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Eddie Painter

Lead Pastor


Eddie Painter was born in Amory, MS and grew up there and in West Point, MS.   He was called to preach in his late teens.  Eddie met his wife Lisa in a Bible class while attending Blue Mountain College.  They have been married for 26 years and have two adult daughters; Elisabeth VanTuinen (husband Shane) and Angel Painter.  They also have a grandson, Cody (2 yrs.) who they enjoy spoiling at every opportunity.

Eddie has served churches in Mississippi and Louisiana for the past 25 years.  His main purpose of ministry is to glorify God through leading His church on mission to fulfill Matthew 22:36-40 and Matthew 28:18-20.

He loves seeing the transformation in the lives of people as they choose to follow Jesus and grow in their relationship with Him

Matthew 22:36-40

 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”


Matthew 28:18-20

 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”


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Mark Kelly

Worship Pastor


Mark began his life as a minister in the summer of 1985. God called him to Student ministry as a 17 year old and he never thought there was anything else he would ever do. After serving as a summer Student Minister at several churches across our state as he worked his way through college, he took his first full time position at Clarksdale Baptist Church in 1992. He served there for 9 and half years before accepting the call to come to Emmanuel.

He came to Emmanuel Baptist Church in June 2001 as Student Pastor. He was privileged to serve as Student Pastor for 8 years. In July 2009 he resigned and worked in the “real world” until he came back on staff in February 2013 as Worship Pastor. As you can imagine, there is much more to that story and Mark would love to share it with anyone that would like to hear about the incredible journey he has walked through these years. He is blessed to be married to his beautiful wife and ministry partner, Cate. He has a full quiver of kids! His daughters, Cassidy and Kayden and his sons, Cason and Cruze. He also has a grandson, Dalton. He and Cate are expecting number 5 on Christmas day! It’s such a blast working here! Come join us!!


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Chris Johns

Youth Pastor


Chris has a love for students and has been in ministry for 18 years.  His passion is to make disciples!  He has been married to his wife, Traci, for 19 years; and they have 5 children.  He loves the outdoors: Running, Hunting, and Sports.  It may seem impossible, but he is a huge Mississippi state fan that also cheers for Ole Miss.

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Brenda Smith



Brenda came to Emmanuel Baptist as church secretary on August 1, 1999. Her and her husband, George, have three children; Benjamin, Joshua, and Emily. But the apples of her eye are her three grandchildren; Colton, Liam, and Gauge. She has faithfully served Emmanuel as church secretary and financial secretary for over 15 years.

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Tommy Burford

Childrens Pastor


Tommy joined our church in 1993, and has been in involved in childrens ministry for 23 years as a volunteer.  He recently surrendered to the ministry here and became the children pastor. His goal is to teach children the truth of God's word, and lead them in a deeper relationship with him. He and his wife Janet have one son, Will.  He enjoys hunting / fishing, adventure sports and music (yes, bluegrass music). He also enjoys training and competing with his dogs.