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Lead Pastor

Portrait John and KarenPastor 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, running 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 or a night at the movies. Both Pete and Becky have been active in discipleship and outreach in local church ministry since high school. They have been married 28 years and have four children, Noah (25), Elsa, (23), Gretta (20), Olivia (17) and a foster daughter 9mo.

After Becky graduated Pete soon took a job with a pharmaceutical firm which brought them to Sioux Falls South Dakota and then Rockford Illinois. While in college both Pete and Becky were active in ministry and in 1995 God called them to serve full time on staff with Campus Crusade for Christ as chaplains at Northwestern University, Evanston Illinois. As their experience, training and ministry developed it was clear that God had been preparing the two for serving in leadership in the local church.

In 2000 Pete joined the staff of Winnetka Bible Church in Winnetka Illinois as the pastor of contemporary worship and outreach. In 2003 Pete went back to school to earn his Master of Divinity from Moody Graduate School with a concentration on Spiritual Formations. While working on his Masters Pete also served in a part time capacity at Waters Edge Church in Carol Stream Illinois as their Pastor of Worship Arts. In July 2007 Pete, Becky and family moved from the Chicagoland area to join the pastoral staff of Emmanuel Baptist Church to serve as their pastor of Discipleship and Outreach and now serves as Pastor of Worship and Outreach.

Office Admin

Josh and CaitJosh and Cait King

Growing up in the Norwood/Walpole area, he graduated form Bridgewater State University with a B.A. with a Concentration in Graphic Design. Throughout college and beyond he volunteered with Young Life. It was during his time with Young Life that he met his wife Cait. They were married in 2009. He enjoys playing guitar and volunteering with EBC Youth. Lord willing, he plans to attend seminary in the not-so-distant future.

Cait grew up in Western Mass & Upstate New York. She attended Northeastern University where she received her BSN and currently works as a Registered Nurse at Boston Children's Hospital. She is an excellent cook and volunteers with  EBC Youth.


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Contact EBC

Emmanuel Baptist Church
PO Box 145 · 63 Rockwood Road (Route 115) · Norfolk · MA 02056
508-528-5862 · office@ebcnorfolk.org