Emily is a church planter. She makes new spiritual communities that are brimming with life, questions, and hope for a more just world. An ordained Lutheran pastor (ELCA), Emily 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. She is committed to building communities of faith that dismantle fear and hate, affirm LGBTQ people, and confront racial injustice.
Emily currently serves as the founding pastor of Dreams and Visions, an imaginative spiritual community of restoration, rooted in the LGBTQ+ community. At Dreams and Visions, we we find the courage to be our full selves. Called to this work by the Delaware-Maryland Synod, and working in collaboration with neighbors, this new congregation is just getting off the ground. Worship is soulful and Spirit-led, invites truth-telling and gratitude, and moves us closer to God’s dream.
From 2008-2017, Emily served as the founding pastor of St. Lydia's Dinner Church in Brooklyn, where worship is a full meal, shared around a dinner table. Emily and the congregation were involved on combatting police brutality and a lack of affordable housing with organizations such as Faith in New York. St. Lydia's is now a national model for new church starts and congregations seeking to explore the practice of Dinner Church.
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.
Contact Emily: firstname.lastname@example.org