Jesus called them together ...

and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. 26 Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— 28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Our Senior Pastor

Rev. Wilner Maxy
Rev. Wilner Maxy
Senior Pastor - Pastorate

A Man of God

Reverend Wilner Maxy is a 31 year veteran ministering in an underprivileged, low income to impoverished communities. Rev. Maxy prepared himself for the work of ministry by attending Trinity International University, Florida Memorial College, and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary earning a Master of Arts Degree and an Associates Degree in Theology. In 1983 Rev. Maxy began offering his services as Senior Pastor of Haitian Emmanuel Baptist Church. Rev. Maxy exemplifies excellence in his work within the church and in the community. This Site is to promote and make the public aware of the Wilner Maxy Community Center. Our objective is to help our community for a better tomorrow. We hope that you can join us in our mission to make our community better.

A Servant

Rev. Wilner Maxy was born on April 1,1936 in Saint Louis du Nord, Haiti. He was named after his father Cepalasse Maxy who died when he was only seven years old. His mother, Clotilde Chalumeau Maxy, who fought to raise six children with only God as a provider, taught him strong values and beliefs. Rev. Maxy spent his childhood in Saint Louis du Nord and Port-de-Paix for his elementary through high school education. Two years prior to the completion of his high school education, which is called Baccalaureate I & II, he moved to Port-Au- Prince, Haiti. Thereafter, in 1957-1960, Rev. Maxy decided to pursuit his education and obtained a diploma in Land Surveying and Topographer from which he had been working before migrating to the United States.

Rev. Maxy came to the United States in March 1970. Without wasting any time, he went to Lindsay Hopkins Technical School for Engineering and Architectural drawing. In 1971, Rev. Maxy gave his life to Jesus as his personal Savior and joined, one year later, the Haitian Emmanuel Baptist Church. He was baptized in 1973, one year after joining the church. Rev. Maxy has exemplified nothing but excellence in the church and in the community. He has always been commented by both his family and church members for his good conduct and humility. While he was just a member of the congregation, many people saw in him the potential to be a leader. The Lord used him until he was nominated to be an ordained Deacon of the Church in 1975.

A Great Leader

As a Deacon, Rev. Maxy always referred to the “I have a dream speech of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.”. He read it once and liked to watched it on television. He was deeply moved by Dr. King’s words so much that he memorized the entire speech. He admired Dr. King’s gift for communicating a clear vision and his ability to pull people together to work toward a common goal. Dr. King became one of Rev. Maxy’s inspirations. Inspired by the success of Dr. King’s leadership, he thrived on the hard work that his academic and his extracurricular activities required. As an active member and deacon of the church, he worked incessantly evangelizing and creating evangelistic programs to assist the Senior Pastor in increasing the membership of the church. He taught Sunday school and Bible Studies until the Lord allowed him to be ordained as the Senior Pastor of the Church.

Rev. Maxy recognized that although college would be expensive, it would provide him the education he needed to accomplish his goals. In 1983, he went to New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary where he received a certificate, five years later, in 1987. He refused to remain with only a biblical certificate, he signed off to go to Florida Memorial College to obtain an Associate degree in Theology, which he received three years later.

Again, his most important goal as Senior Pastor was to educate the people about evangelism and Christian responsibilities. He taught them everything he knew, and he made sure that all prospective leaders attend at least three conferences based on different spiritual topics and biblical seminaries every year. He spent most of his time with the Sunday school staff members by using the layman leadership to teach them how to properly conduct Sunday School classes and evangelism He also created different programs to attract new members to the church.

Rev. Maxy felt that he needed to sharpen his skills to better serve the community and the upcoming generation. The more he had to offer to the community the more they were going to be willing to stay in the neighborhood and bring other educated members in. He made another decision to go to Trinity International University (TIU/TED) in 1997 in pursuit of a degree, Master of Art in Religion (MAR).

