Emmanuel Baptist Church

275 State St.  Albany, NY 12210
(518) 465-5161

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A Welcoming and Affirming Congregation

Minister:  Rev. Kathy J. Donley


Staff Biographies

The Rev. Kathy J. Donley 


The Rev. Kathy Donley was called to be our pastor on June 13, 2010 and began her ministry here on August 9.  She has a degree in psychology from Baylor University and an M.Div. from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY.   A Midwesterner by birth, Kathy spent several formative years as a missionary kid in Ghana, West Africa.  Kathy has served churches in Kansas, Indiana and Illinois. She enjoys relating to people of all ages and has served in many roles -- youth minister, campus minister, associate pastor, solo pastor and interim pastor, among them.  Kathy and her husband, Jim Wilkerson, have two teenage daughters, Molly and Erin.  Among her favorite pastimes are reading mysteries and science fiction, gardening, cuddling with her two big dogs and playing the hammered dulcimer. 

Dorothy is the first voice you hear on the phone or face you see at the door during office hours. Her warmth and caring set the tone for us. When not here at Emmanuel, she is a gourmet cook whose soups are to die for...

If music comes from the soul, then Michael is one soulful person. When he isn't getting an amazing sound out of our choir, he is accompanying opera singers.
Sometimes it seems as if Jim is always at the church building - cleaning, setting up chairs, taking down tables... but he does have a favorite task. If Jim is smiling, you can bet that a paintbrush is nearby.

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