Pastor Bob Curley
Bob holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in literature from Wichita State University. He has also taken classes at Golden Gate Seminary’s Brea, California campus as well as Westminster Seminary California. Bob’s first pastorate was the First Baptist Church of Lawndale, CA, where he served for more than three years. After assisting FBC Lawndale to call another pastor, Bob pastored the Calvary Southern Baptist Church in El Monte, CA for twelve years. He led the church through reformation and continued serving in the church, renamed the El Monte Reformed Baptist Church, for an additional four years. Since the church was located in a predominantly Latino community, Bob studied Spanish at a local college, and during his last five years in the church he preached and pastored in both Spanish and English. Bob has been actively involved in the work of five church plants located in California, Texas, Minnesota, and British Columbia. God saved Bob when he was forty years old. Prior to entering the gospel ministry, Bob did some volunteer work with the Salvation Army, and was involved with Christ for India, an organization that provided support and encouragement to indigenous churches in India. It was during a trip to India that God began to call Bob to the preaching ministry. Bob also served as a member of the Board of Directors of Arcadia Christian School in Arcadia, CA for seven years. In addition to his ministry-related experiences, Bob has completed a career with the Federal Bureau of Prisons as a Human Resources Director and Associate Warden. He was a paratrooper with the 101st Airborne Division and served in Vietnam. Bob is married and has five adult children and seven grandchildren.
Pastor Steve Garrick
Pastor Garrick was saved at a young age, being raised in church. After high school, he graduated with a B.A. in Theology in 1984 from the Baptist Bible College of Springfield, MO. It was here that he met his wife Randie. After graduation, he first served as an associate pastor at Grace Baptist Church in Bluffton, IN in 1985. In 1987, he was called as the pastor of Fellowship Baptist Church near Palo Pinto, TX. While pastoring, his studies led him further into understanding reformed theology. In 1991, he took a job with the Social Security Administration, working there for the next ten years. At that time, he also joined the Heritage Baptist Church of Mansfield, TX - a Reformed Baptist church. The church called him as a pastor in 1992. He served the church bi-vocationally until 2001, when the church was able to provide for him full-time. In 2012, Pastor Garrick began working with Pastor Curley to help start Emmanuel Reformed Baptist in Georgetown.
Pastor Garrick and his wife have three children; a nephew whom they count as one of their own children; and seven grandchildren.
Pastor BJ Le Gras
Pastor BJ Le Gras was saved as a teenage before enlisting in the Marines. During his tours of duty there was little external evidence of spiritual grown until his engagement with the Navigators, a discipleship ministry. While serving in the Marines, BJ obtained a B. A. in English from the University of Maryland and a MSA in Business Administration from Central Michigan University. After completing his active-duty service, he earned a MDiv with Biblical Languages from Southwestern Baptist Theology Seminary where he met his wife Cheryl, they have not been blessed with children. BJ is pursuing a DMin (ABD) from Knox Theology Seminary. He served nine years as a bi-vocational pastor in Schertz, TX. During his seminary training and while pastoring, he gained a greater understanding of reformed theology. BJ remains a bi-vocational pastor with Emmanuel and also serves as a chaplain in the Texas State Guard.
Pastor Matt Vincent
Pastor Vincent grew up in a Christian home and made a profession of faith at a young age. He has a B.A. in History and enjoys the excitement of reading about past cultures and people. After many years of faithful membership in various Reformed Baptist churches, he served briefly as a deacon at Heritage Baptist Church in Mansfield, TX until 2012. In May of 2015 he received a Masters of Divinity from Westminster Seminary California. In June of that year he, along with his family, moved back to Texas to intern at Emmanuel Reformed Baptist Church. On June 19, 2016, he was ordained to the gospel ministry. He has participated in church planting work in British Columbia and Minnesota. Matthew finished his four-year enlistment with the U.S. Army in 2002, as a gunner on an M1A2 Abrams tank in the 1st Cavalry Division. He is married to Ruth and they have 3 children.