One of Pastors which made a big impact at Emmanuel was the Rev. Lawrence Blair Gilmore, Th. D (1928 - 1950). Pastor Gilmore was the very first Pastor of Emmanuel. It was stated in an memorial service insert that "The absorbing interest in Dr. Gilmore's life was his study of the Word.... He was fearless in its defense .. To give out the Gospel he preached, labored, wrote tracts, drew pictures, gave street talks". It also stated; "Emmanuel Church will remain unto this coming again of our Saviour, as a particular monument to our dear Brother Lawrence"