Rev. C. Richard Phelps began his ministry at Emmanuel in 1975 and continued through 1988. During Pastor Phelps’ ministry, the membership at Emmanuel grew in depth and number. the physical property was enlarged by adding two major building programs.
Pastor Phelps was known for his propositional in-depth Bible teaching which is a legacy and foundation for our preaching ministry to this day. Many would say of the pulpit during Pastor Phelps ministry that “Every Sunday was like a Bible Conference.”
He returned to Emmanuel as an assistant pastor to Bruce McBride in 1997 and he has been serving in various capacities ever since. In 2015 EBC bestowed upon him the Emeritus title.