Emily is a church planter. That means she makes new spiritual communities. 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.
Currently, Emily beginning to create a new church community in Baltimore. Called to this work by the Delaware-Maryland Synod, and working in collaboration with neighbors, she's imagining an LGBTQ-rooted community of joy, restoration and justice where we're free to be the people God made us. Worship will be soulful and Spirit-led, invite truth-telling and gratitude, and move us to bring God's dream of justice into being.
From 2008-2017, Emily served as the founding pastor of St. Lydia's Dinner Church in Brooklyn, where worship was 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