Alan Griffith, Pastor
Rev. Alan Griffith has been the pastor at Emmanuel since October 1988. For 17 years he served the church in a bi-vocational capacity, until January 2006 when he quit his secular job and went full time at the church. He is a graduate of Central High School in Phenix City and of Bethany Bible College of Dothan, AL where he earned a Graduate of Theology Degree, ThG.
He was married to his wife, Reba for 41 years. She went to be with the Lord September 1, 2017 as a result of Pancreatic Cancer. He has two children; Brad Griffith – married to Katie, who have three children, Gracie, Noah and Omarion; and Kimberly – married to Ben Elliott, who have two children, Libby and Troy.
There are three things that have guided him in his ministry; love the people, preach the Word, but most of all, love God with all your heart.
His favorite verse is 1 John 5:13, “These things I have written unto you who believe on the name of the Son of God; that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe on the name of the Son of God.”
Becky Tilley, Music Director
Becky Tilley has been the music director at Emmanuel since 2005. She is bi-vocational and currently is employed by Anthem. She has been married to Adam Tilley for 16 years and they have two sons, Brodie and Aiden.
Becky loves music and the Lord has blessed her with a beautiful singing voice and great talent in directing our Adult Choir. She graduated from Smiths Station High School then obtained an Associate of Science in Music Degree from Chattahoochee Valley Community College.
Her favorite scripture is I John 4:18, “There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.”
Heath Day, Youth Minister
Heath Day started in June of 2018 as youth minister at Emmanuel. He is bi-vocational meaning his “day job” is a Commercial Evaluator for Arrow Exterminators. Heath was born and raised in Phenix City; graduated from Smiths Station High School and Chattahoochee Valley Community College (with various certificates).
Heath married his best friend, Jean and they have two children, Andrew and Sara and a 10 year old Weimaraner named Stormy. Heath says, “don’t tell the dog she is a dog because she thinks she’s our baby girl”.
Heath and Jean have a passion for youth. “We want every youth, young adult, to know that they are loved, that they have a safe place to land, and that God has a special plan for them. Teaching them about Christ, watching Him draw them to Him, and learning how to serve others and Christ together is our goal. It is an honor to serve the youth of Emmanuel Baptist Church!”
Heath’s favorite scriptures are “Though your beginning was insignificant, yet your end will increase greatly”. Job 8:7; “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not calamity to give you a future and a hope”. Jeremiah 29:11; “The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous runs into it and is safe”. Proverbs 18:10
Angela Smith, Ministry Assistant
Angela Smith has served Emmanuel as part time secretary since January 2016. She also serves as part time secretary at North Phenix Baptist Church, Phenix City. She graduated from Opelika High School then obtained an Associate of Science Degree in Music from Southern Union State Community College and a Bachelor of Arts in Religion Degree from Samford University in Birmingham.
She has been married to Victor Smith for 28 years. Angela and Victor have 5 children, Melissa Moore (husband, Dale Moore), Michael (wife Chance), Timothy (wife Crystal), Victoria and Anthony. They have 1 grandchild Tripp Howard Smith.
Her favorite scripture comes from The Message Translation, “Get down on your knees before the Master; it’s the only way you’ll get on your feet.” James 4:10