Dr. Glen E. Owens

Intentional Interim Pastor

Glen was born in El Dorado, Arkansas. He is married to Susan. He attended college at Louisiana Tech University. He received his education in ministry from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He also received Doctor of Christian Letters (Honoris Causa), from The Baptist College of Florida.

He has served as Intentional Interim Pastor at 37 churches prior to coming to Immanuel Baptist.


Rev. Luke Whitmore

Associate Pastor of Discipleship • College

Luke was born in Hialeah, FL.  He was saved and baptized at the age of 9 in North Hialeah Baptist, his home church.  Luke joined the staff of Immanuel in July 2009.  He has a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology from Florida State University. He was called to ministry at the age of 19 while in college. After Florida State,  Luke continued his education with a Masters of Divinity from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

Luke has been married to Heather since 2004.  They met at church! They have three children, Haley, Drew, and Aubrey. His hobbies include spending time with his family, fishing, sports, and working on classic cars. Luke is very passionate about reaching Tallahassee for Jesus.  God wants people to have a loving and saving relationship with His Son, Jesus Christ. This is the driving force behind what IBC does in the area of Discipleship and College.


Rev. Andy Dawson

Minister of Youth • Outreach

Andy was born in Washington D.C. He was saved and baptized at the age of 7 at his home church in Peoria, Illinois just before his family moved to Tallahassee. He grew up in Tallahassee and graduated from North Florida Christian School. Andy joined Immanuel Baptist Church in 2007 and began working in the student ministry in 2008. He was called into vocational youth ministry in 2010 while working as a Detective with the Leon County Sheriff’s Office. Andy graduated from Liberty University in 2014 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Religion. He plans to pursue his Master’s Degree from The Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, TX.

Andy has been married to Shelly since 1999. They met and eloped four months later. They have three sons, Hunter, Chandler, and Taylor. Andy loves spending time with family, playing guitar, and singing. He enjoys working with technology and recording music. He is often accused of being hooked on his Apple devices. Andy is passionate about working with students and evangelism, and says “our students are not just the future of the church, they are the church!” Sharing the gospel through outreach is a priority for Andy. There is no more important relationship in our lives than a saving relationship with Jesus Christ.


Rev. Rod Smith

Minister of Senior Adults • Missions

Rod was born in Crestview, FL.  He was saved and baptized at the age of 16 at a revival service at North Florida Christian School in Tallahassee, Florida.  Rod joined the staff of Immanuel in December, 2014.  He worked with the Tallahassee Fire Department for 26 years and in his role as a lieutenant he had the opportunity to serve the community and provide leadership. He is actively involved in serving with the Florida Baptist Disaster Relief and is a certified chaplain through the North American Mission Board.Rod has been married to Linda since 1986.  They met at church! They have one son, Stephen Smith, one adopted daughter Ira Bell, and six grandchildren. His hobbies include going on mission trips, working with Disaster Relief, spending time with family and spoiling grandkids. Rod wants to help ensure that every senior adult has a place of ministry and service because God never wants us to retire from serving Him. Rod also has a passion to train and equip others through missions so they can minister and share the love of Christ here in our community and throughout our world.


Michael Thrasher, D.M.A

Minister of Music • Traditional

Michael has been active in Baptist churches in Texas, Minnesota and Florida, having served in such roles as Sunday School teacher, deacon, and in church music ministry.  Saved and baptized while a grade schooler in Texas, he went on to study music in college, earning a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Northwestern State University, and both the Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the University of North Texas.  He has worked full time in college and university music programs since 1998, and currently serves as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the Florida State University College of Music.

As a clarinetist, Michael has performed in numerous symphony and opera orchestras, including the Tallahassee Symphony (Florida), Shreveport Symphony (Louisiana), Fargo-Moorhead Opera and Symphony (North Dakota), Texarkana Symphony (Texas), and the Longview Symphony (Texas).  He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, and is actively involved in the work of the National Association of Schools of Music.
Working with his colleague Lois Tomhave, a fellow church musician in Moorhead, Minnesota, Michael arranges and publishes sacred music arrangements through WindSong Music Publishing.  He also enjoys spending time with his wife Jennifer (married in 1993) and his twin teenagers, Will and Sarah.



Ally Sikora

Interim Director of Children’s Ministry

Ally grew up in Clearwater, FL. She was saved and baptized at the age of 13 at her home church before her family moved to Tallahassee. Ally joined Immanuel Baptist Church in 2011 then began working in children’s ministry in 2012. She was an elementary school teacher prior to joining the staff at Immanuel in July 2019. She has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and a Master of Science in Curriculum Design and Development from Florida State University. 

Ally loves being creative, especially during Vacation Bible School! She enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She is passionate about reaching families so their kids can have fun with church events and programs. Supporting kids so they learn to know God’s great love for them by sharing the Gospel of Jesus is her favorite thing about children’s ministry!



Rich L. Kincl, D.Min., Ph.D.

Pastor Emeritus

Dr. Rich Kincl served as Senior Pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church from 1996–2018.  Leading the church to grow from a small congregation to over 3,200 members, Dr. Kincl focused on three primary areas for church growth and discipleship: Dynamic Worship, Relevant Small Group Bible Study, and Intentional Outreach.

Dr. Kincl served on the Florida Baptist State Board of Missions, as President of the Arkansas Baptist Convention Executive Board, as well as in other leadership positions in the local association, State, and Southern Baptist Convention.  He pastored three churches and served churches in Arkansas, Texas, and Florida. He presently is serving on the Board of Trustees if The Baptist College of Florida. 

He graduated from the University of Arkansas with degrees in Education and Political Science, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (Master of Divinity), Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (Doctor of Ministry), and The Florida State University (Ph.D.)

Dr. Kincl and Kay have been married over 40 years and have two married children and three grandchildren.

Dr. Kincl presently serves as Professor of Preaching and Pastoral Ministry at The Baptist College of Florida, teaching courses in Preaching, Church Evangelism, and Pastoral Ministry.

He and Kay maintain their home in Tallahassee and membership at Immanuel Baptist.  Immanuel has honored Dr. Kincl by making him Pastor Emeritus.