Pastor -  Scott Shirley

Having received an overwhelming vote in favor of issuing a call as our next pastor, Bro Scott has started in his new role July 2, 2023. Please stay in prayer for our new pastor and his sweet family as he steps into his new role as our Shepherd. We believe God has great things in store for Emmanuel Baptist Church going forward.

Scott graduated from the University of Louisiana at Monroe, class of 2005, where he studied BBA Computer Information Systems. He also graduated from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, class of 2009, with a Masters of Divinity where he studied Expository Preaching, Greek & Hebrew.

Scott previously served several churches as an Interim Pastor and as a Student Pastor. He also previously served as a Grader and Blackboard administrator while at New Orleans Seminary. He currently serves as a chaplain for Gentiva Hospice. He also does Bible rebinding and restoration.

Scott is married to Bethany. They have 4 precious children.



Minister of Music -  Harold Ashcraft

Bro. Harold was born and raised in Natchitoches La . He was a member of the First Baptist Church and was very involved in traditional church music programs.

Harold graduated from Northwestern State University with a BM in Vocal Music Performance and did graduate studies at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg.

Harold was pursuing a career in Opera and Musical Theater when in 1986, God called him into the Gospel Music Ministry. Since that time, he has served as Minister of Music in several churches in addition to his travels as a soloist and a Southern Gospel Quartet Tenor.

Harold has been married for 38 years to his college sweetheart, Lori and he is blessed to be the father of two beautiful daughters, Katie and Sarah.


Director of Youth & Children -  Denise Griffin

Denise is a native of Shreveport and grew up in Emmanuel Baptist Church. She accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior, and she is a graduate of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary with a degree in Christian Ministry, Preschool & Children. Denise joined the staff at Emmanuel as Children’s Director in 2009.

Denise’s prayer is that every child that comes to Emmanuel will grow to have a personal relationship with Jesus and experience the love of Jesus at Emmanuel.


Church Administrator -  Claire Pennington

Shreveport has always been home to Claire with the exception of her college years at Louisiana Tech University, her graduate work at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and her time working for the Louisiana Baptist Convention.

She brings her education and experience in business as well as senior adult ministry to her position at Emmanuel. Claire enjoys teaching the Bible, playing the piano and cheering for her favorite football teams.




Ron Massey


Sound Operator

Red Mosley



Gary Wallaert
Jennifer Robinson



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