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Lead Pastor - Peter Spragg 

Peter Spragg was born in Manchester, England in 1954. After graduating from college, he joined the merchant navy as a radio/electronics officer and worked for CP Ships. In this role he had the opportunity to travel the world. Peter met his wife Gill in England and were married in 1976. They have four children, who are now all married, and they have 14 grandchildren.

Both Peter and Gill became  Christian's in 1979. They had been going through a struggle in their marriage and God used that to lead them to salvation. They emigrated to Canada in 1980, along with their daughter Nicola, who was two years old at the time.  Since the merchant navy days, Peter has worked as an electronics foreman for the Iron Ore Company of Canada and as a salesman of electronic test equipment, prior to going to Bible college in 1983.  They were originally thinking of becoming missionaries, but God had other idea's, and after graduating from Bible college he became the pastor of Bloomfield Standard church, where he served for seven years. 

Peter and Gill left that church to focus on raising their family, he started a publishing business, but remained very involved in youth ministry and leading Bible studies.  In 2004, God called Peter to Emmanuel Baptist Church, and he became pastor here in December of that year.  "It has been amazing to be involved in the ministry here at Emmanuel," says Peter.  "God has blessed us with a tremendous group of people who want to be used by God in bringing the message of salvation to Prince Edward County and beyond." Contact Pastor Peter @ peter@emmanuellife.com

Pastor Shawn Hippern (Discipleship Pastor & Administration)

Shawn was born in Toronto and raised in Foster care from the age of 3. At age 13 he came to know the Lord at Cobourg Fellowship Baptist Church and was soon baptized. After graduating from Emmanuel  Bible College in 1997, He was married to Sarah and went into full time Ministry. He served for 4 years as a Youth Pastor at Wheatley Baptist Church, in Wheatley Ontario followed by 10 years as the Pastor of Youth and Young Families at Shenstone Baptist Church in Brantford, Ontario. Shawn Came to Emmanuel with in April 2017 with His four Kids, Kayla, Micah, Emma & Paul. Contact Shawn at shawn@emmanuellife.com 


Sarah Armstrong (Children's Ministries)

Sarah leads a team of outstanding volunteers who care passionately for children and believe nothing is more important than knowing and following Jesus. Sarah volunteered in Kids Min for a dozen years while God prepared her to become Children’s Director at Emmanuel. She loves to spend time with kids playing and praying and growing. Sarah married the love of her life, Mark, over 20 years ago, loves spending time with her 3 daughters and would rather be in the woods than in a mall. Contact Sarah at sarah@emmanuellife.com

Pastor Daniel Dayton (Worship & Youth Director)

Dan is a County boy who has a heart to see God’s people sing His praises and to see student’s faith come to life. Dan and his wife, Julie, have four children. He is currently working on his Master of Divinity through Northwest Baptist Seminary. Contact Dan @ dan@emmanuellife.com



Rachel Conley (Congregational Care)

 Rachel is a true county girl. She was born here, grew up a dairy farmers daughter working hard on the family farm and feels so blessed to continue to call The County her home. Rachel gave her heart to the Lord in her teen years when a cute looking guy at school talked to her about Jesus. Years later she married that guy (Ken) and they now have 4 wonderful kids.  As a family they have attended Emmanuel since 2008. Before her kids were born Rachel worked as a Registered Practical Nurse in long term care. She loves caring for people and her her role as Congregational Care director allows her the privilege of visiting the Congregation, caring for their needs and helping them connect to others within the church community. Currently she is finishing her certificate in Christian ministry through Eternity Bible College