|A Bit of EBC History|
Emmanuel Baptist Church began public services on Palm Sunday in 1966 at Rockville Chapel in Millis. In 1964, following the Billy Graham Crusade in Boston Garden, Hully and Marie Tolander sponsored a Bible study in their home. The group was a gathering of 25-30 men and women. They began to pray about a new church in Norfolk.
At the same time, Evangelical Baptist Church in Norwood, Ma. under the leadership of Rev. Cliff Anderson felt led to consider forming a new evangelical church in Norfolk. Some families from EBC Norwood had moved to the Norfolk area and were anxious to start a new church.
With 24 charter members, Emmanuel Baptist Church was incorporated on October 18th, 1966. The current location had its first sanctuary built in 1967. Since that time, Emmanuel has undergone three phases of construction including a new sanctuary, youth room, and multi-purpose space off the current sanctuary. The parsonage was renovated to become the new office building.
Average attendance is between 250 and 300 on a Sunday morning. Emmanuel is part of the Northeast Baptist Conference district - Converge Northeast and a part of the Baptist General Conference denomination - Converge Worldwide. A more expanded history is available in the document section which can be downloaded.