We are a Gospel community sharing hope, shaping believers,
and serving Christ together.
Immanuel Baptist Church
Join us Sundays at 10:30am!                                         
69 Saunders Rd. Newport News, VA 23601
Contact us: (757)596-2525
Email: immanuel757office@gmail.com
David Teem
Lead Pastor
Pastor David is the main teaching elder  
here at Immanuel Baptist Church. He has
been working in church ministry since
2008. His favorite part of the job is taking
the truths of scripture and showing how its
ancient wisdom still solves modern
problems. Around here, we call that truth
with handles. He has been married to his
wonderful wife Amy since 2004. Together 
they have 5 children that keep them full
time running to softball and swimming
Brenden Lawson
Pastor of Youth & Worship
Pastor Brenden has been at Immanuel since 2015. He loves teaching the high school and middle school students about the Bible and giving them opportunities to live out their faith through serving. In addition, he plays guitar (and sometimes keyboard) while leading our praise band. Brenden is famous for marrying Jaime, who helps out a lot with our ladies ministry. He also has two teenage kids and his family loves hanging out at the beach!
Felicia Gregory
Administrative Assistant & Treasurer

Felicia has been on staff at Immanuel since June 2008.  She enjoys her church family and supporting all of the ministries at Immanuel. Felicia has been married to her high school sweetheart Bruce since 1980. Felicia and Bruce have been members of Immanuel since 1997. They have two wonderful daughters, one awesome son-in-love and three of the best grandchildren ever!  She enjoys spending time with her family, reading and traveling.

Amy Teem
Children’s Ministry Director
Amy has been the director of “Kids on the Way” ministry at Immanuel since 2020 and is passionate about seeing kids grow in their knowledge and love of God. She is currently enrolled at Dallas Theological Seminary (DC Campus) studying for her Masters in Christian Education with an emphasis in children’s ministry. Amy is married to Pastor David and spends most of the time she is not at church homeschooling their five children, coaching softball, and enjoying family time.
Bruce and Felicia
Bruce Gregory
Bruce has been an active member of Immanuel since 1997. He has served as a Deacon, Chairman of Deacons, and adult Bible study teacher. He is a retired U.S. Air Force officer, and currently works as an Air Force Civilian at Langley AFB. In 1980 he married his high school sweetheart, Felicia, and together they have two daughters and three grandchildren. He is an avid hunter and loves watching the grandchildren play Little League Baseball and Softball.
The Schroeder Family
John Shroeder
John has served in various ministries at Immanuel since 1985- including teaching Sunday School & our Men’s Bible study, working with organizations that minister to the homeless, and serving on the Virginia Baptist Disaster Response Team. John also has a passion for missions. He has gone on various trips to Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in South Dakota, Nickelsville in Southwest Virginia, Mexico City, and Yendi, Ghana. He has been married since 1969 to his awesome wife, Lynda with whom they have 5 children, 12 grandchildren, and 5 great grandchildren.
Rob and Charla
Rob Swale
Rob accepted Christ as his Savior and was baptized as a young teenager in Albany, GA. After graduating college he became an Air Force Officer and retired after 26 years of military service. His Air Force career brought him to Langley AFB and to Immanuel where he has been a member since 1999. He has served on various ministry teams in addition to being deacon for multiple years. Rob married his college sweetheart, Charla, and together they have four wonderful children and eight grandchildren! Rob enjoys watching Braves baseball and Bulldogs football and is always up for playing sports trivia!
What We Believe
There is only one God, eternally existent in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:19; 1 John 4:13-15)
The Holy Bible is God’s written revelation of Himself and His plan; written by men divinely inspired of God, infallible and authoritative. (2 Timothy 3:16-17; Psalm 119:9-24)
Man was created in a state of holiness and union with God and became separated from God by sin originally through yielding to the temptation of Satan. (Genesis 3:1-13; Romans 5:12)
Jesus Christ was God the Son incarnate. His was a Virgin Birth; a sinless life; and a clear demonstration of His deity via the miracles He performed and the perfect sacrifice He made for atonement of man’s sins. Jesus was resurrected from the grave in body and spirit; ascended to the right hand of God in heaven; and will visibly and personally return to earth in power and glory. (Matthew 28:5-7; Acts 1:9-11)
Man is restored to relationship with God (salvation) only by accepting the deity and substitute sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ through the forgiving grace of God lest no man should boast of his own righteousness. (Hebrews 4:14-16; Matthew 1:18)
Every believer in Jesus Christ has direct access to God wih no human mediator. The believer is privileged to read and interpret the Scriptures as guided by God the Holy Spirit. (1 Timothy 2:5; Hebrews 4:16, John 14:13-14; 1 John 1:9; Hebrews 9:12-24;                 2 Corinthians 5:17-20)
All humans are spiritual beings and have free will to choose eternal life with God through repentance of sins and faith in Jesus Christ or eternal separation from God in Hell by rejecting Jesus Christ as Lord. (1 John 5:11-13)
Marriage is defined as a holy covenant relationship between one man and one woman. A person may be legally married to only one person at any one point in time. Marriages outside of these parameters will not be performed by church ministers nor performed on church property. (Genesis 2:22-24; Romans 7:2-3; Hebrews 13:4)