God has place an incredible team together at Immanuel. We share a heart for our community, a passion for God's Word, and a desire to see peoples lives changed by the power of God
Matt has been on Staff at Immanuel since 2006. He and his wife Jessica have two wonderful boys, Brody and Jax.
He is a 1996 graduate of Bryant High School, in Bryant Arkansas, and went on to the University of Arkansas at Little Rock where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Communication in 2000. He graduated Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth TX in the fall of 2018 with a Masters in Theological Studies. Matt has ministered in Arkansas for over 20 years, and has had the opportunity to speak and lead worship for various camps and retreats as well.
Matt served at Immanuel as the Student and Education Pastor for 10 years before transitioning into the Senior Pastor position in 2016. Matt has an incredible desire to see lives changed by the reality of who Jesus is, and passionatly preaches truth each week.
In his spare time Matt enjoys spending time with his family and friends, playing the guitar and drums, hunting, and the occasional round of golf.
T J was born in Fordyce, Arkansas on June 16, 1975. He is married to Brandy and they have six beautiful girls; Kynlee, Kamryn, Karis, Kate, Karlee, and Kiah.
T J graduated with a Bachelors in Music Education from the University of Arkansas at Monticello in May of 1999 and recieved his Masters in Music in May of 2001 from New Mexico State University. T J held the position of Director of Bands for the Monticello School District for seven years prior to entering the ministry full time.
T J has served as interim music director for many churchs and served as part-time worship pastor at Journey Church of Monticello, Arkansas for 3 years.
T J and Brandy have a deep desire to minister to orphans. This calling upon their lives led them into the ministry of fostering/adoption. They have served many children and families through the opportunities afforded to them during their journey and hope to minister to countless more.
Student and Education Pastor
Shelton was born in Jonesboro, Arkansas in 1992. He has been in Warren since the age of 9 and graduated from Warren High School in 2010. Shelton is married to his wife, Lauren, and they have 3 children; Elliette, Audrey, and Leif. They both grew under the leadership and served as workers in the IBC Student Ministry.
Shelton and Lauren both have a deep passion for missions, specifically to the unreached people throughout the world. That passion lead them out from Immanuel in 2019 as they moved their family to serve alongside a new church plant in Winthrop, Massachusetts.
During their time in New England, God gave them a strong pull to come and serve Immanuel Baptist Church as the Student Pastor. They are now working diligently to engage, equip, and empower students and volunteers to follow Christ and make disciples wherever He leads.
Fran has served Immanuel Baptist Church as Secretary for almost 20 years! She started in April of 1998 and has been a servant to Immanuel and its staff ever since.
Fran is married to Jimmy and they have 2 sons, 8 grandchildren, and 1 great-grand. Fran loves painting and spending time with her beautiful grandchildren.