Born at DePaul Hospital in St. Louis, Pastor Emily grew up in St. Ann, where she attended Hope Lutheran Grade School, after which she graduated from Lutheran High School North. She received Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music degrees from Valparaiso University, studying organ, piano and choral music. At the University of Iowa, she received a Master of Arts in Library and Information Science and a Masters in Business Administration. Most of her professional career was in business management and systems implementation. Through the years Emily has been active in a variety of Lutheran congregations as an organist, choir director and accompanist, Sunday School and confirmation class teacher, worship leader, and church council member. In 2009 she was awarded a Diaconal certificate in completion of the ELCA Southwest California Synod’s Equipping Leaders for Ministry (ELM) program; the cross she wears with her alb was given to her during the awarding of that certificate.
Pastor Emily began her seminary studies at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California; she transferred to Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary (PLTS), where she was awarded the Masters of Divinity degree in May 2013. In 2012-2013, she served as an Intern Pastor at an ELCA congregation in the Bay Area. She has done chaplaincy work in hospitals and residential care facilities and has been a patient care volunteer for hospices in the Bay Area and in St. Louis. Emily has been designated a Parish Ministry Associate (PMA) by the ELCA Central States Synod and is a member of the Transitional Ministry Team that has been formed to address the needs of congregations in the St. Louis area that are in transition.