Rev. 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.


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 is currently pursuing 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.


Jacob Chilton

Minister of Children • Families

Jacob was born and raised in Dothan, AL. He was saved and baptized at the age of 16 in Calvary Baptist Church, his home church. Jacob joined the staff at Immanuel in August 2016. He was a Bachelor of Arts in Leadership and Christian Education from the Baptist College of Florida. He also has a Masters of Arts in Theological Studies from Liberty University.

Jacob has been married to LeeAnn since May 2012. They met, feel in love, and married in their home church. They both are from South Alabama, but we received them from the mission field in the South Bronx of NYC. They have a one-year-old son named Keegan. Jacob loves to play golf and partake in game nights. He has a passion for children and seeing them come to know God and place their life in God’s hands!


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.


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

Pastor Emeritus

Pastor Kincl grew up the dependent son of a career Air Force officer and has lived in many states---born in California and graduated high school in Nebraska.  He gave his life to Christ as a freshman at the University of Arkansas, where he developed the passion and practice for soul- winning.

After earning a B.S. in political science and secondary education teaching certification, Dr. Kincl earned a Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, TX.  He earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from Midwestern Theological Seminary in Kansas City, MO and a Ph.D. in higher education at Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL.  Before becoming the Senior Pastor at Immanuel in 1996, Dr. Kincl served churches in Arkansas and Texas. Nearly 3,000 persons have joined Immanuel since he became Pastor, many by profession of faith. He knows them all by name.

Pastor Kincl and his wife, Kay, have two children, two grandsons, and one grandaughter. He loves the beach and enjoys running, home improvement projects, antiques, and spending time with his family.

After 22 years of faithful service to Immanuel, Dr. Kincl retired and was voted in as Pastor Emeritus.