Meet the leadership team at Emmanuel!
Jonathan and Deborah Moved to Pembrokeshire in 2001, and started Emmanuel Gospel Church in 2003
Jonathan was converted to Christianity in 1975 at a Don Double meeting. On hearing a clear gospel message, he responded and had a life transforming encounter with God. He says “On hearing and responding to the Gospel, suddenly the things I had heard of Jesus made the journey from my head to my heart”
During His time at Wisley Horticultural College in 1980, God spoke to him of his calling, and particularly highlighted the last words of Marks gospel, with the command to lay hands upon the sick. It was following this that miracles began to happen.
Jonathan pastored in Fleet, Hampshire from 1986 to 2000, and together with his wife, Debbie, founded the church here in 2003. During theses years, he has been involved in much outreach ministry, and seen many come to know God in a personal way. He has preached all over the UK, in Europe, and Asia.
Jonathan Is passionate about the simple truth’s of the gospel, and desires to spread this message of truth as far as God enables.
Deborah became a Christian in the late 1980’s at an outreach run by her now husband, Jonathan. Since then, praise and worship has been a driving force in her walk with the Lord, and she currently leads worship at Emmanuel.
Her experience has seen many receive the provisions promised in Gods word as they have made the sacrifice of praise. She encourages others to recognize that it is important to put God first, to give Him the glory, and to look beyond their situations. She says “As we praise and worship the Lord despite our circumstances, faith is released in us for God to bring breakthroughs, i.e. miracles, healing and salvation.
Debbie has received personal miracles in her life as she has looked to the Lord and beyond her circumstances, and she love to encourage others to step out in faith and do lifewise.
Her singing gift has been recognized as God’s calling on her life, and she uses it to convey the powerful truth of the gospel.
Ed has a big heart for the Word and the Spirit combined, and believes that a strong emphasis on both will be vital in this coming next move of God.
He is called to teach and move in a prophetic anointing as the Lord wills, and has an emphasis upon teaching themes that encourage faith and a knowledge of who the believer is in Christ.
Jan came to Christ when she was a student at Bath university, studying modern languages. Subsequently after graduating, she worked a year for a church in Cardiff. After that, she went and lived as a missionary in Spain for two years.
Returning to Britain to study at a Bible collage founded by Colin Urquhart, she met her future husband Edward. She stayed and worked for the ministry for several years, and then went to Spain again for further missionary work.
After marrying Edward, she has supported and been actively involved in the work that they together have been called to do. In particular, Jan has a heart and grace for prayer and intercession, and a desire to see broken relationships restored.
Jackie is an assistant pastor at Emmanuel, and also a worship leader. Jackie came to know her Saviour Jesus at a very early age of five. In a simple childlike faith she repented of her sins and asked Jesus to be the Lord of her life. Her family were Christians and impacted on her life through their own testimony and walk with the Lord.
She was privileged to meet wonderful preachers and teachers in her home over the years, those that had given and dedicated their lives to God and in some instances faced persecution in jail.
At times, she was challenged by her own walk with the Lord in her young life, none more so when her evangelist father died when when she was approaching her teenage years as a result of a tragic accident. Her faith matured even more and by her early twenties she was preaching amongst women’s groups. She became part of the leadership of a national women’s bible study conference for a number of years. Much of her service in the Church has been evangelical, prayer ministry, leadership. Her music ministry has flowed throughout most of her life, starting from the age of 8 when she sang in Churches as her dad preached. At present she is a co-worship leader and fulfilled her desire to record a CD in 2008.