Emmanuel grew up in Santa Cruz County. He earned a degree in Addiction Studies from Bethany University in Scotts Valley, and a degree in Marital & Family Therapy at Western Seminary, San Jose. For the past 17 years he has been helping addicts and families as a counselor and administrator at New Life Community Services in Santa Cruz. Since 1997, Emmanuel has been an instructor for various addictions and psychology programs. He is a member of the Board of Directors at New Life Center church. Emmanuel is married and has two teenage daughters. Emmanuel came on board at Western Seminary San Jose in the spring of 2012. He currently teaches Physiology and Pharmacology of Addiction (CNS 527S).