We are so glad that you decided to visit our website and learn about what God is doing at Emmanuel.

If you have any questions or a prayer request, please don’t hesitate to contact us. 


We are here to CONNECT to God and each other, to GROW in worship and truth, and to LIVE in love and service.


Emmanuel is a contemporary Baptist church filled with people who recognize their brokenness and need of Jesus Christ on a daily basis. The Word of God leads our every purpose and practice. Each person is challenged to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ where they have access to God through prayer, worship, and service. We are a church of imperfect people serving a perfect and awesome God!


We invite you to come check us out this weekend at one of our worship gatherings. We know that going to a new church can be confusing and intimidating, so we try to do things in a way where you’ll feel welcome and not like an outsider. When you come, you can participate or just sit back and observe.


At Emmanuel we value the family and we believe church should be a place for people of all ages. Every Sunday we provide children's ministries alongside our regular gatherings, which provides an age-appropriate environment for kids to encounter Christ.

Emmanuel is guided by a leadership team who provide overall direction and watch over the spiritual needs of the church. Our pastors provide sound, practical, biblical teaching at each worship gathering. They have received theological and pastoral training and are equipped to share God's love with our local community. Emmanuel is blessed to have a leadership team who are truly dedicated to Christ and accomplishing His will.



Good news is worth talking about and sharing at every opportunity! It is our privilege to constantly remind one another that Jesus changes lives. We make it a priority to talk about the Gospel in our gathering! We challenge our people to share the Good News of Jesus in their communities, and to invite those same people to Emmanuel for a greater encounter with God! We value at the highest level the Gospel of Jesus Christ!


In a time where relativism is the norm, we affirm the absolute truth of the Word of God. What the Bible says, we believe and attempt to selflessly apply to our lives. What you want to hear is not often what you need to hear. Our preaching and teaching will lovingly challenge you to overcome personal feelings with Biblical facts. We believe there is an absolute standard to follow! We highly value the truth of the Word of God!


Everyone is at a different stage in their journey of faith and we embrace that reality. Each week we offer a message that is both understandable and "apply-able." We are a church filled with people struggling with different "issues" trying to take the next step! We highly value your journey of faith!


Community is the ultimate key to connection. For that reason, we value people coming to our church and soon after getting involved in service opportunities. Sunday gatherings aren't a performance for you to just experience, they are meant to grow your faith to the point of personal action. We highly value participation!


We believe the Bible as originally written was verbally inspired by God and is inerrant in all that it affirms. It is the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions shall be tried. (2 Timothy 3:16 , 2 Peter 1:20-21)


We believe in God the Father as the eternally existent creator and sustainer. He, along with Jesus and the Holy Spirit, in eternity past, planned redemption. He is active in the world today and is the only being worthy of worship. (Genesis 1:1, Isaiah 43:7)


We believe in Jesus Christ as the eternally existent, instrumental in creation, fully divine God/Man, who, through His death on the cross, made atonement to God for the sins of those who believe in Him. And through His bodily resurrection provided hope by defeating death, overcoming Satan, and securing a future resurrection for the redeemed. He currently intercedes for believers. (Colossians 1:15-20John 14:6)


We believe in the Holy Spirit as a divine person equal to God the Father and God the Son and of the same nature. He is presently active in all who have put their faith in Jesus. We believe that the sign gifts were unique to the burgeoning Christ movement of the first century. (1 Corinthians 6:19Ephesians 1:13-14)


We believe that humans were created in the image of God and that there are two sexes, male and female. Through willful sin humans fell from perfection and stand condemned before God. Therefore, all humans are born into sin because of their predecessor Adam. Humankind’s purpose is to worship the true God. We believe that marriage is a covenant between one man and one woman. (Genesis 1:26-28, Psalm 51:5Romans 5:12)


We believe that salvation is completely a work of God through Jesus and the Holy Spirit. Salvation is by grace alone through faith alone and people can do nothing to earn it. (Ephesians 2:8-9)


We believe the local church is a congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant of faith and fellowship of the Gospel. We practice the ordinance of believer’s baptism by immersion and fellowship through the Lord’s Supper. Our purpose is to spread the gospel to the entire world. (Ephesians 3:10)


We believe that in the future Christ will come again to redeem the church and Israel. Furthermore, He will establish a new heaven and new earth where all who are redeemed will be with Him for eternity and all who are condemned will spend eternity separated from Him in Hell. (Revelation 20:12-15, Revelation 21:1-4)


John Scally

Lead Pastor

Education: BA in "Church Ministries" with a Youth Emphasis from Maranatha Baptist University.

Family: Tami (Wife), Zachary (Son), Hope (Daughter), Victoria (Daughter)
Interests: Red Wings Hockey, Michigan Football, Pizza & Pepsi
Spiritual: Reach the greater Flint area for Jesus Christ by equipping our people in the Gospel!

