WHO WE ARE
Our vision for pastoral leadership includes a group of bi-vocational leaders who serve a congregation of "ministers" (our term for persons who have committed to be a part of our community). As bi-vocational persons, we all bring passion and experiences from other venues in our community to our work at Emmaus Way. We work together in an egalitarian manner, serving as a team of friends and equals. As professional staff, we utilize our experience and gifts to support a community of ministers who all work to embody the redemptive kingdom of Christ.
MOLLY BRUMMETT WUDEL, CO-PASTOR
Molly Brummett Wudel serves as a Pastor of Emmaus Way. She finds life in fostering diverse relationships, thinking creatively about the in-breaking Kingdom of God, dreaming outside the box, thinking theologically, drinking strong coffee, frolicking outside, dancing in the streets, reading good poetry, enjoying hearty laughter, and living into embodied radical hospitality.
She incorporates all of these passions into the life of Emmaus Way with an emphasis on cultivating deeper community relations, enriching local missional partnerships, and helping curate theological formation. Molly serves as staff liaison on Emmaus Way’s Lead Team, plans with the Text Team, assists with the Hospitality Team and engages in the work of Durham CAN and Religious Coalition for a Nonviolent Durham. She graduated from Wake Forest University School of Divinity, was ordained by a Cooperative Baptist Fellowship congregation, and holds clergy recognition in the Alliance of Baptists.
Each fall, Molly precepts at Duke Divinity for an Introduction to Preaching Course. She lives in the Lakewood neighborhood with her husband, James.
TIM CONDER, CO-PASTOR
Tim is the founding pastor of Emmaus Way. He works alongside Molly to lead the weekly dialogue in our Sunday gathering (our version of a sermon), helps direct Emmaus Way's partnership with Durham CAN, and provides pastoral care, spiritual direction, and relational guidance in our community. In keeping with Emmaus Way's vision of a bi-vocational staff, Tim is presently a PhD Candidate in Cultural Studies at University of North Carolina. His research interests include social movements, identity theories, and theological ethnography. He also works as a tutor at the Writing Center at UNC.
Tim is the author of three books, The Church in Transition: The Journey of Existing Churches into the Emerging Culture, Free For All: Rediscovering the Bible in Community (with Dan Rhodes), and Organizing Church: Grassroots Practices for Embodying Change in Your Congregation, Your Community, and Our World (forthcoming, also with Dan Rhodes). He has contributed to many other professional and academic publications including The Emergent Manifesto of Hope and a recent publication on the life of Eugene Peterson entitled Pastoral Work.
Tim has served as trustee at The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology, been a member of Durham's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Steering Committee, and was one of the founders of Emergent Village. He currently serves on the Clergy Caucus and Strategy Team of Durham CAN. He is married to Meredith, and they have two children—Keenan (a 4th year at the University of North Carolina) and Kendall (a 2nd year at the University of North Carolina).
BEN HAAS, FACILITATOR
As a facilitator on staff, Ben spends his time in the cracks and on the boundaries of Emmaus Way's community life. He moves freely within those formative spaces as an all-purpose connector and curator: minding logistics, engaging local artists, fostering staff collaboration, and generating community conversations that intersect faith, culture, and politics. Working alongside staff and lay leadership, he seeks to guide the diverse expressions of Emmaus Way towards the fullness of what our community might become.
Ben splits his time between Emmaus Way and work as Executive Director of Religious Coalition for a Nonviolent Durham. He lives in Durham's Southside neighborhood with his wife Amanda, their imminently expected daughter, and a cat named Neko.
MARK WILLIAMS, LEAD ARTIST
Mark currently serves as the Lead Artist at Emmaus Way. He is an award-winning singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, music producer, audio engineer, social worker, and psychotherapist, sometimes even in that order. Musically, he has produced and/or engineered for the likes of No Depression's Artist of the Decade Alejandro Escovedo, CASC winner Jason Harrod, Dove Award winner Christa Wells, and noted jazz pianist Chip Crawford. Mark owns and operates a local recording studio, as well as practices as a psychotherapist at the Center for Psychological and Family Services. For more information, please visit his website at http://www.mark-williams.com.
LAURA WOOTEN & WENDY RENS, LAY LEADERS
Emily and Laura serve as co-chairs of Emmaus Way's lay leadership team (Lead Team), and liaisons between that team and Emmaus Way staff. Working with these two groups, they help connect and facilitate the diversity of teams and functions that drive Emmaus Way, from finances and logistics to missional and community life.
Lead team is a governing body of lay leaders drawn from and representative of the co-ministers of Emmaus Way. Lead team serves its fellow ministers by facilitating Eway's community and missional life, and overseeing the finances and logistics of our community. Members typically serve three-year terms, with new members rotating on/off each year.
Year Three: Joel Luber, Laura Wooten
Year Two: Wendy Rens, Lindsey Naegeli
Year One: Kyle Clark-Sutton, Will Rhodenhiser, Christine Folch