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. 

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mission + beliefs



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!


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.


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. 


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.


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.


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.  


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.


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


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.


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 large church in the Spokane area that has been involved in launching six other churches. After several years working as the President of the international church planting organization, Communitas International (formerly Christian Associates), Rob returned to full-time pastoring with the founding of Immanuel Church.

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. He also shares the leadership of the Pacific Northwest Movement, a church planting organization, which has as its mission to identify, develop, and deploy 400 missionary leaders to start reproducing and self-sustaining churches in the Spokane area and extending throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond. 

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 their existence.

Leslie McAuley | Associate Pastor

Leslie has been in citywide ministry for over 20 years. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Communications. When she came to Spokane in 1991, she worked for Social Security Administration for 25 years. She was bi-vocational as she co-pastored Antioch Church. Leslie returned to school at Whitworth University and completed her Master’s in Theology degree in May 2018. She has spent the last two years pursuing the ministry of reconciliation and has been in various reconciliation initiatives about which she is passionate. Leslie’s interests include developing communities that openly communicate about race, denomination, social economic, gender and generational issues. Leslie is married, has four daughters and two grandchildren.

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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.


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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PHil Moore | Pastoral Resident

Originally from Gig Harbor, Washington, Phil graduated from Whitworth in 2015 with degrees in Theology and Speech Communication. Before long into his time at Whitworth, Phil found a home in Spokane, and particularly at Immanuel as the church community began to take form. Fast-forward a handful of years and Phil is thrilled to serve as Immanuel's Pastoral Resident with the goal of becoming ordained and planting a new church in 2022. He and his sweet wife Nina live in the West Central with their dog, Wilder. Phil enjoys music, Liverpool FC, backpacking, Henri Nouwen books, and good food.

Our Leadership Team

Melissa Stoddard

Melissa Stoddard

Bob Riggs

Bob Riggs

Doug Asbjornsen

Doug Asbjornsen

Holly Clark

Holly Clark


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Sundays @ 8:30 + 10:30am

1309 N. Ash St
Spokane, WA, 99201

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