On September 25, 2011, Rev. Milford J. Watters joined the staff Emmanuel Assembly of God as Senior Pastor.
Pastor Watters was born in Circleville, New York on September 14, 1947. He is the fourth child and second son of six children of the late Carl and Elsie (Ballard) Watters.
He attended Circleville and Pine Bush schools, graduating from Pine Bush High School, Pine Bush, NY in 1965.
After high school, he joined the Navy, having a tour of duty in Vietnam. While in the military, stationed in Gulfport, Mississippi, he met some young people who introduced him to Jesus. It was one of these young people, Linda (Walters), who became his wife. They were married on October 28, 1967.
After his military duty was complete, this happy couple settled down in Gulfport, Mississippi for four years volunteering in the local Assembly of God church. Then in 1971, they moved to Milfordâ€™s home town of Middletown, NY, becoming actively involved in Trinity Assembly of God.
From the time he surrendered his life to the Lord, Milford felt a call to the ministry. He preached in prisons, nursing homes and in churches. But in 1973, he entered Northeast Bible College to study for the ministry. He graduated from Valley Forge Christian College, Phoenixville, PA. (formerly Northeast Bible College) with a Bachelor of Science in Biblical Theology in 1977.
While in college, he was hired by the church he attended, to be Youth Pastor. A position he held through three of the four years while in college. After college graduation, his first pastorate was in Green Lane, PA. He pastored there for four years, and then went on to Pastor for three years in Mill City, PA, a suburb of Scranton. In January 1984 he became the Senior Pastor of Emmanuel Assembly of God Allentown, PA. He pastored Emmanuel for 18 years.
In July of 2002 Pastor Watters became the Associate Pastor at Gospel Tabernacle Assembly of God Mount Morris, Pa. Then in 2007 he became the Senior Pastor.
After being away for 9 years the Watters once again assumed the pastorate at Emmanuel. They are very excited and happy to once again pastor a wonderful congregation and looking forward to all God has in store for the future.
The Watters have one grown daughter, Andrea. She and her husband Carl are Youth Pastors at Mount Morris Gospel Tabernacle. The Watters also have two grandchildren, Abigail, who is 13 years old and Megan who is 10 years old.
Pastor Stephen Fulkes came to Emmanuel in October of 2009 with his wife Michelle and their daughter Zipporah Joy. Stephen has been involved in music of all kinds since childhood, and has been leading worship since 2004. In his teen years, Stephen felt the call of God to use music for ministry. Stephen plays the piano, the trumpet, the drums, a little bass guitar, and sings. Stephen graduated from North Central University in 2001 with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance, and took his first Music Pastor position soon after. He received credentials with the Assemblies of God in February 2009. Stephen and his wife Michelle were married in June of 2008, and their daughter was born a year later. Their second daughter, who they named Shiloh Grace was born Nov 3, 2010. Stephen and Michelle’s desire is to be servants of God while at Emmanuel.
John Coyne / Custodian – (Photo coming soon)