Emmanuel Baptist Church is based in the Clinton Hill section of Brooklyn, and was organized on April 29, 1881; and, resembling a French Gothic cathedral, its chapel opened on September 6, 1883, and was dedicated in April,1887. The development of children and youth ministries, and most recently, its Jazz Vespers ministry, has been a major axchievement of the current pastorate. Emmanuel Baptist Church is recognized, as a charitable and religious organization exempt from federal income taxes, under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Emmanuel Baptist Church started a Jazz Vespers series in September 2010, and has presented to a diverse, Brooklyn based audience, several internationally renowned, and nationally recognized NEA Master jazz artists. The Emmanuel Jazz Vespers series is hosted in its main sanctuary, which is equipped with state-of-the-art High Defininition video projection, accompanied by a theater quality sound system; current attendance exceeds 500 patrons per Jazz Vespers.