior and median adult community.  Within a mile radius of the Church are about twenty five congregations from storefronts to church structures built within the last 75 years.

The community is well kept with a number of small preschools located in churches or storefronts.

There are two elementary schools within ½ miles of the church and Chicago public school and a Chicago Charter school (both 1st to 6th grade).


The Church has approximately 200 members.  The congregation highest attendees are person who are senior adults and median adults.  We have children and youth of high school age and a few young adults.


The Church seeks to teach to equip the saints for the work of ministry through mission outreach, visitation of the sick and infirmed, and assisting persons in varying social needs. 

The preaching ministry is focused on opening the scripture to God’s challenge to people’s lives to live responsively to the mandate of the Lord Jesus to love God and love neighbor.  The objective is to hear the word of God that will grow the hearing into responding to the challenge of the gospel to be lived out faithfully in their context of home, work, school, or whatever social environment they may find themselves.

The church’s major 52 week educational ministry centers on the Sunday School that seeks to Teach, Reach, and Minister to persons cross generationally into mature saints of God.

The pastor teaches on Saturday mornings a series of Bible studies that centers on topics of leadership, Christian growth, Biblical Stewardship, and the Doctrines of the Church. 

The community of the church was developed in the 1950s.  The transition of the community begin in the 1970s as the community began receiving African Americans into the area.

The Church is housed in the 18th ward with a population of about 52,000 people.  The area of the Church is predominately African American.

Position Description:

The serving opportunities will consist of the worship leadership, preaching, teaching, visitation, and group facilitation of youth and young adults in the congregation.


Rogers W. Jackson is the pastor of the Emmanuel Baptist Church, Chicago, IL, since February of 2003 following the 30 year pastoral ministry of the Rev. Lacey Kirk Curry.

My Mission is to assist Pastors, Church Workers, and the People of God to strengthen all aspects of Church Mission, Ministry, and Christian Education through the ministry.

My style of supervision will be interactive, collaborative, conversational, and hands on. I will seek to know the student’s learning style and the types of leadership that they have been under in the past.

I will seek to give honest feedback with the goal of expanding the ministry understanding of the student with the goal of helping them achieve their personal objective for ministry and leadership.

My program for spiritual growth consists presently of reading and teaching the following theoretical and biblical concepts of spiritual maturation for growth and leadership to our congregation and local pastors:

Steven Furtick, Greater: Dream Bigger, Start Smaller, Ignite God’s Vision for your Life.

Jim Collins, Great By Choice: Uncertainty, Chaos, and Luck – Why Some Thrive Despite Them All

Teresa Amabile & Steven Kramer, The Progress Principle: Using Small Wins to Ignite Joy, Engagement, and Creativity at Work

Kyle Idleman, Not A Fan: Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of Jesus

Jeb Blount, People Follow You: The Real Secret to What Matters Most in Leadership


From McCormick take 55th Street West to Cottage Grover.  Cross over and go around the park going west looping back into 55th Street.  Continue west until you come to DAMEN AVENUE which is about 2000 West.

At Damen Avenue turn left going south until you come to 8301 S. Damen Avenue.  It is roughly about 30 blocks south.  At the corner of 83rd and Damen you will see the Church on the left.