Emily grew up in California and fell in love with Chicago while studying Sociology and Urban Studies at Wheaton College. She started attending New Community in 2007, and lives in Avondale with her husband Mark and three little and rambunctious kiddos: Veronica, Davey, and Nehemiah. Prior to NewCom, Emily envisioned and led programs in nonprofit, higher education, and start-up spaces. In addition to serving as Executive Director, Emily directs our Children, Family, and Youth Ministries. When she isn’t dreaming about new ways to align our church ministries and integrate kids into the NewCom mission, she’s running through the neighborhood, drinking coffee, or talking about current events.