According to early church minutes, Emmanuel Baptist Church began as “the first Southern Baptist Church of Alexandria-Pineville, organized on Tuesday, September 6, 1881, with twelve charter members.” On March 30, 1893, the 56-member body held special services at the Alexandria courthouse and voted to acquire property in Alexandria, enlarge the work of the denomination in Alexandria and Pineville, and change its name to Emmanuel, meaning “God with us.” Alexandria is located in central Louisiana, and Emmanuel Baptist Church sits in Alexandria's downtown area. A family life center was added in the late 1970s. The church building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2001.
This collection contains church bulletins, Advent programs, and over 300 sermon recordings from 1998 to 2006, most by the church's pastor, Dr. Larry Taylor.
Emmanuel Baptist Church Records. Riley-Hickingbotham Library Archives and Special Collections, Ouachita Baptist University, Arkadelphia, Arkansas.