Welcome to Emmanuel Baptist Church, and to our website. We would love to share the love of Jesus Christ that emanates from all things Emmanuel. This love is evidenced by our Pastor, our members, our services, our wonderful choir, and the beautiful church with a long history of believers.
Please join us on Sunday for a service that will inspire you long after you leave the sanctuary. You will be especially inspired by the message given by our Pastor, Rev. Jim Miller. He never fails to touch our hearts and our souls. His words stay with us for days after we first hear them.
Emmanuel Baptist Church was started by thirteen Italian immigrants in 1893 as a mission church of the First Baptist Church of America in Providence, Rhode Island. They were Catholics with many religious questions, who also wanted to know the lessons of the scriptures. They all converted to the Baptist Faith and were baptized at the First Baptist Church in Providence.
The group of thirteen, and others who joined them, met first in homes, then in storefronts and small meeting rooms. In 1898, Rev. Vincenzo DiDomenica came to be their first pastor. The services were conducted in Italian, except for the Sunday School. In 1919, the group felt they were strong enough to form their own church, without the support of the First Baptist Church, and formed the First Italian Baptist Church in Providence. They dedicated themselves to be a Christian ministry to the North End community in Providence.
In 1924, after more than thirty years of moving from one meeting place to another, the congregation was able to build the church on Charles Street that we worship in today. It became the center of the lives of all the church families. They now had a place that they could call home.
In 1942 the First Italian Baptist Church changed its name to Emmanuel Baptist Church. It is a name that speaks more of who they had become, than where they came from. With many new members, many not Italian, the Italian influence had diminished. Services were then held in both English and Italian.
Today, Emmanuel is a diverse church of many nationalities, many of them recent immigrants, from Europe, Africa, and beyond. Emmanuel has come full circle. Services are now conducted in English. We have not forgotten our original mission, to learn the lessons of the scriptures and share the love of Jesus Christ, as a Christian ministry in the North End of Providence. Emmanuel does that for us and can do for you, as well.
Emmanuel is located at 529 Charles Street, Providence, Rhode Island. From Route 95, take exit 24, and drive west to Charles Street. Take a left on Charles Street, and the church is the second building on the left. The church parking lot is on Touro Street, behind the church, off Charles Street. The gate is open for all church events, including services, meetings, events, etc. There is also street parking available on Charles. Please do not park in the Walgreen's parking lot.