Staff Team

Our staff team is a group of bi-vocational leaders who serve our community together as friends and equals. As bi-vocational persons, our staff bring passion and experiences from other venues to their work at Emmaus Way. As professional staff, they use their experience and gifts to support a community of co-ministers who all work to embody the redemptive kingdom of Christ.

    MollY

    Brummett Wudel, 

    Pastor

    Molly serves as a Pastor of Emmaus Way. A graduate of Wake Forest University School of Divinity, and ordained in the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, she emphasizes cultivating deeper community relations, enriching local mission partnerships, and curating 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. Each fall, Molly precepts an Intro to Preaching course at Duke Divinity. She lives in the Lakewood neighborhood with her husband, James and their precious pup, Greta.

    Tim conder, pastor

    The founding pastor of Emmaus Way, Tim is presently a PhD Candidate in Cultural Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill. 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... (also with Dan Rhodes). 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 and Kendall.

    ben haas, facilitator

    As a facilitator on staff, Ben serves Emmaus Way as an all-purpose connector and curator: minding logistics, engaging local artists, and fostering staff collaboration. Working alongside staff and lay leadership, he spends his time nudging the diverse expressions of Emmaus Way towards the fullness of what our community might become. Ben's vocational life combines Emmaus Way with work as Executive Director of Religious Coalition for a Nonviolent Durham. He lives in Durham's Southside neighborhood with his wife Amanda, their newborn daughter Rowan, and a cat named Neko.


    mark williams,

    lead artist

    Mark serves on staff as Emmaus Way's Lead Artist. 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, and practices as a psychotherapist at the Center for Psychological and Family Services. Mark and his wife Katrina live in North Durham with their son Søren Kvothe Wynter. For more about Mark, visit his website at www.mark-williams.com.

    elizabeth  efirD,

    kids Coordinator

    Elizabeth serves on the staff team as an advocate for Emmaus Way’s vision of intergenerational community life – one that is shaped by the presence of children as full participants. She helps compose and plan the children-specific aspects of Sunday nights, supervises the four paid staff and the many volunteers who work with children, and plans occasions for children, family members, and Emmaus Way friends to interact outside of Sunday nights. Elizabeth was a NC Teaching Fellow at UNC-Chapel Hill, and taught English at Durham School of the Arts for 6 years. She is a Durham native and lives with her husband, David, and three children: Anna, Everett, and Grace. 

    Lead team

    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 Emmaus Way'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 and off each year.


    Year Three: Laura Wooten (Lay Leader), Joel Luber

    Year Two:  Lindsey Naegeli

    Year One: Kyle Clark-Sutton, Will Rhodenhiser, Christine Folch