Michael Shamblin

            Michael Paul Shamblin, a United States Air Force brat, received his elementary and secondary education in Columbus, Ohio; Plattsburg, New York; and Tioga, Louisiana.  Most of the educators he encountered during those formative years taught him to love school and fostered in his heart a desire for a lifetime of learning.  As a result, Dr. Shamblin completed his undergraduate work at Louisiana College in Pineville, Louisiana, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Science and Social Studies Education in 1977.  In 1991, he earned a Master of Education degree from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana, with an emphasis in educational administration and supervision.  Dr. Shamblin completed the requirements for the Doctor of Education degree at the University of Southern Mississippi with an emphasis in higher education in August 1998.

            During a 40-year career as a professional educator, Dr. Shamblin has taught courses in biology, Bible, reproductive education, chemistry, health, physical science, physics, earth science, general science, Louisiana history, general education, adolescent psychology, secondary curriculum/instruction, assessment of instruction, and graduate classes in teacher education.  He has taught those courses at Crescent City Baptist High School, Georgetown High School, Tioga High School, Hackberry High School, Rapides Regional Medical Center, Christus Cabrini Hospital, and Louisiana College.  He has also coached softball, baseball, girls’ and boys’ basketball, and football.  From 1994 to 1998, Dr. Shamblin served as Assistant Principal for Curriculum and Instruction at Tioga High School.  He served as acting Principal of Tioga High for the 1995-1996 school year.  Dr. Shamblin was appointed principal of Tioga High School on June 29, 1998, the fulfillment of a longtime dream.  He was principal of Aiken Optional School in Alexandria, Louisiana from 2003 to 2005, and after serving one year as Chair of the Division of Education, he was appointed the Director of Alternative Certification at Louisiana College. He was blessed to be part of developing Louisiana College’s Teacher Education Alternative Certification Honor’s (TEACH) program from a post-baccalaureate certification only program into Louisiana College’s first graduate degree, the Master of Art’s in Teaching (MAT) degree.

            God called Dr. Shamblin into the preaching ministry in 1976 while he was a junior student at Louisiana College.  In the years since Dr. Shamblin has taught and preached the Bible as a Sunday School teacher, Church Training teacher, youth minister, supply preacher, revival preacher, interim pastor, pastor, banquet speaker, and special event speaker in Churches throughout central Louisiana, Texas, and Mississippi.

            Dr. Shamblin is happily married to Dr. Renee Witherwax Shamblin, an Associate Professor of Nursing at McNeese State University.  Together they have two beautiful daughters, Michelle Renee Stratton, an attorney in Houston, Texas (Son-in-Love: Brandon Michael Stratton; Granddaughter number one, Elise Noelle Stratton born 01/04/2015), granddaughter number three Nora Naomi Stratton (08/11/2016), grandson number one, Grant David Stratton (03/28/2018), and daughter Jessica Ruth Ramer, a housewife who lives in Pineville, Louisiana (Son-in-Love:  Douglas Loyd Ramer; Granddaughter number two, Katheryn Jane Ramer (December 27, 2015).  The Shamblins currently reside in the Church’s parsonage at 122 Crestwood Street in Lake Charles. Their Tennessee Walking horses Jingles and Quick are currently residing with Renee’s dad, Mr. Burton Witherwax in Woodlawn, Louisiana.

Youth Director

Patti Busby

As the daughter of a Baptist minister and later wife of a Baptist minister, Patti has been blessed to serve the Lord most of her life in many areas of church ministry.

In many ways, ministry to children/youth starts at home.  Patti is the mother of 3 grown children Tiffanie, Timothy and Tara and has 6 grandchildren, all precious gifts from God.  After the unexpected passing of her beloved husband in 2006, Patti felt God's leadership to EBC and has been serving here since July 2008.

One of her favorite Bible verses is John 15:5 where Jesus tells us that He is the Vine and we are only the branches and nothing of lasting value can be achieved without him.  Her prayer is to always be found "abiding in Jesus."  She also desires to lovingly teach children and students that same love Jesus, to open their hearts to Him, and to allow Jesus to be their "Forever Friend," walking and talking with Him daily and trusting Him in all circumstances.

In thinking of ministry, she strives to remind herself daily that each gift brings us closer to the Giver....each provision brings us closer to the Provider....and each work for the Lord brings us closer to the Lord of the work.  "whatever you do, (today and every day) do all to the glory of God." (1Corinthians 10:31).  To God be the glory, great things He has done, great things He is doing, and great things are yet to come!

Worship Leader

Jay Hellums

Jay Hellums has been involved in Worship leadership since 1989. He has served churches in Pollock, Logansport, Baton Rouge, and the Lake Charles area. Jay earned music degrees from Louisiana College (Go, Wildcats!), New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and LSU. He has served at Emmanuel Baptist Church since April 2015.


Jay's favourite Scripture verse is II Tim 1:9...."[God] has called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His grace and purpose given in Christ Jesus from all eternity."

Administrative Assistant

Karen McCall


     Mrs. Karen McCall began her service as Administrative Assistant in 1989..

      One of her favorite passages of Scripture is Psalm 139. It speaks of God's omniscience and omnipresence. There is absolutely nothing about us that God does not know, and yet, His love for us is beyond our understanding.

      She has been teaching grade-school children for many years in Sunday School along side her husband and considers it a blessing.

      Karen counts it all joy to be a servant of Christ, foremost, and to the members of Emmanuel Baptist  for "such a time as this." 

It is exciting to see what the Lord has next for His church!

     She is here to offer her assistance in all ministries of the church.

  October 2022  
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