Pastor John C Allen received his bachelor’s degree from Hyles-Anderson College in 1986 and a Master of Ministry degree from Bob Jones University in 2000. In 1992, he was called to be the pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church of South Haven. Under his leadership, the church has grown from 50 people to an average attendance of 300. The church has added property, expanded and increased its ministries, and founded Emmanuel Baptist Academy in 2000. He has served on the board of the Indiana Association of Christian Schools since 2009.
John has been married to his wife Cyndi for 26 years, and they have two teenage sons, Peter and Stephen.
Mr. Charles L. Lail
Charles Lail has lived in Indiana all of his life and graduated from Hyles-Anderson College (BS), where he met his wife, Kristina, a native of Minnesota. Upon graduation, he entered full-time ministry in 1994. He earned his master's degree from Pensacola Christian College (MA) where he studied under Dr. Frank Garlock. Charles and Kristina have 2 children, Charles III, and Zachary.
Charles came to EBC in 1999 and has served full time since 2000. In 2000, Charles started Emmanuel Baptist Academy, a traditional Christian school, and served as its first administrator. He currently serves as the Church Administrator, Music Director, and Academy Administrator. His duties include helping the Pastor with church administration and ministries, overseeing the church music, overseeing the Academy, and teaching in the junior and senior high school.
Pastor Tim Lawrence
Pastor Tim was born right outside of Philadelphia, Pa. He was raised in a Christian home, and received Christ as his Savior at 14 years of age. After his call to the ministry, he received his training at Ambassador Baptist College in Lattimore, North Carolina. He graduated in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in pastoral studies. In August of 2009 he married Emily Mendham. After serving as a youth pastor in Michigan for two years, God lead the Lawrence family to Emmanuel Baptist Church in South Haven, Indiana in October of 2011.
Tim serves as the assistant pastor over the teen and bus ministries. He also helps with the special events of the church, and assists in teaching in the academy.