Emmanuel Chapel had a very interesting beginning. December 31, 1938, the Chapel Car Emmanuel was located on a siding east of South Fork near the old water tower. The first Sunday School was held at 2:00 p.m. on October 2, 1939. This special “church” was a railroad car with a sanctuary on one end and a parsonage on the other. The American Baptist Bible Society had a number of these railroad cars which were built and sent out to evangelize the west and to assist struggling churches. The purpose in the visit of Chapel Car Emmanuel was to assist a struggling church in Del Norte. Since they couldn’t get a siding in Del Norte it was located in South Fork. Rev. Howard Perry and his wife were heading up this ministry.
On October 2, 1939, George “Cap” Horton offered an acre of land to be able to build a church in South Fork. Jan 20, 1940, the paperwork was finished and on Feb. 13, 1940 16 men and women met in the Chapel Car to discuss building the chapel. It was originally organized as Emmanuel Mission Chapel-Hall. On May 5, ground was broken with 125 people in attendance. The Building was built, “through gifts of 150 individuals, 23 businesses, churches, donations of labor, equipment, time, advice, materials and good will.” On December 8, 1940 at 2:00 p.m. the building was dedicated.
After Rev. Perry left the area a number of local pastors assisted in ministering to the people in the community. From 1954-67, retired Baptist pastor Rev. Raymond Settle served as pastor driving up from Monte Vista. He was followed by lay-minister Dr. L.A. Wilcox a retired M.D. From June to September 1971, Douglas Sharp filled the pulpit. That fall David Daniel was asked to serve as a lay minister and he commuted to South Fork from Monte Vista. He continues as pastor to this date. The church voted to call David full time December 31, 1978, and voted to approve his acceptance January 7, 1979. He moved his family up full time in 1979. The church established Articles of Constitution June 15, 1975, and was incorporated December 30, 1977.
Over the years the facility has gone through a number of changes:
Numerous other building and renovating events have been experienced over the years, but we praise the Lord for His grace and extended provision to keep this ministry growing and fulfilling the Great Commission.