Brandon Robertson

Campus Director 

Grand Blanc

Education: Bachelor’s in Business Administration majoring in Sports Management from Northwood University 

Family: Sarah (Wife), baby Robertson coming February 2024 
Interests: Michigan State sports, Dr. Pepper.
Spiritual: I desire to help lead and equip others to be servants of our Awesome God and to share the love of Jesus Christ wherever He may lead us. 

Ross Martello

Youth Pastor

Education: Bachelor of Science in Youth Ministry and Minor in Greek from Cornerstone University.

Family: Laura (Wife), Allie (Daughter), Erin (Daughter).
Interests: I love sports of any type both playing and watching. I also like to dabble in computers and have built my own desktop, which means I am still a PC guy (Sorry Mac). I also love to try new food, play board games and watch movies.
Spiritual: I desire to see teens pattern their lives after Jesus by developing a true relationship with Him and mature in that relationship as they move toward adulthood.  Also there is nothing more exciting than seeing a teen come to accept Jesus as Lord of his life and then go out and spread that love to their friends!

Kyle Wendel

Connection Pastor

Family: Jessica (Wife), Amelia (Daughter), Lina (Daughter).
Interests: Sports, Pizza, Star Wars, Hiking, & Spending time with family
Spiritual: I want to serve God in any way that I can. I love seeing people come to know Jesus and get passionate about Him.

Matt Hatton

Children's Pastor

Education: Bachelor’s degree in Biblical/Theological Studies from Liberty University.

Family: Morgan (Wife), Charlotte (Daughter), Luke (Son)
Interests: Fishing, hunting, hiking, backpacking, camping, biking, dirt-biking, disc golf, golf, as well as many other outdoor activities.
Spiritual: I desire to see God glorified in our duty to make disciples who make disciples. Through sharing the Gospel of Christ, baptism, and teaching of the Word I love to be a part of discipleship coming full circle in the lives of people of all ages and nations.

Sam Kraut

Worship Director

Family: Aubree (Wife), Ethan (Son), Shawn (Son)

Interests: Family game time, Movies, Music
Spiritual: Creatively pointing others to experience God through the many forms of worship: music, prayer, scripture, and passionate expression. (Colossians 3:16-17)

Christina Cain

Women's Ministry Director

Family: Scott (Husband), Michelle (Daughter), Thomas (Son), Matthew (Son), Rocky (Son), Taylor (Daughter) 


Interests: Kayaking, hiking, gardening, biking and spending time with family.


Spiritual: My heart’s desire is to love and serve Jesus in my everyday walk and embrace the opportunity to be used by God. I love sharing life and God's word with others.

Manning Brown

Operations Pastor

Education: Bachelor of Arts in Telecommunications, Michigan State University; Master of Education in Training and Development. Pennsylvania State University; Master of Military Operational Arts and Sciences, Air University

Family: Jennifer (Wife), two sons, two daughters-in-law, two grandchildren
Interests: Snowmobiles, ATVs, boating, travel, history
Spiritual: Living my faith through personal growth, engagement, teaching, preaching, and serving. Seeing God at work in all circumstances. (2 Chronicles 16:9a)

Karrie Nealis

Office Manager

Family: Brent (Husband), Hailey (Daughter), Joseph (Son), Jeremy (Son)

Interests: Baking, decorating, spending time with my family and watching the Detroit Tigers.
Spiritual: I love to watch the Lord transform lives. I love letting people know that they are truly loved by an amazing God!

Sarah Robertson

Assistant Office Manager

Family: Brandon (Husband)
Interests: Traveling, hiking, photography, and animals.
Spiritual: I love seeing Jesus using ordinary people like you and me to accomplish His mission.

Hannah Jentzen


Family: Jeremy (Husband), Judah (Son), Llewyn (Son)

Interests: Music, Photography, Crafting! 
Spiritual:  Whether small behind the scenes or out front speaking to thousands. Make every moment count. 

"whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God."

1 Corinthians 10:31b

Desirae Schwabauer


Family: Eric (Husband), Ava (Daughter), Payton (Son), Mia (Daughter), Mason (Son), Lea (Daughter)
Interests: Painting, baking, music, spending time outside (when it’s warm) spending time with my family.
Spiritual:  I enjoy serving in the ministry of helps.  (1 Peter 4:10)

Josh Groce

Video Director

Family: Kristy (Wife), Jordyn (Daughter), Josh (Son), Garrett (Son), Graden (Son)

Interests: Michigan State (#GoGreen!), family, learning anything new, cooking.
Spiritual: To show the world that no matter how far you feel from God, He can bring you out of your mess and use you for His purpose.