Throughout his ministry, Rev. Maxy has worked to make a difference in the church and the community. When Rev. Maxy became Pastor of the church in 1983, there were approximately 300 members. Now, with God’s help and his leadership, the membership has increased to 1200 adults and over 400 children and youth.

Haitian Emmanuel Baptist Church has become a pillar of hope to it’s community, because of it’s structure and leadership development; a model for most Haitian churches in South Florida. The most important thing I like about Rev. Maxy is his eagerness to share with any pastor in the community how to be successful besides waiting for the Holy Spirit only to do the job.

Not only is Rev. Maxy a full time pastor, he also serves on many boards. In 1990, he was the Chair of the Haitian Fellowship Board in Miami, in 1994, he was a member of the Co-Fraternal Missionary Baptist of Florida. Since 1996 to present he has been a member of Resolution Committee at the Board of Missions of Florida Baptist Convention. From 1998 to present, he has also been a member of the Baptist Health System of trustees.

41 years

The Associate Pastors

Rev. Jean Joël Vilpin
Rev. Jean Joël Vilpin
Associate Pastor - Local Missions / Security Team

Born on September 18,1967, Pastor Joel Vilpin was raised in Petion-Ville, Haiti. A man with a desire to be a faithful servant of Lord. He has been married to Andiela Vilpin for more than 25 years. They have three beautiful Children: Joel Jr., Veronique and Andreana. He also has an adoptive son named Johnny. He is involved with the local missionary group, with the youth as counselor, president of our social affairs, Sunday school assistant monitor just to state a few. He has a bachelor’s in criminal justice in addition to two master’s degree in both Divinity and Theology from the school of New Orleans Theological seminary and Jacksonville Theological Seminary.  Along with being a part of the Prison Ministry, Rev. Vilpin was also a correctional officer for more than 20 years and is currently in training to be a Chaplain for the Prison system as well.

Serves as an associate pastor and works at missions and security - Since
Rev. Clervy Mérilus
Rev. Clervy Mérilus
Associate Pastor - Evangelism

Clervy Merilus was ordained Pastor in 1992 and has been a faithful servant of the Lord at the Baptist Church of God and Jesus-Christ. He joined Haitian Emmanuel Baptist Church in 2001, and serves as the Director of Evangelism Department. He holds a Bachelor degree in Social Services. He is married to Bernadette Merilus and has only one Son.

Serves as pastor of evangelism - Since 1992
Rev. Kadès Prudent
Rev. Kadès Prudent
Associate Pastor - Sunday School Professor

Born in 1937 in Port-au-Prince Haiti, Kades Prudent gave his life to Jesus-Christ on February 1968. After serving Haitian Emmanuel Baptist Church for ten years as deacon, he was ordained Pastor and become the leader of Haitian Emmanuel Baptist of Nazareth for over two decades. Now he serves as pastor of the church in the Education department. He holds an Associate degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He is married to Ketny Potus. He is a faithful servant of God.

Serves as an associate pastor and teaches in Sunday School - Since 1995
Rev. Ronald Eugene
Rev. Ronald Eugene
Associate Pastor - New Vision - Youth Ministry

Ronald Eugene currently serves as Pastor of NEW VISION Emmanuel Baptist Church since 2003. He is married to his wife Carole, and has two beautiful children Corey, and Courney. He currently attends Moody Bible Institute pursuing his Bachelor on Biblical studies. He loves the Lord & people. His passion and desire are to serve the Lord & see others serve the Lord also. He is a faithful servant at Emmanuel Baptist Church since 1988.

Serves as Youth Pastor
Rev. Wadler Jules
Rev. Wadler Jules
Associate Pastor - Education / Missions

Wadler Jules was born in the town of Saint-Louis du Nord, Haiti. He was raised in Haiti, where he became a Christian at the age of 12 and was baptized a year later. He is married to his wonderful wife Kernante since 1998. Rev. Jules holds a BA in French degree from FIU in Miami, a Master of Theology degree from Dallas Theological Seminary, and has obtained a Doctor in Ministry degree at NOBTS. He was ordained in 2003. He serves currently as Minister of Education and Mission.

