Ryan was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and grew up all over western Canada. Throughout his teen years he pursued political causes to make him feel righteous and then drugs and sex to make him feel happy. Thankfully, when he was 21 he found his righteousness was a joke and his happiness had turned sour. Through the simple and intelligent witness of his step-mom he came to trust Jesus Christ late in the evening just before Good Friday in 1995. Shortly after his conversion he studied at Prairie Bible College in Three Hills Alberta, and then at Tyndale College in Toronto, Ontario. In Toronto, Ryan worked in an inner city church under the leadership of Dr. Stephen Beck. He also met the lovely Christy Joy Teal who became Christy Joy Fullerton shortly after their graduation from college. The next eight years were a whirlwind and included drilling for oil, pastoring a church in a town with a population of 311, having four children (Jordana, Luke, James, and Christopher), starting seminary, stopping seminary, and becoming (somewhere in there) the Lead Pastor of Immanuel.
Pastor Jeff King came to Louisville from Florida. Chomp Chomp. Married to Christy who is his greatest joy in this life, Jeff serves as Immanuel’s Community Discipleship Pastor and primarily oversees the Gospel Community Groups of Immanuel. Jeff and Christy have two wonderful daughters, Alexis and Rachel who both follow their dad’s footsteps by running cross country.
Ben is a country boy at heart. Raised in Kansas loving the ‘amber waves of grain’, Ben came to Kentucky and stayed because of his wonderful wife Sarah whose family has been in Kentucky since 1790. Ben and Sarah have four children, (Karis, Frank, Daniel, and Benjamin) a handful of chickens, a big garden, and a chocolate labrador retriever. Ben serves Immanuel as Executive Pastor and oversees Immanuel’s ministry structures, organization, staff, and the execution of Immanuel’s vision.
Keith grew up on a farm in western Canada and can tell you how to compost an entire cow carcass in a total of two days. His impressive characteristics do not end there though. His wife Teresa and children Ellie, Megan, and Luke are a blessing to the church and a true delight to Keith and anyone who knows them. Keith’s experience in farming gives him a unique and profound insight into the pastoral role and he is a model of what it looks like to obey Jesus’ instruction “feed my sheep”. He serves as our Pastor of Children and Families and is responsible for overseeing the spiritual care of families within the context of our Children’s ministry, Nursery, and Gospel Community Groups.
JC Mojica and his wife Bethany have one son, Henry. The Mojicas are a joy and a blessing to everyone they know and JC diligently serves Immanuel as Lead Deacon. His responsibilities include leading the Deacon Team, managing daily financial details, building maintenance, and any other task/project he can get his hands on. JC can be found at the church building, at home in his garden with his family, or helping someone.
Mike and Patti Withers have been a profound influence at Immanuel. They have both exercised their gifts for ministry in many different ways and are widely trusted and looked to as ‘parents’ by many younger couples. The Withers are proud Texans and Patti totes a “don’t mess with Texas” coffee mug around the offices. Patti has filled many roles at Immanuel and is currently serving as our Women’s Ministry Director and Hospitality Coordinator where she oversees discipleship structures for women, equipping future women leaders, and also coordinates various hospitality logistics for church wide events.
Andy is Immanuel’s resident Renaissance Man. Whether dealing in obscure international geographical references, executive level business theory, folk music, dobro expertise, sustainable economics, or the ability to synthesize and communicate complex ideas, Pastor Andy is your man. Andy is married to Janet whom he met later in life after many years of fruitless spiritual soul searching on America’s western coast. After many years of work and much global travel as an engineer in the telecom industry, Andy changed careers, went to seminary and now holds a Ph.D in Old Testament from Southern Seminary.
Ben and his wife Sarah have three kids, Elijah (Eli), Norah, and Julia. Soft spoken, yet brutally intelligent, Ben is an accomplished Duke basketball fan and works in a financial processing company here in Louisville. Ben is the mastermind behind Immanuel’s Pastoral Apprenticeship program which trains men to be leaders in the church both here in Louisville and around the world.
Dom and his wife Rebekah have two children, Levi and Sophia. Holding a degree in jazz studies, Dom deeply enjoys the glory of God expressed in music. Dom helps lead Immanuel’s worship band and also works in management in a local financial processing company. Dom proudly hails from Texas, pulls hopelessly for Texas sports teams, and fervently longs for someone in Louisville to make a high quality tamale.
Doug was raised in Louisville and remembers when horses trotted down the bridle paths that used to trace their ways down Southern and Eastern Parkways. Doug is married to Joy and together they minister to many at Immanuel in countless unseen ways. Doug works at an architectural firm in the Louisville metro area and has also pastored churches in rural Shelbyville, KY as well as Louisville. Doug loves to garden and can readily tell you at any time of the year what the last frost date will be. Regardless of what that date is, in accordance with Louisville tradition he will only plant his garden on the first Saturday in May, which is Derby Day.
JC works as a program director at Louisville’s oldest homeless shelter, Jefferson Street Baptist Center. He and his wife Randi have three children, Isaiah, Ava, and Tabitha and they regularly care for multiple foster children through Kentucky’s Cabinet for Health and Family Services. JC is a dedicated competitor and is the last one to leave the field in almost everything in which he is involved whether it is an ultimate frisbee game or a ministry of the church.
Ward and his family migrated north from the Louisiana Delta. Ward and his wife Heather have three children, Baylee, Lydia, and Isaac. Ward leads Immanuel’s youth ministry and serves regularly on Sunday mornings as a part of the worship band. Ward drives a Nissan truck, sports a beard, manages a shipping warehouse in eastern Louisville, and practices his duck calling skills during Elder and Deacon retreats.
AJ and his wife Jordan one son, Jesse, and are expecting their second child. AJ and Jordan help lead Immanuel’s nursery ministry which means they are truly amazing and uniquely capable individuals. AJ works in Bio-Med at one of Louisville’s hospitals and looks forward to deer season every year.
Jon Meacham and his wife Bethany have one son, Jonah. Jon is a graduate of the University of Kentucky which means Jonah learned the UK fight song right after the Gospel Song. Jonah sings the UK fight song during basketball games, and the Gospel Song during football games. Jon and Bethany are adoption champions at Immanuel and Jon works as an engineer for one of Louisville’s utility companies.
The Moats family includes Brian, his wife Ashton, and their daughter Talitha. Brian works for a national communications company and is also Immanuel’s official resource for all things photography related. In fact, all these bio pictures were snapped by Brian and it is a mystery how he took his own shot….Someday Brian hopes to support his family through his photography business which will enable them to plant a church somewhere in the deep south.
Matthew and Annie came to Louisville from the land of Dogs, Deer, and Four Wheelers: Mississippi. The Delaughters care for foster children through the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services. They are also planning on planting a church in New Orleans in the next couple of years. Matt works here in Louisville for a maintenance and grounds company.