History

I Corinthians 3:10-13
[10] According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.
[11] For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
[12] Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;
[13] Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.

We are proud to know that God has blessed His Church these many years. We can trace our heritage back to 1861 when a circuit-riding preacher by the name of Amasa Gale began holding occasional meetings. In 1861, the Civil War had started, Abraham Lincoln was inaugurated as President. It is exciting to see how God built His Church in Menomonie. Officially, Immanuel Baptist Church began November 1886. There have been over 125 years of God’s blessings upon our church as we know it today. And there have been over 150 years of God’s hand upon our Baptist history in Menomonie.

Our prayer is that Immanuel Baptist Church will remain an Independent, Fundamental, King James Bible preaching Baptist church until Jesus returns for His bride. The preaching of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is paramount. We seek to see lost souls accept Jesus Christ as Saviour is of utmost importance.

Winter 1861:  Amasa Gale, Baptist minister who started holding occasional meetings
1862:  Morgan Edwards, held meetings and baptized a number of converts
Dec. 1864:  First Baptist Church of Menomonie was started with 10 members, organized by Morgan Edwards
1866-1873:  Reorganized by W.W. Ames, stipulated that no “secret organizations” were allowed
1868:  Mission Sunday School formed at Sherburne Prairie
1869:  Chapel built at Sherburne Prairie
1871:  Sunday School established and property deeded by CPT Wilson only if certain obligations were fulfilled
1873-1874:  C.K. Colver, pastor for one year
1874-1912:  Colver left with 18 people and formed Olivet Baptist Church, last recorded event in 1912
1878-1886:  W.W. Ames returns
1886-1889:  A.C. Blackman
1889:  John McGuire (only a few months)
1889-1891:  Vacant (occasional meetings with S.E. Price, theological student from Rochester Theological Seminary)
1891-1914:  S.A. Abbott
1892:  New building erected at 11th and 13th
1914:  Moved building to 15th and Broadway, enlarged building and parsonage was donated
1914-1916:  Henry A. Buell
1916-1917:  J.B. Reynolds
1919-1921:  P.C. Hanson
1921-1923:  C.E. O’Beirne
1924-1935:  J.E. Kess
1935-1939:  Jack Bowen
1939-1943:  W.L. Sanford
1944-1949:  Felix Ruquist
1944:  Purchased first bus
1949-1968:  R.L. Sanasac
1962:  Construction of current building
1968-1970:  James Luther
May 1, 1969:  The church voted to build a parsonage. The building committee consisted of the trustees plus Owen Hansen, Mrs. Al Sager, and Mrs. James Luther
June 5, 1969:  The trustees were authorized to sign a contract with Badger State Lumber Company for building materials for the parsonage. The construction price of the parsonage was $12,500.
1970-1995:  Gordon Hanson
1976:  Added the gymnasium
May 1, 1977:  Burning of the mortgage
1995-2001:  Ken Owens
2001-Present:  Laurence Borner