Bro Michael W. Cannon
Immanuel Baptist Church called Michael Cannon as our pastor. May 4, 2014 was his first Sunday with us. We are having a great time worshiping and growing in the Lord. His family, wife Pamela and children Austin, Andrea, Cody, Cadee and Charlie are an exciting addition to our church family.
"Therefore we do not give up; even though our outer person is being destroyed, our inner person is being renewed day by day. For our momentary light affliction is producing for us an absolutely incomparable eternal weight of glory. So we do not focus on what is seen, but on what is unseen; for what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal." 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
Books I'm currently reading:
"Follow Me" - by David Platt. "Who Moved My Pulpit?" - Thom Rainer
The Holy Bible, it never gets old!
I love to be outside, in the middle of God's beautiful creation. I also like to play music and sing with my family. I would have to say that my favorite thing to do is spend time with my beautiful wife Pam and my kids (who are growing up way too fast!).
Associate Pastor of Music, Youth and Families
Position Currently Vacant
Bi-Vocational Music Minister
Tobie Sanders was called to fill the position of Music Minister in January 2014. He currently leads the congregation in worship and conducts the IBC choir. He has preached, led music, been a member of the Singing Churchmen of Oklahoma, and served in various capacities in ministry. It is his desire that people come to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and are discipled to grow in that relationship. He feels music is an important part of recognizing and acknowledging who God is and seeks to lead people in worship and create an atmosphere where hearts are prepared to receive the message God wants to reveal from His Word.
Favorite verse: “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; they shall walk, and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31
Favorite songs: “I AM” from the Easter cantata by David Clydesdale; “I AM” by Mark Schultz. And, “I AM” by David Crowder. No matter what we are going through, God is always there and is the “I AM” for every situation in our lives.
Favorite hymn: How Great Thou Art
Favorite worship songs: “How Great is Our God” by Chris Tomlin. “Revelation Song” sung by Kari Jobe.
Hobbies/interests: Reading, building plastic models, spending time with family, audio/visual, riding his motorcycle.
Claudia has been the Ministry Assistant at Immanuel Baptist Church since its constitution in January 2004 and has training credentials through the Southern Baptist Convention as a certified Ministry Assistant. She feels very excited and privileged to serve and use her gifts alongside the family at Immanuel. There is never a day that is the same in this ministry position and considers it a joy to serve the Lord here! My husband, Bennett, currently serves as a church treasurer, and together they have three grown children and five grandchildren.
Claudia also serves IBC as a volunteer in several ministry areas. Having been involved in the student ministry, she is excited to see that ministry grow under the guidance of our Associate Pastor to Students & Famiies. Vacation Bible School is another passion to see children excited to learn that Jesus loves them.
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight." – Proverbs 3:5-6
& "But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well." – Matthew 6:33
"This Is Amazing Grace" by Phil Wickham – "Lord, I Need You" by Matt Maher – "Your Grace Finds Me" by Matt Redman – "The Glorious Unfolding" by Steven Curtis Chapman to name a few – it's hard to pick just one!
Favorite series based on a book:
"When Calls the Heart" on Hallmark Channel – based on the books by Christian author Jeanette Oke – Yes, I'm a "Heartie"!
Sunday School Director
Richard McCullough is our volunteer Sunday School Director since 2011. Richard teaches the Encouragers Sunday School class (Median adults) and on Wednesday nights, works with the 24/7 Youth AWANA program and teaches a youth bible study class during the summer. Richard is an amateur writer and has two books of historical non-fiction published to date. He is currently working on two new manuscripts. He also loves to play golf and being with his grandchildren. Richard and wife Debbie have been married since 1973 and have two children and nine grandchildren.
“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8
& “So Jesus said to them again, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.’” John 10:7-10
His favorite hymns are “In the Garden,” “Amazing Grace,” and “It is Well with My Soul.”
Discipleship Training Director
Discipleship Training Director Floyd Craddock became a Christian at 8 years of age and has been in and supported His church since that time. He has served in about every position during the time and he is glad to be a member of Immanuel Baptist Church of Perkins. He has been married to his wife Lael for 44 years.
"I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect." Romans 12:1-2
The Bible, Sunday School literature, and other Christian books.
Sunday School, Discipleship Training, and music.
“I Will Pilot Thee”, “The Love of God”, and “How Great Thou Art”.
Children's Ministry Team Leader
I have had a passion for children since an early age. I don’t think there are many things more heartwarming than the laughter of a child. My vision of the children’s ministry is to provide a loving, supportive, and engaging environment where children can learn about Jesus.
He said to them, "Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you." Matthew 17:20
It is amazing the blessings we can receive with just a little faith.
I am married with two children, one in high school and one in college. I enjoy woodworking and I LOVE college football. When I find time to read, I enjoy reading books about World War II, Jane Austen novels, and Janette Oke novels.
I like a lot of different songs. It really depends on the type of year or my mood. I like traditional songs as well as praise and worship songs.