What We Believe

About God

God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. They are co-equal and are one God. The Son, being Jesus Christ, co-equal with the Father, lived a sinless human life and offered himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He rose from the grave three days later and ascended into heaven to sit at the right hand of God the Father. He will return someday to reign as King of Kings.

about the bible

The Bible is God's Word to us. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it has salvation for its end and is truth without any mixture of error.

about salvation

Salvation is God's free gift to us, but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works but only by trusting Jesus Christ as God's gift of forgiveness. We must confess our sins and repent and turn from our selfish life and turn to Jesus in faith that we may be saved. Once you are saved, you are saved for eternity and if you have been genuinely saved, you cannot lose your salvation. It is maintained by grace and the power of God.

About the church

A New Testament church of the Lord Jesus Christ is a local body of baptized believers who are associated by their common faith and fellowship with Jesus. The local church observes two ordinances: (1) baptism and (2) the Lord's Supper. Baptism is by full immersion in water symbolizing the death and resurrection to new life Jesus brings. The Lord's Supper is a symbolic act of obedience in remember the broken body and shed blood of Jesus Christ. We remember his death and anticipate his coming.

  • Ryan Buck

    Senior pastor

    pastoral staff lead

    Pastor Ryan grew up at Immanuel and after following the Lord into marriage, seminary, and ministry, he returned after 20 years to serve as Senior Pastor in June of 2020.  Ryan has been married to Rachel for 18 years, which has produced 4 children, earned a MDiv from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and has served in churches across Texas.  He loves fishing, hunting, and spending time with his family.

  • Scott farris

    Executive pastor, Pastoral Staff

    support staff lead

    Scott grew up in San Angelo and attended Baptist Temple where he accepted Christ at the age of 8. He graduated high school at Lakeview where he met Penny and they were married in 1984. They have 3 Children and 2 Grandchildren. Scott joined the San Angelo Fire Dept. in ’92 and became a firefighter/paramedic serving our community for over 24 yrs. Before retiring in 2016 as Assistant Chief. Scott is a certified public management graduate from Texas State University. He was a servant to Christ throughout his career. Scott became a member of IBC in 2012 and joined the IBC staff in 2019. 

  • Mike Dorman

    Family Pastor, pastoral staff

    Discipleship and Senior adults and ministry staff lead

    Michael Dorman was born in Farmington, New Mexico and moved to Snyder, Texas at age 10. He was saved and baptized at age 12.  He graduated High School and met his bride, Diane while in Snyder. They have been married since 1977. Mike and Diane have 2 grown children and 9 grandchildren. He began his ministry in 1981 and after graduating Bible College, has been involved with several churches as lead Pastor, associate and youth minister.  He loves reading, hunting, fishing, camping, ranching, and spoiling Grandkids as often as he can. Mike came to Immanuel as Family Pastor in December of 2020.  His primary responsibilities are Discipleship and Senior Adult Ministries. 

  • mike baker

    student minister, ministerial staff

    middle school, high school, and college

    Mike Baker was born and raised in Odessa, Texas.  He was saved and baptized at age 10. He attended Howard Payne University receiving two degrees: B.S. Computer Science, and B. A. in Applied Psychology.  This is where he met the love of his life – Libby.  He then attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and received a M.A. Religious Education.  Mike and Libby have two sons, Tyler and Grant.  Mike has always served in student ministry, FBC Collinsville, North Richland Hills Baptist Church, FBC Mineral Wells, Shady Oaks Baptist Church, Hurst, and Northside Baptist Church, Victoria.  Mike joined the staff of Immanuel Baptist Church in January of 2021 and serves as Pastor of Students and College.  He loves camping in Colorado and spending time with family and friends.

  • Cassie Blessing

    Children's minister, ministerial staff

    birth through 5th grade


  • kevin scott

    worship minister, ministerial staff

    worship ministry

    Kevin grew up at Immanuel so he was engaged in every ministry possible from Sunday School as a little dude, to playing music in youth, to acting in drama, to then teaching youth himself and playing music in “big church”.  He grew up in San Angelo and graduated from Lake View High School and then Angelo State University where he received a Master of Arts in Mathematics.  He went to work for Town & Country Food Stores (now Stripes) in 1994 and still works there today bi-vocationally in the IT department.  Kevin married Kimberly at Immanuel in 1992.  They have two kids, Kasey and Kyla.  Kevin loves to sing and make loud music to King Jesus.

  • ginger montgomery

    financial director, support staff

    Ginger has been married to Jeff for 22 years and has two children, Erin, 18 and Jackson, 16.  Her husband is retired Air Force and they have spent their first 18 years of their marriage moving all over the United States.  After Jeff retired in 2016, they moved back to Ginger’s hometown of Wall, Texas.   

    Ginger graduated with honors from Weber State University with an accounting degree in 1999.  She’s has worked with numerous non-profit organizations throughout her career, including a Catholic Convent, a regional fine arts council, and the Mean Green Marching Machine of Wall High School.     She has served as our Financial Director since August 2017.  She enjoys reading, camping, working in the yard and spending time with her family. 

  • ana fellers

    ft custodian, support staff


  • joe garcia

    pt custodian, support staff


  • regina steakley

    nursery


  • whitney thetford

    nursery