New Emmanuel originated as Emmanuel Missionary Baptist Church.  A small group of members faithfully met every Sunday in Wellston, Missouri under the leadership of the late Pastor Graham Wilson.  Pastor Wilson served for eight years.  Although few in number Pastor Wilson and the faithful members of Emmanuel, made many sacrifices and were willing workers for the Lord.  They sometimes even congregated and worshipped in their homes.  However, through prayer and faith, a member in the community, Mr. Shelton, donated a lot to the members in order to build a permanent church. The lot was located at 8744 Agnes Avenue.  

In the 1950s, another building was acquired as the church’s membership continued to grow.  The late Milton Thames became the pastor.  Later, Pastor Milton Thames moved on to become shepherd of Greater Progressive Baptist Church.  During the mid-50’s, Emmanuel moved to Brentwood, Missouri.  It was during this time in July 1957, when God blessed Emmanuel M.B. Church with Pastor Charles H. Thames.  

As the years progressed, Emmanuel M.B. Church’s membership continued to increase.  In April 1961, Emmanuel M.B. Church changed its name to New Emmanuel Missionary Baptist Church, located at 6149 Bartmer Avenue, Wellston, Missouri.  It was also in 1961 at the Bartmer location,One of the greatest changes during that era occurred on May 16, 1965, when Chatham Baptist Church sold its building to New Emmanuel for $35,000.  In July 1966, New Emmanuel moved to its present location, 6233 Chatham Avenue, Wellston, MO.  

Pastor C.H. Thames provided strong spiritual leadership until has death, April 28, 1988.  He was the longest serving pastor in New Emmanuel’s history with over 30 years of service.  

New Emmanuel has just began another phase of our journey.  In 2015, New Emmanuel was blessed, privileged and honored to have God to call Pastor Antoian T. Johnson.  Five days after accepting his calling, he went to work establishing his role and developing personal relationships with his members.  Then he began meetings with his Ministerial team and Deacon Ministry team.  In three short months, our membership has increased 60%.  

We have had community movie nights, and a community outreach picnic because Pastor Johnson does not want us to be hidden on a corner, he wants us to be a Beacon of Light and Change in a community where it is seeking salvation through the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  

Recently, he painted a picture of what New Emmanuel will look like in five or ten years and it included:

Having community GED classes
Financial Planning Seminars that includes estate planning
Enhancement of our Brotherhood ministry

New Emmanuel would have never come this far without God’s guidance.  God has been our help in the past and through every event in our history.  Our Harvest is built on our Past, Present and Future because we have come this far by faith.