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 Wummett, 

    Pastor Of

    EMmaus Way

    A native Tennessean, Molly Brummett Wudel first came to North Carolina eight years ago on a Wait Fellowship at Wake Forest University School of Divinity. After winning Baptist Women in Ministry’s Addie Davis National Award for Excellence in Preaching, two of her sermons were published in The World is Waiting on You: Celebrating the 50th Ordination Anniversary of Addie Davis (2014). Molly finds life in fostering diverse relationships, dreaming outside the box, thinking theologically, drinking strong coffee, reading good poetry, enjoying hearty laughter, organizing political community, and living into Open Table hospitality. 


    As pastor of Emmaus Way, she focuses her time on curating the weekly worship gathering, creating space for theological and spiritual formation, cultivating deeper community relationships, engaging local missional partners (Durham CAN, Religious Coalition), and visioning alongside staff and lead teams. When not working for Emmaus Way, Molly teaches as a preceptor in the Department of Homiletics at Duke Divinity School. She lives in the Morehead Hill neighborhood with her husband, James and their precious pup, Greta.

    Ben haas, 

    pastor

    As a pastor at Emmaus Way, Ben draws liberally on the community's vision of staff as multi-dimensional, bi-vocational people. His weeks take shape around pastoral collaboration with staff team and work as Director of Religious Coalition for a Nonviolent Durham. Harmonizing those two is his chief pastime, and keeps him busy nudging the diverse expressions of Emmaus Way toward the fullness of God's work in our city. Harboring a lifelong fascination with the places faith and music intersect (MM, University of North Texas; MA, UNC-Chapel Hill), he also curates Emmaus Way's engagement with art and local artists. Ben and his wife Amanda recently marked their first decade in Durham, and live in the Southside neighborhood with their daughter Rowan and a cat named Neko.

    Rhody Mastin, 

    Pastor

    Rhody is a pastor at Emmaus Way who focuses primarily on kids and intergenerational community life. Originally from Virginia, she studied social policy at the University of Virginia before moving to Durham for her Masters of Divinity at Duke University Divinity School. She writes the curriculum for Emmaus Way's children, supervises the paid staff and many volunteers who work with children, and plans occasions for children, family members, and Emmaus Way friends to interact outside of Sunday nights. As a bi-vocational minister, she is also a birth and postpartum doula.


    elizabeth efirD,

    Co-Minister

    on Staff

    Elizabeth serves on staff team as a lay person among the three pastors. She helps cultivate and maintain interpersonal health among staff and contributes to the vision of Emmaus Way’s community life, offering unique and thoughtful perspective as a founding member of the community. This year, as she transitions from being Children’s Coordinator to Co-Minister on Staff, she will support and collaborate with Rhody in continuing to foster a community shaped by the presence of children as full participants. Elizabeth was a NC Teaching Fellow at UNC-Chapel Hill and taught English at Durham School of the Arts for six 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: Lindsey Naegeli

    Year Two:  Kyle Clark-Sutton (Lay Leader), Christine Folch, 

    Will Rhodenhiser, & Susan Jakes

    Year One: Russell Brun, Marie Curran, & Clinton Dreisbach