Serving as pastor of Education and Missions - Since 2003
Rev. Jacques Moise Joseph
Rev. Jacques Moise Joseph
Associate Pastor - Administration

Jacques Moise Joseph was Born in Port-au-Prince Haïti on 1946. In Haiti he was the president of the youth association and a Sunday school teacher. He left Haiti on August 1975 and become a member at Haitian Emmanuel Baptist Church where He serves as a deacon for over 22 years. In 1997, he was ordained Pastor and currently serves the church as the Assistant pastor. He is married to his beautiful wife Gislaine and has 3 children. He has an Associate degree from NOBTS.

Serving in administration - Since 1997

The Deacons

Charlot Matthieu
Charlot Matthieu
Member - Diaconate

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Roger Eugene
Roger Eugene
Member - Diaconate

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Jean-Robert Mesadieu
Jean-Robert Mesadieu
Member - Diaconate

Jean Robert Mesadieu was born and raised in Haiti until 19 years old. Lived in Miami since December 1978. Married to beautiful wife Guerlie Mesadieu and got three wonderful children: Jennifer , Shaynell, Hartley. He studied at Barry University and received a Bachelors degree in Business. Received Jesus Christ in July 2001 and baptized in December 2001. Since then, served at HEBC. Was ordained as a Deacon in December 30, 2012. Presently, pursuing a Masters in Divinity at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

ORIENTATION FOR NEW MEMBERS - Serving as a deacon since 2012
Clotaire Borgella
Clotaire Borgella
Member - Diaconate

Clotaire Borgella was born and raised in Haiti I moved to America at an adult age. I am first a servant of God, husband and father of six. I’ve been happily married to my beautiful wife Josette Borgella for the past 20 years. I became a member at Haitian Emmanuel Baptist Church in the 1999. The following year in July 2000 my wife and I dedicated our lives to Christ and got baptized together in December 2000. I obtain an Associates Degree in Ultrasound at ATI College. I am apart of several functions at the church which includes Sunday school teacher, missionary member, member of ministering to families, choir and choir committee and continue to serve as a deacon since December 2013. I look forward into growing in the Body of Christ. As Paul says it is not I that lives but it is Christ that lives in me for Christ I die for Christ I live.

Assisting members - Serving as a deacon since 2013
Frantz Merisier
Frantz Merisier
Member - Diaconate

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Karl Etienne
Karl Etienne
Member - Diaconate

Born & raised in Haiti, in a small town of the Northwest region called Jean-Rabel. I Made my first encounter with Jesus Christ at 12 yrs old, got baptized two years later and continued to serve him since. I Migrated to the US at 16 yrs of age, completed my high school and attended college. I obtained an associate degree in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (Respiratory Therapist) from Miami-Dade College & two years later obtained a Nursing degree from said College. I later obtained a Bachelor degree in Nursing from the university of Phoenix and currently pursuing a Master degree in that field. My greatest lifetime achievement beside serving Christ is marrying to my beautiful wife Chantal of 21 years & raising four beautiful children that we were blessed with. I have been attending Haitian Emmanuel Baptist Church since 1987 upon my arrival to the US, became a member, served in various capacities/ministries and in 2012 I was ordained as a Deacon where I continue to serve. Thanks

Assisting members - Serving as a deacon since 2012
Morel Faustin
Morel Faustin
Member - Diaconate

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Ainsel Charles
Ainsel Charles
Member - Diaconate

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Duverne Calixte
Duverne Calixte
Member - Diaconate

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Tanis Labranche
Tanis Labranche
Member - Diaconate

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Kenny Merilus
Kenny Merilus
Member - Diaconate

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Jude Dumond
Jude Dumond
Member - Diaconate

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Emmanuel Marcellus
Emmanuel Marcellus
Member - Diaconate

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Bonhomme Prevenance
Bonhomme Prevenance
Member - Diaconate

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Vernet Delva
Vernet Delva
Member - Diaconate

