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.


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.

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.

Steve Dyess was raised in Shakopee, Minnesota. After graduation from high school, Steve enlisted in the United States Air Force. He continued in active and reserve status until his retirement from the United States Army as a chaplain.

Steve received his Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies from Louisiana College, a Master of Divinity from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Steve served as youth director and as pastor in Louisiana and as pastor in two congregations in Texas. Before returning to Minnesota he served at NAMB as the consultant for Corporate and Volunteer Chaplaincy.

In 2010 Steve returned to Minnesota as Director of Missions and Church Planting Catalyst for the Twin Cities Metro Baptist Association. He enjoys volunteer service as Assistant to the Executive Director of the MWBC.

He and his wife, Betty, have one daughter and three grandchildren. They enjoy local traveling and sightseeing.

Not Pictured: Tim Amert


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