Our Vision

Our vision is to see all people come to know Jesus as Savior and Lord to the glory of God.

Our Mission

Our mission is to be and build committed, reproducing followers of Jesus who Worship God, Connect with others, Grow in His Word and Go take the Gospel to our world.

For the Gospel. For the City. For the World.

Creating a Kingdom Advancing Gospel Culture.

To be for the Gospel means that the Gospel message is for us. We don’t have anything else to offer the world except a clear confession that Jesus Christ is Lord of all, that He is our only hope, and that while God’s wrath demanded punishment, Jesus was our substitutionary atonement. We have a responsibility before God to be faithful stewards of the Gospel message, and we have a responsibility before people to be honest about the holiness of God and what He demands of us.

As we live out the mission of the Gospel, we are called to be a people that

  • Worship God for all that He has done for us.
  • Connect with other believers through fellowship, accountability and discipleship.
  • Grow in our relationship with Jesus and our walk as Christians through life on life discipleship and prayer.
  • Go to our spheres of influence, our city and our world to tell others about the hope that we have in Jesus Christ.

We cannot live for the Gospel apart from living for the city and for the world. For generations, Immanuel has had a heart for the nations and we will continue that for generations to come.

Our History

Immanuel Baptist Church has a long and rich history of serving our community and proclaiming the name of Jesus. When founded in 1892, Immanuel was named Third Baptist Church, but on October 16 of the same year, the members agreed to change the name to Immanuel Baptist Church, signifying “God with us.” Through the years, Immanuel has been blessed with outstanding pastoral leadership including Rev. J.B. English, Dr. W. O. Vaught Jr., Dr. Rex M. Horne Jr., Dr. Gary Hollingsworth, and our current pastor, Dr. Steven W. Smith. Immanuel began with only 17 charter members in a small church on Jones Street. Over the years, Immanuel grew with many building changes and renovations at the Bishop location in downtown Little Rock. In 2001, members voted to relocate our church to its present location on Shackleford Road and the first service on the new campus was held December 14, 2003. Immanuel has been a part of many ministries in Little Rock to reach our city including our current partnership with City of Refuge and our Food Pantry. Missions is in the DNA of Immanuel, which is why we have partnerships all around the world as well as a program that sends our own members to the mission field. In 2015, the church voted to purchase a former Kroger grocery store next to our current campus with hopes to create more ministry opportunities to reach our city. God has blessed Immanuel so that we might bless others. God has been good to us so that we will act like a conduit for the Gospel; that the mercy and grace given to us would flow through us and to others. There are billions in the world without the Gospel. We ask God’s blessings specifically so that God’s saving power will be known “among all the nations;” to make reality the vision to see all people come to know Jesus as Lord to the glory of God the father. Click here to visit our 125th Anniversary page!