ISM Staff

Ryan Francis
Ryan Francis/ Pastor of Student Ministry /
Ryan was born in Los Angeles and raised in St. Louis. 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 returned to L.A. to complete a Masters of Divinity at The Master’s Seminary before coming to serve at Immanuel. He and his wife, Joyce, have four young children.

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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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