Kenny Hodges

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Kenny is a graduate of Mississippi State University and Dallas Theological Seminary.  He has been associated with Emmanuel since the early 1970’s as a student at MSU.  For 19 years he served as leader of the music ministry and was involved in the church education program.  He has served as pastor/teacher since 2005.  Kenny and his wife Kaye have been married for 33 years and have two children, Holly and Joe Warner.

Jeannie Updike

Church Office Secretary
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Having made my way from Jackson, MS, where I was born, to Kingsport, TN, where I grew up, to my husband’s hometown of Washington, D.C., I settled in Starkville with Jim in 1979. Our family has been at Emmanuel for over 20 years. My family includes our daughter, Olivia U. Clupny, her husband, Josh, and our grandchildren, Clara-Jane and Jack, of Manitou Springs, Colorado, and our son Patrick, of Denver, Colorado. I am in the 11th year as church secretary. Jim and I also teach Sunday school for grades 4-6. As secretary, the best parts of the job are interaction with people and trying to know and meet needs of our church family and our community. In my life apart from the job, I love baseball, especially the Bulldogs and NY Yankees, history, writing, and the mountains any time I can be there.

Katie Wallace

Worship Ministry Leader
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Emmanuel has been Katie’s church family since she was very young. She was discipled at Emmanuel while in the youth group, college ministry, and worship ministry.  Katie received a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from MSU and a Master’s in Piano Pedagogy from Louisiana State University. Serving alongside other musicians and worship leaders in Baton Rouge and Starkville has  played a large role in Katie’s path towards musical worship ministry. Thankful to be back home at Emmanuel, she enjoys collaborating with other musicians for community-wide worship events, teaching piano lessons, playing piano for different events, and growing closer to the Emmanuel worship team family.

Robert Banik

EDGE Youth Leader
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Robert Banik has been in involved with Emmanuel for five years. Robert grew up in Guntown, MS and attended Mississippi State where he received a degree in Mathematics. He and his wife Kelly enjoy serving in various capacities in the church.  For the last year, Robert has worked part-time as the youth director at Emmanuel.  He also plays acoustic guitar with the worship band on Sunday mornings.


Rick Maiers

Church Administrator
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Rick is a trained soil and water guy that somehow knows a little about administration.  He is currently attempting to decrease entropy while increasing opportunities for people to use their spiritual gifts in the church.  He enjoys family, friends, fishing, and fun.  His family has been members of Emmanuel for over 10 years.