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We are here because of the good news of Jesus Christ.

We are sinners who have been rescued from sin by Jesus Christ. Though we have different backgrounds, ethnicities, opinions, and personalities, we find commonality in the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

 

We gather each week to worship the one true God revealed in the Bible. We're grateful for the privilege He has given us to worship, live, and serve in our local community.

We rely on God's grace to give us true unity to function together as one body in Jesus Christ, submitted to the Word of God and committed to living that Word out in our daily lives.

Who We Are

 
We strive for an intentional culture of grace, vibrant worship, and discipleship.
A Culture of Grace

We seek to be a community characterized by grace. We pray for and actively strive for grace to permeate every aspect of our church culture. Because we recognize our deep gospel neediness, we are quick to extend grace to those in our church family, to other local churches, and to the people of our community.

A Culture of Vibrant Corporate Worship

We seek to be a community characterized by vibrant, full-hearted, participatory, unified, Christ-centered corporate worship. Because we believe that the worship of the gathered church should be corporate, not individual, we see every aspect of worship as an act the entire congregation joins in, rather than observes. We strive to sing, pray, and preach the Word in a way that encourages the participation of the entire congregation in our worship.

A Culture of Discipleship

We seek to be a community characterized by disciple-making followers of Jesus. Because we believe that the mission of the church is making disciples of Jesus Christ, we develop intentional relationships for the purpose of encouraging each other to pursue Christ, and we actively pray for and seek out relationships for the purpose of calling others to follow Christ.

 

What to Expect

Walking into a church for the first time can be intimidating, so we want you to help you know what to expect when you visit.

We promise not to embarrass you or point you out. If you wish you can fill out a connection card and we’ll follow up with you later. You can come knowing you are in the midst of a group of broken people, whom all need God’s grace.

What to Wear

We have a diversity of people attend our services and are thankful for a congregation with a variety of dress. You'll find anything from very casual jeans and t-shirts to polos and slacks to suits. We encourage you to come as you are.

Children

We are thankful to have a congregation with many children. We encourage all parents to train their children to worship as part of the church. We provide a nursery for children up to age 2 for the entire worship service and dismiss children ages 3-6 for children’s church before the sermon. Some children remain in the service the entire time, and we welcome their presence.

Sunday School

On Sunday morning at 10 am, we come together for Sunday School for all ages, where we learn topically about God's Word and its application to all areas of life. Following Sunday School, we have a 15-minute break before our second morning worship service begins at 11 am.

Service Format

Our service is intentional, in that it follows a deliberate order of worship, but it’s not formal in style. We sing several songs, offer congregational and pastoral prayers to God, hear Scripture read, and give our offerings.  We close each morning worship service with a benediction. The 8:30 a.m. worship service finishes at 9:45 a.m. and the 11:00 a.m. worship service ends at 12:15 p.m. An hour later, you might still find folks talking over the sermon and events of the past week.

Sermon

Preaching at Emmanuel is generally expositional, meaning that it seeks to systematically work through passages of Scripture, declaring the point of a particular Biblical passage, with practical application rooted in the redemptive story of Scripture. Sermons usually last around 45 minutes and are packed with material for reflection. Our sermon series regularly alternate between the Old and New Testaments. All preaching is driven by the Gospel, the Bible’s main message of God saving sinners through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Music

​​We sing a blend of lyrically rich songs both recent and historic. Those of us who are comfortable with music from one particular era have discovered that we come to enjoy other songs we had not previously encountered.

 

We strongly prefer congregational singing, which emphasizes the gathered body enthusiastically singing praise to God with one voice. Some Sundays we sing with piano, guitar, and drums, and others we sing with just piano accompaniment.

Meet the Team

 

Steve Faulkner

Senior Pastor

We weren’t born here, but we got here as soon as we could; or, at least as soon as the Lord saw fit. We came here from Texas where Judy and I first made our home as newlyweds. Raised in northwestern Ontario as an MK, she had roots in Tennessee, where I was born and raised, and where we did much of our courting in university. Once we were married, Texas was where we ventured out into life and ministry.


