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.
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.
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 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 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.
Jim, a Washington D.C. native, came to Starkville 37 years ago with his wife, Jeannie. He retired three years ago from a 32-year career as a medical products rep. Their daughter and her family and their son live in Colorado. When he is not taking care of the Emmanuel building, Jim makes his own fishing flies and lures, fishes with them, walks Ziva the German Shepherd, and face-times with his two grandchildren. He and Jeannie also teach 4th, 5th, and 6th grade Sunday school and he is serving on the deacon board.