ISM Staff

Ryan Francis
Ryan Francis/ Pastor of Student Ministry /
Ryan is the husband of Joyce and father of Zoey (4), Sofia (2), and Leo (1). He earned his B.S. in mathematics at Illinois College, where he played football and came to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. He then completed a Masters of Divinity at The Master’s Seminary in Los Angeles before coming to serve at Immanuel. He enjoys sports, books, and is an aspiring expert in dad jokes.

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JJ Engelbrecht
JJ Engelbrecht/ Director of Middle School /
JJ was born in Cape Town, SA. JJ is passionate about soccer, long-distance running, and music, but his greatest passion of all was produced by God following his salvation in 2010; and that passion is to lift high the Name of Jesus in all that he does. The manifestation of that desire has resulted in full-time ministry for the last 3 years, and has now led him to Immanuel.

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Ashley-Rose Blackwell
Ashley-Rose Blackwell/ Assistant Program Director /
Ashley-Rose has been a part of ISM at Immanuel since 2014 serving as a small group leader for high school girls, and joined the staff to continue her love of working with students. She holds a degree in business from Liberty University and a deep affinity for questions, theater, and chocolate cake.

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