about us

We are a multigenerational body of believers seeking truth and honesty in how we pursue and profess faith in Jesus Christ. Jump from the links below to learn more about us or contact us. 

on this page: Mission + beliefs | staff + leadership | contact + visit

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mission + beliefs

 

Mission

Immanuel is a purposefully diverse and passionate church community in Spokane that exists to worship God in simplicity and beauty, to extravagantly love all without distinction, and embody in words and actions the Good News of God’s kingdom through Jesus Christ.

 

 
 A couple of our beloved church members--Jenna and Grace!
 

Beliefs

As a community, we affirm the historic Creeds of the Church (Nicene and Apostles). In addition, we articulate faith in Jesus in the following statements.


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We believe that the God who made the heavens and the earth has revealed himself and his purposes—fully, reliably and authoritatively—in the redemptive narrative of Scripture. 


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He created humanity in his own image to be partners with him, man and woman equally, in the management of creation; this relationship was broken by the disobedience of Adam and Eve, and since then human societies have consistently failed to give allegiance and honor to the true and living God and seek his righteousness.


03.

We believe that God responded to this breakdown by forming for himself a covenant people in Abraham to be blessed and to be a blessing to the nations; he remained faithful to them despite their stubbornness and rebellion.


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We believe that the God of Israel sent his Son, Jesus Christ, not only to save—by his atoning death—his people from the devastating consequences of their sins but also to break down the wall of hostility between all peoples making faith in him accessible to all, both Jew and Gentile.  


05.

We believe that God raised his Son from the dead and made him Lord over all things, above all powers of empire and commerce and culture, for the sake of his people and for the sake of his own glory in the world; he has given the Holy Spirit to catalyze faith in Christ, to empower godly living, to form compelling community, and to enable effective kingdom ministry.


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We believe, therefore, that the one God is to be known and worshiped as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.


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We believe that the missional God sends his people – the church – into the world as faithful communities of His Kingdom under the lordship of Jesus to mediate his presence, to walk according to his ways, to reconcile people to himself and the rest of creation, to embody hope, and to be a sign, foretaste and instrument of the Kingdom of God.


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We believe in the return of Christ, in a final justice, the final defeat of Satan, evil and death. We believe in the new heavens and the new earth, the reconciliation of creator and creation, and the healing of the nations.

Special thanks to Andrew Perriman.

 
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staff + leadership

 

Our Staff Members

 
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Rob Fairbanks | lead pastor

Rob has spent the majority of his adult life pastoring and planting churches in Spokane and around the world. Rob was the founding pastor of New Community, a larger church in the Spokane area that has been involved in launching six other churches. After several years working with the para-church organization, Christian Associates, Rob returned to full-time pastoring with the founding of Immanuel. Rob and his wife Robi have lived in Spokane for many years and have three children: Zac, Karli and Trey. He holds a doctoral degree with an emphasis in missional church leadership and serves as an adjunct professor at Whitworth University where he teaches on the subject. Rob’s view of church ministry isn’t complicated – he wants to start churches for people who don’t like church; ones that are beautiful expressions of the Kingdom of God, churches that actually understand a missional/incarnational orientation to our existence. Rob is also a fan of Gonzaga Basketball, the Seattle Seahawks and enjoys superhero movies.

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alicia powell | kid’s community director

Alicia joined our staff in September 2018, serving as an interim director overseeing our kid’s church and nursery at Immanuel. Alicia and her husband Curtis are parents to two beautiful girls, Fenna and Opal, and their family joined Immanuel last year after returning from serving and teaching in the Dominican Republic. Alicia is creative and engaging and we are so excited to welcome her to our team, and to have her watching over our sweet kiddos!  

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Scott Ingersoll | coordinator of music and worship

Scott has been leading worship and playing music professionally for many years. Scott grew up in the Northwest before attending Azusa Pacific University in Southern California. He and his wife, Juliann, remained in California for several years after, where Scott wrote and recorded music, while also leading worship at Sea Coast Grace Church in Cypress, California. Upon relocating to Spokane in 2013, Scott and Juliann became affiliated with Immanuel, and Scott joined the staff as the coordinator of music and worship in 2014. When not leading worship, Scott continues to write and perform original music under the name ‘Scott Ryan,’ works as production manager at The Bartlett music venue and also works with the non-profit, ‘Songs for Kids Foundation,’ coordinating a team of local musicians who perform at Children’s Hospitals. He loves to hang out with his kids Benson and Brynlee, chat about Star Wars, and is a Mario Kart champion.

 

Our Leadership Team

 
 Melissa Stoddard

Melissa Stoddard

 
 Bob Riggs

Bob Riggs

 Doug Asbjornsen

Doug Asbjornsen

 Holly Clark

Holly Clark

 Jan Martinez

Jan Martinez

 
 

 

visit us

Sundays @ 9am + 11am

1309 N. Ash St
Spokane, WA, 99201

Contact us for our mailing address

 
 

Contact Us

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