Senior Pastor

Dr. Leo Endel accepted the call to be our pastor starting July 12, 2015. Leo was born in Florida and moved several times with his Air Force family before graduating high school in Missouri. He has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from Central Missouri State University, a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has years of experience as pastor in Missouri, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Minnesota both as senior and interim pastor.

He and his wife Sarah have two young adult daughters. Sarah teaches at Rochester Community and Technical College.

Dr. Endel is Executive Director of the Minnesota-Wisconsin Baptist Convention. He has been a member of Emmanuel for over 12 years and has served twice as our interim pastor. His energetic personality and dynamic preaching are well liked and respected in the Minnesota-Wisconsin convention churches.

Pastor of Family Ministry

Josh Rhoades has been a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church since 1998. He moved to Rochester from Ohio, accepting a job working as a medical technologist at the Mayo Clinic. A year later he was licensed to the ministry and began theological studies at Bethel Seminary. After graduating seminary in 2002 with a Master’s Degree in Theology, he became a bi-vocational youth pastor at Emmanuel. He served in that capacity until Fall of 2011. Josh has also taught children’s Bible study, led small group bible studies, and is currently serving as a interim pastor for a sister congregation.

Josh and Amy married in 2003 and have three younger children. He enjoys reading, coaching little league basketball and baseball, watching football and basketball, and going on adventures with his children.

Worship Leader

Bruce Stevens has 12 years of experience in worship bands and has been a worship leader at Emmanuel since 2012. With a testimony rooted around a worship service while at youth camp, he strives to lead worship music that will help people connect with God on a level where they can truly and fully know there is a God that loves us. Worship music at Emmanuel uses a blend of traditional and contemporary styles. Our band typically includes piano, drums, acoustic and electric guitars.


Steve Melvin is on the staff of the Minnesota-Wisconsin Baptist Convention serving as Church Starting Catalyst — working with established churches to start new churches. He has served as pastor and interim pastor of several churches and occasionally preaches at Emmanuel, which he joined in 1998.

Steve has a Bachelor’s degree in music (piano performance) from Union University ; a Master’s degree in Theology from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Bethel Seminary in St. Paul, MN.

He is married to Janis and they enjoy their four adult children and 7 grandchildren. Steve enjoys playing the piano (preferring Beethoven and Mozart), sky diving, and coin collecting.

David Sandifer is a retired software engineer having worked for IBM for 30 years.  He has moved often within the US and has lived overseas in England as a child and in Germany with IBM.  David is an Air Force veteran. He has been in Rochester since 1991 and joined Emmanuel in 1992.

He has a diploma of Religious Education from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary extension and has served as deacon, Bible teacher for youth and adults, and on various administrative and search committees. David enjoys singing and has led the choir and congregational singing, as well as previously singing in the praise band.

David is married to Carolyn and they have two grown sons and one grandson. They enjoy walking for exercise, reading, and traveling around the US and the world.


Jim Benson – Sam Golden – Ben LaBaw – Donny Mickow – Mike Turner