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Elie Isma
Elie Isma
Member - Diaconate

Brother Isma Elie was born in Haiti. He raised and did his education in different field activities : topography, accounting and civil engineering . He married to a beautiful girl Sister Josette and has 2 Children Jeslie and Saivintha. He holds an B.S. degree in Civil engineering in 2006 from FIU Miami. Brother Isma is dedicated his life to serve the Lord and Brothers and Sisters with humility, integrity, and honesty. Since the day he accepted Christ as his Savior in 1991 , he served in different Church ministry such Assistant Treasorer , Director of Finance Committee Ministry , Sunday School teacher, Director of Nomination and Election , Family Ministry Director and member of Mission aboard .

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Jacques Saintilnor
Jacques Saintilnor
Member - Diaconate

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Alphonse Jules
Alphonse Jules
Chairman - Diaconate

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Other Board and Executive Team Members

The church committee is consisted of the pastorate, the diaconate and the following members. 

Constance Nortelus
Constance Nortelus
Member - The Church Committee

One of the original founding members, Constance Nortelus has served Emmanuel Baptist Church in various capacities. She serves on the church’s committee board as a secretary for seven years. She established the inaugural children’s music ministry in 1992, serves as the director of Sunday School programming and has been an active member of the choir since 1973. An innovative entrepreneur by trade, she has spearheaded several initiatives for the advancement of the church, its members and the community it serves. She is married and has 4 daughters. Since 2001, her devotion and commitment as the Administrative Assistant continues to be inspired by one of her favorite scriptures: “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather in humility values others above yourselves not looking your own interests but each of you to the interest of others”. (Philippians 2:3-4, NLT).

Serving as an Administrative Assistant - Since 2001
Jackson Délicieux
Jackson Délicieux
Member - The Church Committee

Jackson Delicieux was born in the town of Saint-Louis-du-Nord, Haiti. He was raised in Haiti and part of his youth were shared between Saint-Louis-du-Nord and Petion-Ville. In 2003, he is resided in Miami Florida, where he became a Christian. He is married to his beautiful wife Olmise, and have three princesses Keilah, Akilah and Stella. Jackson holds a BA in mathematics at FAU in Boca Raton. Now, he is pursuing a master in the same area at UWF. He serves currently at different ministries (Sunday School, Sound Room, Youth and Finance).

Serving as a treasorer - Since 2008
Jean-François Léger
Jean-François Léger
Member - The Church Committee

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Serving as a youth leader - Since 2019
Jean-Phareau Dumond
Jean-Phareau Dumond
Member - The Church Committee

Jean-Phareau Dumond was born and raised in Haiti. He is a follower of Christ. He has joined Haitian Emmanuel Baptist Church since the year 1999. He soon married his wife Marleine. They are the parents of two handsome children – Dave and Nate – and they live happily ever after. Jean-Phareau sincerely believes that the pursuit of holiness is the most gratifying way of life.  He is a firm believer that faith in Jesus-Christ is, of all the worldviews, the unique one that truly provides genuine inner peace and much needed hope for mankind misery and predicaments. In addition to being responsible for the church prayer ministry, he serves as the committee secretary and holds a chair in the Sunday School Department.

Serving as a secretary - Since 2007
Jean-René Noël
Jean-René Noël
Member - The Church Committee

Jean left his home in La Pointe des Palmistes, Haiti to live in Miami at the age of 15. He attended Florida International University, where his passion for helping young people inspired him to earn a bachelor degree in secondary math education. He is married to his wife Rosenide and they are blessed with two children: Jayden and Jolen. Jean has been a member of this church since 1989 and is currently serving as the church treasurer where has worked diligently to balance the church budget by identifying and eliminating unnecessary or inefficient spending. He has earned the respect of the church leadership and congregation for his integrity, honesty, and diligence. His desire to make a difference in the lives of others, particularly needy children, led him to join Friends of Humanity For Haiti in bringing change and hope to some of the most vulnerable children in his native City of birth.

Serving as a treasorer - Since 2007