Leadership & Staff
Alex is the senior pastor of Emmanuel Church, giving special attention to preaching, counseling, and discipleship. He grew up in Miami, Florida and 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 two children, a son Dominic 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 from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Historical Theology from the same institution. Alex has published several articles with 9Marks ministries, the Spurgeon Center, and Southeastern Seminary.
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. 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 of membership at Grace, 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.
Lai Chow Kok, Pastor
Lai Chow grew up in Malaysia and lived in Singapore for high school and college. He graduated from National University of Singapore and soon thereafter met his lovely wife, Wendy. They moved to the United States for him to further his medical training at the University of Hawaii and the University of Virginia. Lai Chow works as an electrophysiologist, a doctor who specializes in heart rhythm disorders in Winston Salem. They are blessed with two sons, Marcus and Matthew. Lai Chow and Wendy enjoy reading, savoring different cuisines, traveling and spending time with friends. His favorite music genre is jazz.
Brad Kinnison, Pastoral Assistant and Deacon
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 works full-time as a Trauma Emergency Room RN and part-time as a Pastoral Assistant at Emmanuel. He is also a deacon in the church. He is married to his lovely wife Abbie. Brad and Abbie enjoy all things outdoors, reading, and showing hospitality.
Zack DiPrima, Pastoral Assistant
Zack was born in South Florida and spent his high school and college years in South Carolina. He holds his B.S. in Finance from Anderson University and is currently working to finish his M.Div. at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Zack and his dear wife Erin moved from Atlanta in 2017 to join the work of planting Emmanuel Church. They have one son named Ezra. He works part-time in safety compliance for a company in Greensboro and serves Emmanuel Church as a pastoral assistant. Zack has the privilege of exalting Christ by leading the singing at Emmanuel. Zack and Erin love music, traveling, and having people in their home.
Stacey Grant, Administrative Assistant
Stacey was born in NC and has spent the majority of her life here. She graduated from the UNC-Wilmington and went on to earn a Masters in Counseling from East Carolina University. She spent the next several years as an Elementary School Counselor. Stacey and her husband, Jacob, are blessed to have two precious children, Alexander and Sarah. She has had the pleasure of homeschooling her kids for the past 9 years. Throughout their homeschooling journey, Stacey has served in various leadership roles for the Classical Christian Co-op her kids have attended. As she retires from her current director role, she looks forward to new challenges serving Emmanuel Church. The family loves the Tarheels and traveling.