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. In 2014 he was added to the board of the Indiana Fundamental Baptist Fellowship.
John has been married to his wife Cyndi for 28 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.
Elmer Rodriguez was born and raised in Northwest Indiana. At the age of 11, Elmer attended Emmanuel Baptist Church of South Haven and was enrolled in Emmanuel Baptist Academy. He accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior on February 27, 2006.
Elmer attended Providence Baptist College in Elgin, IL, as a pastoral assistant major and graduated in 2009. While attending college, he met his sweetheart, Patty, and married her in 2010. They then moved to Texas to assist a newer church.
In 2011, Elmer felt the call of God to leave Texas and to start a new church in Lafayette, Louisiana, which he pastored for six years. The church grew to having an average weekly attendnace of 90 and became self-supporting by the grace of God.
At the end of 2017, Elmer felt God leading him back to his home church, Emmanuel Baptist of South Haven, to become the Outreach Pastor.
Elmer and Patty have three children: Raquel Anthony, and Abigail.