Emily is a Lutheran pastor (ELCA). She believes that Christian practice holds out rich possibilities that call us to reach out across boundaries in love, learn through discomfort, and build relationships that bring God's realm close. Emily is committed to building communities of faith that dismantle fear and hate, affirm LGBTQ people, and confront racial injustice.
From 2008-2017, Emily served as the founding pastor of St. Lydia's, a Dinner Church in Brooklyn, where communion is shared at the dinner table. After saying goodbye to this beloved congregation, Emily is traveling the country by van, working on a writing project, and listening for God's call!
A graduate of Yale Divinity School, Emily received the Alumni Award for Distinction in Congregational Ministry in 2016. She was the Director of Worship at The Riverside Church from 2007-2009, and a cofounder of Music That Makes Community. Her work at St. Lydia's has been covered by The Atlantic and the Wall Street Journal.