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Church History

Immanuel Baptist Church was organized on Oct. 22, 1961, to minister to the English-language community of Madrid. The church received pastoral support from the International Mission Board (IMB) of the Southern Baptist Convention until 2002. During its first twenty-five years, IBC was the church home of hundreds of mostly US military personnel, as well as international diplomats and businessmen.

Today IBC is church home of people from over 35 nations with different ethnic backgrounds and a vast variety of personal and professional experience who enjoy worshipping in English in a truly international church with fellow Christians from other continents and denominations. Multiple ministries serve to connect people and help them grow in Christ and minister to others.

After originally meeting in a rented building for five years, the current property (which was a hunting lodge built in 1910 that belonged to the family of Alfonso XIII) was purchased and renovated. Immanuel was one of the first evangelical churches in Spain allowed to post a sign in 1964 during the Franco regime. Educational space was added in 1967, and the entire building was remodeled in 2001 after the roof caved in, aided by a grant from the International Baptist Convention.

IBC pastors:

Charles Whitten 1961-62 IMB missionary
James Watson 1963-73 IMB missionary
James Foster 1973-77 IMB missionary
Dan White 1978-90 IMB missionary
Michael Hester 1990-96 IMB missionary
Tim Smith 1997-99 IMB Mission Service Core
Victor Coleman 2000-02 IMB Mission Service Core
David Dixon 2002- First IBC-supported pastor
  Tim Melton 2008- Associate pastor

Prayer Warriors
Prayer warriors at a private home in Madrid, 1954. These ladies, wives of American army officers, gave the first impulse for a Baptist church in Madrid.

Official Recognition
Official recognition of IBC. Please click on the picture and read the article!

First Gathering
Opening service 1961 at IBC’s first gathering place, Gregorio Beñitez, El Viso/Madrid.

Immanuel Men
The Royal Ambassadors and The Brotherhood boys’ and men’s mission teams at IBC.

Sunday School
Sunday school members and their teacher on “Organization Day”, March 1961.

IBC Facade
Immanuel Baptist Church facade in the seventies.