Archie is the founding and current Pastor of Ocean State Baptist Church in Smithfield, RI. Archie and his wife Linda started Ocean State Baptist in 1975 with only their family shortly after graduating from Baptist Bible College in Springfield, Missouri.

After 40 years of faithful leadership God has grown Ocean State Baptist Church from humble beginnings with three people in a rented bank to over a thousand weekly attendees.. Archie’s vision and faithful leadership have made him both a leader and a mentor to a generation of New England pastors. The Emersons are the parents of two grown children, Tammy and Paul.