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Emmanuel Baptist Church, formerly Longview Baptist Temple, has held a rich heritage of people and pastors since her founding in 1960. Founding pastor, Nihl Bulkley Sr., was led of God, through the authority of his home church in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, to plant a church in Longview, TX. This resulted in the founding of Longview Baptist Temple. From her humble beginnings in an old farmhouse on Spring Hill Road, LBT then moved to Jenny St. and then, in 1971, moved to her current location on Loop 281.


Two decades passed, and in 1993 a new balcony was added as well as a new grade-school building, a new dining hall, and a new three-story dormitory. Another 20 years saw the interior of nearly every building remodeled to stay fresh and clean. While contractors were at work to keep the interior of the buildings updated, God continued working on the people. Missions and outreach programs were re-kindled, new church plants were established, and the current core values of our church were adopted. Recognizing that God was at work, the church voted in September of 2019 to change the name of the church, and, in October of 2019, adopted a name that reflected the journey of the church… Emmanuel Baptist Church –“God with us.”

Pastor Gray, now the sixth pastor of the church, has continued to grow the vision of the church by mobilizing focused outreach teams to help meet the daily spiritual and physical needs of others. Emmanuel accomplishes this through strategic partnerships with the local food bank, rescue mission, hospitals, nursing homes, and other local cause groups. Emmanuel Baptist Church exists to show the glory of God through loving and caring for Longview.


We invite you to learn more about us - and hope that you will plan a visit soon! If you have questions, please contact us and let us be a resource to you and your family. 

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Dr. Bob Gray II

Senior Pastor

Pastor Gray is the sixth senior pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church. He is also Chancellor of Texas Independent Baptist Seminary & Schools, and Chancellor of Longview Christian Academy


John Robinson

Assistant Pastor

Bro. John Robinson is the Media director for EBC. In addition, he also directs the congregational singing for all services. 


John Smith

Assistant Pastor

Bro. John Smith  directs the Emmanuel Adult Choir. Along with being Pastor Gray's administrative assistant, he also teaches Level 1 of the New Believers Discipleship Class.


Jordan Gray

Assistant Pastor

Bro. Jordan is the 412 Youth Pastor for our7-9th grade. He also oversee the livestream ministry and teaches in LCA.


Mitchell Haley

Assistant Pastor

Bro. Mitchell Haley



Take a moment to enjoy the most recent sermon. We hope it's helpful and aiding in your walk with Christ. 


Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.