Leadership

Leadership

Caring for the flock is an important element of life at Immanuel. We are committed to seeing every member of our body mature in Christ. At Immanuel church membership is taken seriously and the pursuit of godliness is foundational to being part of our assembly. Pastors seek to make themselves personally available to counsel and help the flock grow in Christ-likeness and members are expected to pursue holiness with all sincerity and seriousness.

 

Elders 

Paul Vossen

Born of Dutch immigrant parents, Paul grew up in the Bay Area of California. After his conversion, he became involved with ministry at a local Baptist church in Santa Clara. Upon graduating from Santa Clara University (M.A. Counseling, 1993), Paul pursued further training in biblical counseling through the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC). Paul and his wife have been married since 1992 and have been blessed with two children, Caleb and Chloe.

 

Robert Briggs

Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Pastor Briggs attended Queen's University, Belfast in Northern Ireland where he graduated with a Bachelor of Divinity in 1992. He served in pastoral ministry in Northern Ireland from 1992-2003 when he was called to pastor Immanuel Baptist Church of Sacramento. He presently serves as President of the Reformed Baptist Seminary as well as Chaplain to Sacramento's local soccer team Sacramento Republic FC. He has been married to his wife Elaine since 1992 and has four children, Lois. Esther, Deborah and Andrew.

 

Steve Meister

A native Californian, Steve came to first believe the gospel in 1994 through the youth ministry of the local Baptist church. After serving as a leader and teacher in a church plant during his college years, Steve decided to forgo law school and studied at The Master’s Seminary (M.Div., 2007). Before beginning pastoral ministry in 2009, Steve served at Children’s Hunger Fund where he developed and taught a curriculum to train church leaders in a biblical theology of compassion ministry, which has been widely used in national and international contexts.

Steve and Jenn enjoy life and ministry together in their home, their local church, and other opportunities the Lord provides for them to serve their community and the nations. They are the grateful parents of four children: Jonathan, Miriam, Abigail, and Owen.

 

Deacons 

Adam Van Duyn

Since 2004, I’ve been working for the City of Sacramento as a Firefighter/Paramedic. The Lord saved me at age 21, while in boot camp. The 11 and half years of active duty were rich with learning how to walk by faith and depending on Jesus. I’ve been married to my wonderful wife for 6 years, and we have 3 delightful boys.

 

Dennis Seibert

My name is Dennis Siebert, I am 49 years old and manage a team of contract writers for Caltrans. I was converted shortly after my 31st birthday through reading a daily Bible my grandmother gave me, and was led to IBC through a co-worker. I have been thoroughly blessed with good Christian schooling, many ongoing ministry opportunities, and to sojourn through this life with a loving church family.

Joe King

I became a Christian during the early nineties, if not sooner, through the witness and influence of other Christians who explained the gospel to me from God's Word the Bible. I professed faith in Christ and was baptized having a sense of guilt and shame in my conscience and being convinced that nothing I do could save me or make me right with God, only Jesus Christ and what He accomplished for me on the cross suffering God's just punishment for my sins. I started attending IBC in 1994, and became a member in October of 1995. I have been serving as a deacon since 2001. My wife Ana and I are celebrating ten years of marriage in February, and we have been blessed by God with two delightful daughters Sofia (7)and Lydia (5).

 

Neil Santiago

I was born in Hawaii, the youngest of 3 boys. After my father retired from the Navy, he moved the family to Sacramento, CA in mid 1970. Although, I was raised in a nominal Christian home, I’m thankful to God that I was exposed to certain truths of the Gospel. I graduated from CSUS with a degree in Economics and Finance. By God’s mercy and providence, my wife Lisa and I heard the clear message of the Gospel from my older brother. In 1993 we started to attend IBC and in 1994 we were both baptized and became members. Lisa and I are very grateful to the Lord for answering our prayers, and blessing us with our son Gabriel after almost ten years of trying to have a child. I count it a great privilege to serve as a deacon at IBC. My faith has definitely been encouraged and strengthened by having the opportunity to work alongside my other fellow deacons and the elders at IBC. My heart’s desire is to serve Christ’s church in whatever capacity He enables me to do so.

Peter Stone