Dr. Chad Hardbarger, Pastor

Bro. Chad accepted the calling of God to Emmanuel in 2011 and graduated with a D.Min. Expository Preaching the same year. As a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, his sole desire is to live his life for the glory of God and to proclaim His Word clearly and passionately.
He and his wife Marsha have been married since 2003 and have eight adopted children. When he is not out on visitation or preparing for his sermons, he enjoys little league sports with his kids, fishing and hunting, going out on lunch dates with his wife, reading books, exercising at the gym, playing around on the piano, and travelling with his family.

2Paul DeRousse, Associate Pastor/Senior Adult Minister

After serving in Music Ministry for forty years, Bro. Paul began serving as Associate Pastor/Senior Adult Minister in June of 2015. Bro. Paul grew up in a military family and has lived in many different places. He and his wife, Cathy, have degrees from Oklahoma Baptist University (where they met) and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Over forty years, they have served churches in Oklahoma, Texas, New York and Louisiana. He and Cathy have been serving at Emmanuel since 1999. They have three grown sons and four lovely grandchildren.
In his new position, Bro. Paul hopes to serve the church through administration and by assisting the pastor in areas of discipleship and outreach. He hopes that his organizational skills will be an asset in making Emmanuel Baptist Church more effective in its Kingdom work.

Harold Ashcraft – Minister of Music

Bro. Harold was born and raised in Natchitoches, Louisiana, where he was a member of the First Baptist Church. Throughout his youth he was involved heavily in church music and graded choirs. After graduating from Northwestern State University in 1982 with a Bachelor of Music Degree in Vocal Performance, he completed graduate studies at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg.
As a graduate student, he excelled in Classical Opera and Musical Theater. But in 1986, God called him to leave the secular arena of music and to use his talents in Gospel music. Since that time, he has served as a Minister of Music in several churches, and he has served as a soloist and tenor singer in various Southern Gospel quartets in Shreveport.??
Bro. Harold has been married for thirty years to his college sweetheart, Lori, and he is blessed to be the father of two beautiful daughters, Katie and Sarah.

Austin Bedwell, Minister of Youth

Bro. Austin was born and raised in Thomasville, Alabama, where he was a member at Thomasville Baptist Church. He came to know the Lord at the age of nine and surrendered to the ministry of the Gospel at the age of fourteen.  He has earned a B.S. in Theology from the University of Mobile and is currently working toward a M.A. in Apologetics from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. 
Bro. Austin has a strong burden to reach the next generation for Christ, and he enjoys working with our youth. When he is not at church, you might find him running or bicycling. He also might be reading a book or hanging out with his friends from church.

3Denise Griffin, Minister of Children

Denise is a native of Shreveport and grew up in Emmanuel Baptist Church. She accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior, and she is a graduate of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary with a degree in Christian Ministry, Preschool & Children. Denise joined the staff at Emmanuel as Children’s Director in 2009. Denise is married to Bob Griffin. They have twin daughters and ten grandchildren.
Denise’s prayer is that every child that comes to Emmanuel will grow to have a personal relationship with Jesus and experience the love of Jesus at Emmanuel.
Administrative Assistants
Judy Haralson, Office Secretary
Kathleen, Financial Secretary
Nursery Workers
Kim Pao
Marjorie Riley
Ron Massey
Cathy DeRousse
Sound Operator
Matt Barlow
Jerry Hollis
Jennifer Robinson
Facilities Manager
Bill Allen