Pastor Emily was appointed to Matthews Memorial in July of 2018, after having served five years as Associate Pastor at City Road Chapel UMC (also in Madison). Prior to that, she served churches in Topeka, KS, and Nashville. She was ordained elder in 2012, in the Kansas East Conference of the UMC. Emily took her Bachelor of Arts in Religion from Columbia University. Her Master of Divinity is from the Vanderbilt Divinity School. She is completing work on her Doctor of Ministry degree from Wesley Theological Seminary.

Emily is passionate about simplifying life and helping people come to be more present to the work of God all around them. She is a certified yoga instructor, and finds that meditation is one of the most powerful Christian spiritual practices. She loves worship and connecting with people that she wouldn’t ordinarily meet.

Emily has two children, Todd and Vicki Jo. In her spare time, she enjoys leading her daughter’s Girl Scout troop, home-brewing, practicing yoga, gardening and cooking, and forming community with others around her.

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