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Emmanuel Enid

Lead Pastor

Enid, Oklahoma

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Denomination: Baptist - SBC

Weekly Attendance: 1,000

Location: Enid, Oklahoma

The Role: Lead Pastor


Meet Emmanuel Enid:

In August of 1961, a group of 23 met to discuss the need of establishing a new Southern Baptist Church in a strategic area of Enid. The group elected a Building and Site Committee and established the name Emmanuel – God with us. Letters of fellowship were granted by First Baptist Church of Enid for the establishment of the new church. The first service was held on the new property at 2505 Lahoma Road (now Garriott Road) under the shade trees on August 27, 1961; 103 people were in attendance. Emmanuel Baptist Church was officially Incorporated on September 27, 1961. The first Pastor to receive a call from the newly formed church was Mack Roark in November 1961. The first sanctuary (currently referred to as the chapel) was dedicated on December 2, 1962, with 302 persons in attendance. Over the next two years, additions were made for the purpose of more classrooms and establishing a nursery.

  • July 1965 - Additional land was purchased giving the church a total of 7 acres.

  • February 1968 - Emmanuel’s members approved the long-range plan of constructing a new sanctuary and paving the driveway and parking lot. Shortly after, Pastor Roark resigned to return to school for his doctorate.

  • November 1968 - Bobby Sunderland became the second pastor at Emmanuel and led the church until 1972. The pulpit was next filled by Dr. Joe Stith in 1973. 

  • June 1974 - The groundbreaking for a new sanctuary and administrative offices took place; unfortunately during this time, Dr. Stith resigned his post as Lead Pastor. 

  • 1975 - Brad Allen served a very short position as Lead Pastor, and later the same year, James Reimer accepted a call to Emmanuel.

  • June 1975 - A dedication of the sanctuary took place; it was in 1978 that a new educational unit was completed.

  • 1979 - James Reimer left the position of Lead Pastor, and later this same year, Hayes Wicker accepted the call from Emmanuel.

  • 1981 - The church began a formal Christian Education program for students K-6th grade. The growth of this program led to the construction of a 3-story education building, which was dedicated in 1984.

  • 1985 - Hayes Wicker left the Lead Pastor role. Over the next few years, the now Dr. Mack Roark served in interim pastoral roles. Gary Smith assumed a call from 1986-91.

Wade Burleson was called as Lead Pastor on February 2, 1992. Wade will serve in the role of Lead Pastor for 30 years at Emmanuel, retiring on February 2, 2022. During the leadership of Wade, a multi-purpose building was dedicated in 1993, the sanctuary was remodeled twice, additional land was acquired to the East of the property (Grace Place), and online/social media for the church has kept the message of grace available to people around the globe.


About the Lead Pastor:

The Lead Pastor shall be responsible for leading others to carry out the purpose and mission statement of Emmanuel Enid. The Lead Pastor, or the Pastor he assigns, shall provide comprehensive reports to the Leadership Team and church congregation regarding church matters. He shall oversee the implementation of church policies and procedures and serve as the spiritual leader of the church in terms of her teaching ministries. The Lead Pastor shall also act as the representative of the church to the public, to voluntary and community organizations, and to state and national conventions.


The Lead Pastor Will: 

  • Actively provide pastoral care, counseling, and other ministries to the membership of Emmanuel Enid through hospital visitation, in-home visitation for deaths and other crises, funeral services, weddings, births, marriage counseling, and crisis counseling, as needed.

  • Follow up with new families that attend worship services and help get them plugged into ministry opportunities.

  • Assist with the hospital care and visitation of members and others with ties to Emmanuel Enid through weekly hospital visitations.

  • Cooperate with other pastoral staff in promoting the entire ministry vision of Emmanuel Enid.

  • Attend weekly pastoral staff meetings and serve on Leadership Team meetings as needed.

  • Provide direct oversight in personnel matters working with the Personnel Committee and support staff assigned with Human Resources responsibilities.

  • Serve as Ex-officio member on all church committees.

  • Provide oversight of all church finances/budget.

  • Become an official member and participate actively in multiple civic clubs and volunteer organizations.

  • Provide spiritual and moral accountability to all staff and staff families.

  • Communicate any issues which are hindering the performance of duties or ideas to improve service.

  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Leadership Team.


What You Bring: 

Education & Experience

  • BS/BA required.

  • Master of Divinity degree or its experiential equivalent is preferred.

  • Must have ordination with the SBC.

  • 5+ years of teaching and multi-staff leadership in a congregation of 500+ is preferable.

Personal Characteristics

  • Proven administrative and leadership abilities, which includes developing a team of leaders in carrying out the church ministry.

  • A proven role model in interpersonal relationships with all ages.   


What it's Like to Live in Enid, Oklahoma: 

Enid, Oklahoma, with a population of just over 50,000 people, maintains a quiet, small-town atmosphere. The city is centered around Vance Air Force Base, and many of the families of the enlisted personnel speak of what a friendly community Enid is. People are neighborly and willing to help in whatever way they can.

Though it is a quiet place, Enid still has plenty of things to do for fun! Every spring, Enid hosts the annual Tri-State Music Festival that began in 1932. It got its name from the original participating states of Oklahoma, Texas, and Kansas, and the event includes a parade, carnival, and jazz festival. Additionally, the city is home to the Enid Symphony Orchestra,  a symphonic ensemble that enriches the quality of life in the Greater Enid area and serves as a cultural ambassador to the region and state. Founded in 1906, the performances have audiences of over 10,000  annually.

If you love simple traditions, Red Bird Farm is the place for you. In the summer, you can go pick your own blackberries, and in the winter, you can cut down your own Christmas tree. Throughout the year, this cute and customary farm offers a variety of classes like cake decorating, wreath making, and flower workshops. If you are an avid golfer, you will find two 18-hole courses in Enid as well as two mini-golf courses and a disc golf course. The Enid Recreational Trail offers a safe and convenient place for walkers, runners, cyclists, and more. It connects residential areas of the city to other significant outdoor locations like lakes and parks. Speaking of, Enid has over 30 parks and recreational facilities, amounting to more than 400 acres in total.

The city has cultural and historical diversity that can be seen in the beautiful array of sculptures and murals that total to just over 60 pieces of public art, scattered throughout the city and downtown area. Enid has a low cost of living and good schools. Higher education is seamless in Enid. Enid is home to Autry Technology Center, Northern Oklahoma Junior College, and Northwestern Oklahoma State University.  It is a great area for families and those looking for a quiet and sustainable place to live.

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