our pastors

Sammy simmons

Lead Pastor

Dr. Sammy Simmons has been the Lead Pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church since 2011. With a passion for missions and evangelism, Pastor Sammy encourages us to Live Love through starting gospel conversations, intentionally building relationships with the unchurched, and going on international mission trips. Pastor Sammy has an engineering degree from Georgia Tech, a Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Doctorate of Ministry degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Michelle, have two children, Jay and Sara Grace. 

Email: sammy@ibcbenton.com

john odle

Worship Pastor

John Odle has served as Worship Pastor at Immanuel Baptist Church since 1979. He received a Bachelor of Music degree from Southern Illinois University. Pastor John's love and enthusiasm for the Lord extends through the upbeat, celebratory worship he presents each Sunday along with our choir and praise team. He and his wife, Sally, have four grown children. 

Email: john@ibcbenton.com

Discipleship Pastor


Ryan casey

Student Pastor

Ryan has been serving in student ministry since 2014. Alongside a heart that is passionate about discipleship, he has a desire to see students and their families be strengthened as they adore, love, and worship King Jesus together. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies degree from L.R. Scarborough College in Fort Worth, Texas, and he is currently pursuing a Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Mikayla, have been married since December of 2017.

Email: casey@ibcbenton.com

Ryan Mulvaney

Children's Pastor

Ryan Mulvaney has been the Children’s Pastor at Immanuel Baptist Church since 2016. Pastor Ryan has been serving children and families since 2010. He has a passion to partner with parents in the discipleship of their children. Pastor Ryan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Discipleship from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Braghan, have two sons: Jack, and Ben and one daughter, Charlotte. 

Email: ryan@ibcbenton.com

Eddie Paul Davis

Visitation Pastor

Pastor Eddie Paul Davis has been at Immanuel Baptist Church for over 30 years. He began his ministry as a deacon and teacher of the Blended Bunch Sunday School class. In 2001, he became the Visitation Pastor of Immanuel. Eddie Paul has a huge heart for others to know Jesus as their Savior and deeply cares for individuals. Eddie Paul married Arlene after both of their first spouses passed away, together they have six grown children.



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