Who We Are

Immanuel Community Church represents the multi-ethnic and professional groups of people in the city located in various communities along the Northeastern coast of the US.

In 2002, a group of students attending Columbia University and New York University gathered for bible studies and prayer time with a desire to know Jesus and figure out their life direction in the middle of a fast-paced, secular city. That small group of 10-15 students expanded consistently and eventually involved more pastors and mentors. Ultimately, the young church settled in the Upper West Side.

Diverse language groups from Latin America, Europe, and Asia formed the pastoral leadership. Rev. Paul DeVries and several ethnic pastors are currently ministering the church in the new location.

As the church increased in the number of congregants, active church planting projects were initiated in order to reach the local people more effectively and penetrate the city powerfully. Currently, Immanuel holds various church programs in several locations in Manhattan, The Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Jersey City. The Great Commission of preaching the Word to the ends of the earth also inspired the church planting project in reaching many more cities in nearby states including New Haven, Providence, Philadelphia, Boston, Manchester, Burlington and Portland.

Young and vibrant professionals in the city can bring a powerful impact in spreading the gospel even beyond the city of New York. Our hope is reach out to many souls with the power of the Word of God and share in the joy of salvation that comes from knowing Jesus Christ.

Our Vision

Located in New York City, we wish to be instrumental in the fulfillment of God’s dream, the universal vision of building the body of Christ. Just as the first disciples cast their net holding 153 fish without tearing it, Immanuel seeks the abundant diversity formed by people from various backgrounds harmoniously united in the truth. The word preached in different languages is delivered through acknowledged ministers to help people deeply digest the truth and experience individual transfiguration.

Our professional ministry welcomes those who are willing to serve with the gifts and skills innately blessed by God. Immanuel seeks to branch out the types of work related to faith, varying the opportunities of revealing and making the most of all talents, ultimately to serve His Kingdom.

Faith Statement

We believe…

in the Holy Scriptures as originally given by God, divinely inspired, infallible, entirely trustworthy; and the supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct…

One God , eternally existent in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit…

Our Lord Jesus Christ , God manifest in the flesh, His virgin birth, His sinless human life, His divine miracles, His vicarious and atoning death, His bodily resurrection, His ascension, His mediatorial work, and His Personal return in power and glory…

The Salvation of lost and sinful man through the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ by faith apart from works, and regeneration by the Holy Spirit…

The Holy Spirit , by whose indwelling the believer is enabled to live a holy life, to witness and work for the Lord Jesus Christ…

The Unity of the Spirit of all true believers, the Church, the Body of Christ…

The Resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life, they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.

Membership

Understanding that Christ “loved the church and gave himself up for her” (Ephesians 5:25), Immanuel retains formal membership. We acknowledge formal membership as an important step in demonstrating our commitment to Jesus Christ.

All believers are members of the body of Christ and local church membership is the public acknowledgement of this spiritual reality. As followers of Christ, we are all “members of the household of God” (Ephesians 2:19), and it is our duty to play our roles as a member of His body. We become one healthy body when each member does its part well (1 Corinthians 12:20).

Immanuel Community Church holds its members in high regard—they are expected to proclaim and reveal the gospel in anywhere their life happens. In a multi-cultural city, God, in his sovereignty, placed us among these people with a purpose. We pray to be faithful managers of the House of God.

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Our Pastors & Staff

  • Reverend Dr. Paul de Vries

    Senior Pastor

    Reverend Dr. Paul de Vries(Senior Pastor) among Immanuel Preachers for English speaking congregants, has tremendous academic background as a dean or associate dean of three Christian Schools (Wheaton College, Northern Baptist Theological Seminary and the Seminary of the East), which serves to nourish congregational life. Being an ordained minister, his passion and purpose for God’s Great Commandment and Great Commission is now applied to serving as the pastor of Immanuel New York. He and Victoria have been married, and they have a daughter and a son, and grandchildren.

  • Reverend Peter Jung

    Lead Pastor

    Reverend Peter Jang (Lead Pastor) is currently serving as Lead Pastor. With thanks and humility for Jesus’ calling, he wishes to co-work with his brothers and sisters in Christ at Immanuel for God’s mission. Rev. Peter has a passion for urban mission and a great vision for the impact Immanuel church planting will have in NYC.

  • Alma Osorio

    Director of Youth Education

    Pastor Alma Osorio heads the Immanuel Church Planting Project and leads numerous educational programs at Immanuel. Also, her service for church planting continues with her God-given pastoral vision and dream for hispanic people. God will surely use her greatly in raising the next generation in the gospel.