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Sunday School

Since October of 2020 we have be using the Gospel Project as the focus study for all ages.  This study follows the church service, 11:15 until noon.


AWANA (Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed) is a global, nonprofit ministry committed to the belief that the greatest impact for Christ starts with kids who know, love and serve Him.


At Immanuel, AWANA is for any child age 3 before September 1 (and potty trained) through Grade 6.  Our AWANA clubs meet on Wednesday nights September thru April from 6:30 - 7:30 PM.  

Click for more info on AWANA at IBC

Men's Ministry

Our Men's Ministry is currently retooling with goals to provide fellowship, discipleship, and service to others.  See the Events page for time and location of the next service project. 

Women's Ministry

Our women are involved in regular service projects for the local Living Alternatives/Pregnancy Resource Center.  They also provide meals for those going through crisis situations or celebrating a new baby! 


Immanuel Baptist commits a large part of its annual budget to supporting missions both locally and around the world.  Church members also actively support and serve within the local missions and sometimes participate in short term work on the foreign field.

Youth Ministries

The goal of our youth group ministry to Junior and Senior High students is to grow in the Lord together while providing fun and fellowship.  See the Events page for up to date information.


Our church has a worship service which blends traditional hymns with praise choruses accompanied by both piano and sometimes organ.


Read Through the Bible

Members are encouraged to not only read the Bible daily, but to set a goal for reading the entire Bible annually.  There are many tools available to asist with this goal.  A few free ones are listed here:

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Church members at the 4th annual neighborhood service project, cleaning up nearby McBroom Park.


Philip Gardner

Senior Pastor

In March of 2014, Philip C. Gardner accepted the position of Senior Pastor at Immanuel Baptist church.  Philip has been at IBC since April of 2010, previously serving as Associate Pastor focusing on youth and young adults.  He is a graduate of Emmaus Bible College in Dubuque, Iowa, holding a Bachelor of Science degree in Biblical Studies.  Pastor Philip completed a Master of Divinity degree in 2018 through Liberty Theological Seminary in Lynchburg, Va. 


Philip and his wife Tali have four children. Philip enjoys spending time with his family as well as reading, and playing with a camera from time to time.  


“It is my hope that as people visit us here at Immanuel they will find a place filled with people they can relate to;  focusing on Christ who gives us the strength and the hope to face each day.  Life is too short not to be genuine.”

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Contact Us

Feel free to communicate prayer requests, answered prayers, praises, concerns and/or needs through this form:

(815) 933-6619

(815) 933-6983 FAX

1300 West Hawkins

Kankakee, Illinois  60901



Baptist Church

Kankakee, Illinois

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