About Us

Emmanuel Baptist Church was founded in 1978 by Pastor Walt Zimmerman as an independent Baptist church. Pastor Z as he is still referred to today, many years now after his passing, was a member of “The Greatest Generation”. He was a WWII hero, a missionary to the Nursing Homes of New England, providing hope and comfort to many in their twilight years. He finally settled down and planted Emmanuel Baptist Church in Manchester, NH, where he would serve as her lead pastor until 1994. The vision that Pastor Z had for Emmanuel still continues today. We are a place of grace. A church where the abundant grace and abundant truth of God mix together to form something unique in our society. A welcoming and loving, understanding church, with strong convictions on the what the Bible says, and strong convictions that the amazing grace of Jesus is powerful enough to cover our sins and make us righteous before God. Pastor Z would routinely say that we were a “church of the do! Not a church of the don’t!” that he never wanted our community to think of us in a negative way, as a church of great restrictions and as an oppressive ministry. So it is today. A place of grace, a place of truth.

Following the ministry of Pastor Zimmerman, his long-time associate Pastor Ron Clow tool the reigns. Pastor Clow ministered at Emmanuel from late 1994 to 2009. The stress of his ministry was the authority of the Bible as the very Word of God. He stressed following the Lord unreservedly and without compromise. His was an exacting ministry with a stress of on faithfulness and excellence.

Our current pastor, Eric Davis, having come to faith under the ministry of Pastor Z, embraces the values of abundant truth and abundant grace existing in tension. Our theme verse under Pastor Davis is found in 1 John 4:17. He defines our vision today from this verse… “To raise up a generation of believers that are ‘as he is, in this world‘”. Under Pastor Davis we have adopted the motto “Bless God, Bless Others, Be the Blessing” because being like Jesus means blessing the Father and loving the world. It means that we become the hands, feet, heart and mind of Jesus in our culture.

We hope this gives you better understanding of who we are and why we do things the way we do. Bless God!
We are Baptist in our understanding of the message of the Bible. You can find an excellent treatise here.