Grace Emanuel – Co-op City Baptist Church

Church Building Fund

$2,690 of $0 raised


“The doctors said I probably wouldn’t live very long….”  

Our founding pastor, the late Rev. Julius Sasportas, would often share the story of his fragile start in life. But he defied the odds and lived for over 90 years.

Rev. Sasportas’ experience is a metaphor for the Co-op City Baptist Church.

We’ve had to scrape, sacrifice and fight for everything. Although we’ve been knocked down many times, by God’s grace, we have never been KNOCKED OUT.

Any day now, cranes will arrive on the site, and the “digging” will begin!

Our new church edifice will include a state-of-the-art facility to house a comprehensive youth education and recreational program.

But, we can do more things faster for our kids if we’re not in debt. Working in the red is why many large community-based projects shut down. And we will not fail these kids! We need to earn $100,000 in a year.

Kindly donate, and share this link through social media so others can join this effort.

It’s easy to say you want our kids to excel in math, reading, technology and science, but will you actively support such an outcome?

Even if you don’t know us, please do this **(seriously)** …

Pray over your credit card. Then make your donation as a love offering to God. He will bless you for being a blessing to children.  Thank you!

Personal Info

Donation Total: $20

Grace Emanuel

Rev. Grace M. Emanuel is a born and bred New Yorker, and has lived in the Bronx since the age of two. She is married, is the mother of two sons, and grandmother of two, as well.

Her career training was at the Bellevue School of Nursing, and she has been a licensed registered nurse since 1962. On March 2008, she retired from the position of Assistant Manager of Core Operations/Training at the New York Blood Center.

In May of 1997, Rev. Emanuel was licensed to preach, and in 2006 was ordained by the Co-op City Baptist Church.  She is the church’s first Minister of Christian Education, as well as its first Executive Minister under the pastorate of Rev. Dr. Sheldon E. Williams. Rev. Emanuel is a member of multiple ministries in the Co-op City Baptist Church. In 2005, Rev. Emanuel was named “Woman of the Year” by her church’s Women’s Day Committee.

Reverend Emanuel has pursued education in Christian life by completing the three levels of Bible certificate programs at the New York School of the Bible, and the Certificate in Christian Ministry Program at the New York Theological Seminary. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in letters from the College of New Rochelle. Rev. Emanuel completed the Master of Professional Studies in Pastoral Counseling at the New York Theological Seminary, and is a Certified Pastoral Care Specialist. She has established the Lay Shepherds’ Pastoral Care Ministry at the Co-op City Baptist Church to aid anyone seeking help in times of crisis.

In 2013, Rev. Emanuel became a volunteer with the Sexual Assault Treatment Program, based at North Central Bronx Hospital.  The aim of the program is to aid male and female victims of sexual assault as they begin their journey along the medical and legal paths as a survivor.

“The Lord has called me, and He has gifted me to teach and to preach! He has enabled and empowered me to tell His truth to a dying world in season and out; when they listen and when they don’t; even so, 1 know He hears. He has blessed me with His presence, and it pleases me to do His bidding. To God be the glory!”