In 2009 Steven Castello began the work of planting a church in the heart of Birmingham's Southside neighborhood. Two and a half years later, Andy Adkison and his family moved to town to plant a church in the east side of BHAM. Soon, these two guys connected and began collaborating together in various ways. It didn't take long for them to recognize how like-minded they were in their approaches to church planting, and the similarity of their churches. Eventually the question was raised, "Could we do more for the Kingdom of Christ together?" On April 5th, 2015, the two church plants merged together to collectively form Immanuel Church. The vision of Immanuel is to be a diverse family of disciples living to make the real Jesus known to every person in Birmingham and beyond.