Brief History of Emmanuel


On December 15, 2014 dozens of people in and around Fayetteville, AR, and the Northwest Arkansas area who all had a Lutheran background were contacted to see if there was interest in starting a new church plant, and there clearly was.   As group emails became burdensome, a Facebook© page was formed on January 1, 2015, for a northwest Arkansas Lutheran church plant.   Through a survey on the Facebook© page, the name Emmanuel Lutheran Church (ELC) was chosen.   The actual entity was established on January 8, 2015, when Articles of Incorporation were filed with the Arkansas Secretary of State for Emmanuel Lutheran Church of Northwest Arkansas, Inc. The next day bank accounts were opened and donations were accepted.

There were three official meetings of the group that culminated in forming the Church.  The first meeting was January 12, 2015, where the Dean of the Mid-South District of the North America Lutheran Church presented information.   This was followed by a meeting on January 21, 2015, at Butterfield Trail Elementary School where the group voted to become affiliated with the North American Lutheran Church (NALC).   Additional significant activities at that meeting were the approval of a proposed site in a strip shopping center on the corner of Zion Road and Crossover Road in Fayetteville, Arkansas.   The third meeting was held on February 9, 2015, and at that meeting, the charter was signed, a constitution was approved, a Church Council was elected, and a resolution to affiliate with the NALC was approved.   By the end of the night, ELC had 118 charter members.

On February 16, 2015, ELC was notified that it had been received as a congregation of the NALC.   Emmanuel Lutheran Church was the first NALC congregation in the state of Arkansas.   The first fellowship event was a pancake supper on February 17, 2015.   The first worship service was held Ash Wednesday on February 18, 2015 which was attended by 133 people. Pastor Jim Shears from Memphis Tennessee presided over the service.

The ELC charter remained available for those who could not attend the February 9, 2015 meeting to sign the charter until March 16, 2015.   By the time the charter was closed the number of charter members had increased to 172.

In April 2017, Pastor Jeffrey Carpenter was selected as the first pastor at Emmanuel.

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