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Lead Pastor

johnkaren_smallPastor John and Karen Ames

John grew up in Wayland, Massachusetts in a family of six children. His interests were sports and music. Graduating from High School in 1971, he went on to UMASS in Amherst and graduated in 1975 with a B.S. in Physical Education and Health. During the 70’s he was involved in a collegiate and high school discipleship ministry with the Navigators, joining the staff in Boston working with college students for two years.

Karen grew up in Lancaster, Massachusetts and met John earlier in life through a youth ministry. Karen pursued studies in nursing and she also was involved in discipleship ministry in Maine and Boston. They were married in 1981. John pursued seminary studies while pastoring in Norwood, MA and graduated from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in 1985 with his MDIV degree.

Pastor of Youth & Families

sm_mike_mcgarry_bw_crop2Pastor Mike and Tracy McGarry (and Matthew & Hannah)

Mike grew up in Easton as the youngest of four and graduated from Oliver Ames High School.  He loves the Patriots, reading theology, and spending time with his family.  He graduated from Gordon College with his B.A. in 2002 and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary with his M.Div. in 2005, his Doctor of Ministry in 2014. Mike has served as the Pastor of Student Ministries at Emmanuel since July, 2005 and is committed to making a difference for Christ in the lives of teenagers and their families.  He serves as an Assistant Coach for the throwers on a local Track & Field team and blogs on the youth ministry’s website: www.crosswalking.net.  

Tracy grew up in Hyde Park but moved to Easton in Junior High.  She studied Communications before receiving her Masters in Special Education and works as a Middle School Teacher locally.  Mike and Tracy were married in July, 2004 and welcomed their son Matthew in January, 2008 and Hannah in November, 2010. 

Pastor of Worship & Outreach

Hoglund_revPastor Pete and Becky Hoglund

Pete grew up in Burnsville Minnesota one of three children. He enjoys music, being outdoors, movies and reading. Graduating from High School in 1982 he went on to graduate from Bethel College in St. Paul, MN 1988 earning his BA in communications.

Becky grew up in Prospect Heights Illinois and met Pete while working on her undergraduate degree at Bethel. She graduated from Bethel in 1989 earning her BA in communications. Becky enjoys being outdoors and exercise, spending time with her family, reading, casual dinning with friends at home and a night at the movies. Both Pete and Becky have been active in discipleship and outreach in local church ministry since high school.

Office Manager
bobbie_smallOffice Manager Bobbie Strauss
I have been truly blessed to serve the Lord and our church family as the office manager (alias church secretary) since July 2000. It has been a humbling yet joyful experience to be a part of the ministry at Emmanuel Baptist Church. My husband, Keith, and I ventured to New England from the Midwest. We have been at EBC for over twenty years now and raised our children in this church. We're so thankful that God planted us here to glorify and serve Him.

Contact EBC

Contact EBC

Emmanuel Baptist Church
PO Box 145 · 63 Rockwood Road (Route 115) · Norfolk · MA 02056
508-528-5862 · ebcoffice@comcast.net