WHO WE ARE
Immanuel, "God With Us"
This picture shows the cornerstone of our church building, constructed in 1955. But as believers, Jesus is our true cornerstone, our solid foundation, our Savior.
In our commitment to LOVE GOD and LOVE OTHERS, we rely on the Bible to guide us in honoring our Lord and serving people near and far.
We believe in one perfect living God who exists in three forms: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. He is omnipotent, omnipresent, creator of the universe.
We believe the Bible is the inspired word of God. It is without error in its original form and serves as our authority for faith and direction as Christians.
We believe that by sinning we broke our relationship with God, but he continues to love and provide for us. He ultimately sent his Son to mend our relationship. Though we cannot see God, we can know him and his desires for us by reading and studying the Bible and talking to him through prayer.
WHAT ABOUT JESUS?
We believe Jesus is both man and God. Born of a virgin, Jesus lived a life without sin and withstood temptation by Satan. His deity is revealed through miracles that were seen by men and recorded in the Bible.
We believe that Jesus was sacrificed on the cross to pay for man's sins once and for all. Jesus died on the cross, was buried, and was resurrected on the third day, achieving victory over sin and Satan.
We believe Jesus ascended into heaven and will return again, at a time that none of us knows, to judge the living and the dead.
We believe that when we commit our lives to God through Jesus, the Holy Spirit then dwells in us to help us as we seek to become more like Jesus in thought and action.
PASTOR MIKE EASTER
Pastor Mike felt God's call to relocate to a smaller, rural community from his lifelong home in Northern California. In spite of COVID-19, open-heart surgery, and other challenges, he and his family made the move to Wessington Springs and Immanuel Baptist Church in late 2020.
A former police officer and Army Chaplain, Pastor Mike was called into the ministry after a pair of life-threatening motor vehicle accidents. He has been a pastor for over eight years and holds a Master of Divinity degree from Liberty Theological Seminary.
When not in church, you can find Mike outdoors—hunting, fishing, shooting, walking his faithful sheprador dog Max or riding his horse Elvis.