6700 Emmaus Church Rd, Providence Forge, VA 23140

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Come Worship with us at Emmaus Baptist Church!

Come Worship with us at Emmaus Baptist Church!

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About the Deacon's of Emmaus


Glenda Douglas / Deacon Chair


Joy Elkins


It was at Emmaus that I began developing a relationship with God. The “Experiencing God” class got me started on that journey which is ongoing. I gradually took on jobs a church, because I felt like it was what God wanted me to do. He wanted me to grow spiritually.

Becoming a deacon was a big leap that I took, but I felt God was leading me there. The ordination ceremony was particularly meaningful. Three years on the board and a year off and I was asked to be on the board again. I wasn’t sure that I should. When I turned on the car to go speak with Janie and Pastor Valerie about my decision the CD came on where it left off. The song was Alan Jackson singing, “Wherever He Leads, I’ll Go”. That is how God was speaking to me.

Three years on the board and two years off and I had the decision to make again. I thought at 80 I was too old. Then, when I thought about it, I realized that God had let me live this long in good health for some reason, so I accepted. Good decision. I feel like I have had a part in the transition journey to find a new pastor. Emmaus is a caring church which means so much. I wouldn’t change the 17+ years for anything.

Darlene Higgins


Becoming a Deacon for the first time in 2013 was a very humbling experience. I have felt God’s presence in my life ever since I can remember. He has guided me through rough patches leading some people to say that I am an “overcomer”. It was during those times that I drew even closer to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and it was He who got me through those days. I asked Jesus to come into my life when I was 16 years old. My whole family had begun attending church together, which was previously uncommon. Usually my father would drop my sister, brother, and myself off at church for Sunday School and pick us up afterwards. My parents did not typically attend at that time. Finally, God led us to worship together as a family and my father, sister, and I were baptized on the same day. Now having the opportunity to serve other families in our church and community gives me great joy and opportunity to spread God’s word and never-ending love and guidance.  One of my favorite pieces of scripture comes from Isaiah 41:10, “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” This is the word of the Lord, Thanks be to God always. If you are seeking a place of worship, understanding, and compassion, our doors and arms are open to you. 

Melanie Hitchcock


 My name is Melanie Hitchcock, I have been a Deacon at Emmaus since 2016. I started my walk with Christ as a young child, attending VBS at Emmaus in the summers, since my grandmother was a long-time member here. Although I was a member of St. Peter’s Episcopal church, also in New Kent, when I was in high school my grandmother needed to have someone drive her to Emmaus and that led me to start to more regularly attend service here. Eventually I felt led to become a member in 2004 and requested to be re-baptized that same year. When I consider all the meaningful pieces of scripture that has influenced my life, I think of the first scripture my grandmother helped me to memorize, Psalm 23. While many people may associate this scripture with funerals, deep reflection on the words that were so eloquently penned, I can’t help but feel God’s fierce closeness and protectiveness when we, his children, face troubles in our lives. God urges us to stand strong and know that He is always in control, protecting us, and leading us to a better day and to follow his guidance. 

Psalm 23: KJV

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. 3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.

4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. 5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. 6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.


Jackie Kowal


 Hi!  My name is Jackie Kowal, ordained Deacon at Emmaus since 2015.  I'm humbled to be called again to serve as Deacon.  I look forward to serving the congregation and those outside of the church.  As New Kent County continues to grow may we extend fellowship within the community.  I pray that God will lead us forward in our transitions into the future.  James 3:17 says, " But the wisdom from above is first of all pure.  It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others.  It is full of mercy and the fruit of good deeds.  It shows no favoritism and is always sincere. "  

Come and experience Gods love at Emmaus Baptist Church.   

Cereta Setzer


Hi! My name is Cereta Setzer, ordained Deacon at Emmaus. God has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. Growing up in Pennsylvania, if the doors of the church were open we were there. Sunday School, Worship, and Sunday afternoon Hymn Sings along with Wednesday night Bible Studies were all part of my childhood. God has never left my side but the same can’t be said for me. As a young adult, as most do, I thought I didn’t need him in my daily life and pulled away from Christ and the Church. What a wrong decision that was! Thanks to my beautiful daughters, I found my way to Emmaus Baptist Church and renewed my relationship with Christ. I was ordained as a Deacon in 2018 and it is an honor to serve my church family and God in this role. “Let go and let God” has become something I try to practice in my daily life. It is my hope that you will visit our church family and find a home with us.

Celeste Stewart-Profitt


Being chosen a Deacon is a great honor in the eyes of God and the church. I’m am humbled by this honor to be able to serve. Since I first set foot into to doors at Emmaus in 2006, I was embraced by it’s members. I first served as a junior Deacon for a year before becoming a full Deacon. I enjoyed communicating with not only my assigned families, but all of my fellow church members. I look forward to serving my church wherever there is a need with God’s guidance. I also look forward to visiting my family members when they are sick or there is a need.  


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