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 31 years, and they have two college age 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.