Leadership & Staff
Alex DiPrima, Pastor
Alex is the preaching pastor of Emmanuel Church, giving special attention to preaching, counseling, and discipleship. He grew up in Miami, Florida where he came to faith as a young boy. He then spent his high school and college years in the upstate of South Carolina before moving to the Raleigh-Durham area for seminary training. In 2017, he, along with a small team, planted Emmanuel Church in northwest Winston Salem. Alex is married to his lovely wife Jenna and they have three children - two sons, Dominic and Judah, and a daughter, Camden. Alex and Jenna love to read, travel, and show hospitality in their home. Alex holds a B.S. in Finance from Clemson University, an M.Div. in Christian Ministry and Ph.D. in Historical Theology from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Alex has published several articles with the Gospel Coalition, 9Marks Ministries, the Spurgeon Center, and the London Lyceum.
Ben Allen, Pastor
Ben was raised in a Christian family in upstate New York. He moved to Mebane, North Carolina when he was thirteen and later became a member of Grace Reformed Baptist Church there in Mebane. While obtaining his B.S. in Computer Engineering from North Carolina State University, he met and married his wife, Andrea. God has blessed them with four children, Lindsay, Claire, Dean, and Pam. After several years in Mebane, Ben and Andrea decided to go with the church planting team and move their family to Winston Salem. Ben works as a full-time software engineer and was called to serve as a non-staff pastor of the church in 2019. Ben and Andrea love spending time with people in and out of their home.
Brad Kinnison, Pastoral Assistant
Brad is a lifelong native of North Carolina. He graduated from UNC Chapel Hill with a B.S. in Nursing before going on to obtain an M.Div. in Christian Ministry from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He was mentored in the ministerial training program at Grace Reformed Baptist Church in Mebane, NC before being sent out as part of the Winston Salem church plant team. Brad formerly worked full-time as a Trauma Emergency Room RN and now works full-time as a Pastoral Assistant at Emmanuel. He is also a deacon in the church. He is married to his lovely wife Abbie and they have one daughter named Maebry. Brad and Abbie enjoy all things outdoors, reading, and showing hospitality.
Rex Blackburn, Pastoral Assistant
Rex was born and raised in the Piedmont Triad. He graduated from Pensacola Christian College in 2012, double-majoring in History and Political Science; he obtained an M.S. in Curriculum & Instruction from the same institution in 2014. In 2021, Rex graduated from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary with an M.Div. Rex works full-time as an insurance agent specializing in Commercial Lines, and also teaches part-time at Oak Ridge Military Academy. He is married to Michelle, and they have two sons, Owen and Ransom. Rex enjoys hunting, genealogy, and playing the banjo.