We enjoyed 17 fruitful years of ministry there filled with a full measure of joy and challenges. In that time, we were blessed by God with 3 beautiful children who have been a delight to our hearts. Along the way, we began searching out the possibility of moving closer to family in Tennessee. That’s when we got a call from Canada and Emmanuel Bible Church. The rest is history.


We have enjoyed 12 wonderful years here in ministry with you. Our delight is to see people come to know the Lord, grow in their walk with Him through His Word, and develop a passion for reaching others here and abroad with the good news of Jesus Christ. What a journey!

Joel Houghton

Pastor of Congregational Care

I love being a Dad and a pastor! God has given us 3 wonderful kids and, along with my wife, they're my favourite people ever. He's also given us an incredible ministry here in Simcoe. Our family has been attending Emmanuel Bible Church since I started a "pastoral internship" in 2009 and it's such a blessing and previledge to be a part of this congregation.


In the summer, I enjoy biking around picturesque Norfolk county; and when the weather isn't so good, I'll probably be reading on the couch or pursuing some nerdy hobby.


We trust that God will do great things and are praying expectantly for this church and community.

Dan Johnson

Pastor of Youth and Family Ministries

I trusted in Jesus Christ to forgive my sins and become my Lord and Saviour at the age of 7 after hearing the gospel while attending a summer day camp. At the age of 12 I was baptized in order to publicly profess my faith in Jesus Christ and ask that others help me live the new life that Jesus had given me. After struggling in my walk with the Lord throughout my university years, I was asked to help teach at youth group at Emmanuel Bible Church. Although in no position to lead others spiritually because of sinful decisions I had made in my life, I accepted. Through that, I dove in to God’s word and He began changing me into the disciple of Jesus He wanted me to become. After working as a high school teacher for many years, in 2011 the Lord led me to full time mission work here in Canada with Word of Life Fellowship. Then, in September 2015, the Lord put a clear desire on my heart to pastor/shepherd one local church. The pursuit of this led me to Emmanuel Bible Church.

What We Believe

 
We seek to be Word-driven and Christ-centered.

The Word of God governs our life, and we believe the Bible points to Jesus Christ. The Bible is God's written Word—His communication to us of who He is, what He does, and what He expects of us. The Bible alone holds the authoritative answers to the questions of life and eternity.

The written Word is a reflection of the Living Word, Jesus Christ. It is our reliable, sufficient rule for faith and practice.

We seek to be timeless in our message.

Because we believe the gospel is central and that our church life should be governed by the Word of God, we practice expository, Christ-centered preaching. We strive to make our message accessible to everyone, while still preaching the full counsel of God.

Our message is Jesus Christ and Him crucified. We seek to share this message compassionately with the hurting to make a difference in our community, while also engaging in committed missions efforts throughout the world.

We hold to historical Baptist distinctives and find much in common with The 1689 London Baptist Confession.

We seek to be relevant in our vision.

We believe that the Bible is relevant and contains everything we need to face the problems of life today. We are ordinary people who submit to the work of God in our hearts to change us to become more like His Son, Jesus. We desire to change, not because we thereby gain favor with God, but because we desire to grow in our love for Him.

Our Beliefs

The Scripture
God the Father
God the Holy Spirit
Angels
Man
Regeneration by the Holy Spirit
Sanctification
Security
The Local Church
Baptism
Marriage
The Tribulation
The Millennium
Eternity
The Godhead
God the Son
Creation
Satan
Total Depravity of Man
Atonement by the Blood of Christ
The Baptism With(in) the Holy Spirit
The Church
Ordinances
The Lord's Supper
The Rapture
The Second Coming of Christ
The Great White Throne Judgment

© Emmanuel Bible Church

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