Staff Team

Our staff team is a group of leaders who serve our community together as friends and equals, bringing their passion and experience from other areas to this work. Using their gifts and training, they support a community of co-ministers working together to embody Christ's transformative Kin-dom.

    Rebecca Hewitt-Newson, Pastor

    Rebecca grew up in Virginia, then studied at Elon University and Wake Forest University School of Divinity. Previously a board-certified chaplain, Rebecca worked in the Providence Health Care System in Los Angeles, supporting patients, families, and medical staff. She then served as Minister for Family Life at Millbrook Baptist Church in Raleigh prior to joining the Emmaus Way community in 2020.


    As a pastor at Emmaus Way, Rebecca brings passion for the ways that adults and children can learn and grow together through embracing common joys, igniting imagination, and working alongside each other to build just and loving community. Rebecca is also an advocate for public education, currently serving on the board of Pastors for North Carolina Children. Rebecca lives in Raleigh with her husband, Ryan, and two children, Atticus and Isaac. They love to play outside and enjoy listening to and making music together.

    Molly Brummett WUDEL,Pastor

    A native Tennessean, Molly first came to North Carolina ten years ago on a Wait Fellowship at Wake Forest University School of Divinity. She is recipient of Baptist Women in Ministry’s Addie Davis National Award for Excellence in Preaching (2013), and is published in The World is Waiting on You: Celebrating the 50th Ordination Anniversary of Addie Davis (2014) and Believe the Women: A Journey of Liberation with Alliance of Baptists' Women (2019). 


    As a pastor at Emmaus Way, Molly focuses her time on curating the weekly worship gathering, creating space for theological and spiritual formation, cultivating deeper community relationships, engaging local missional partners, serving as the co-chair of Durham CAN's clergy caucus, and visioning alongside staff and lead teams. In addition to Emmaus Way, Molly teaches as a preceptor in the Department of Homiletics at Duke Divinity School. She lives in the Forest Hills neighborhood with her husband, James, their daughter George, and a precious pup named Greta.

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    Co-Minister on Staff

    Elizabeth serves on staff team as its lay person among the pastors. She offers unique and thoughtful perspective as a founding member of the community. Since its inception, Elizabeth has served Emmaus Way in a variety of roles and currently serves as chair of the Children’s Team. 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. 


    2021 Lead Team Members

    Year Three:  Kaleb Naegeli

    Year Two: Jessica Boyter, Brett Fox, & Sallie Gentry

    Year One: Becca Lamb, Joy Williamson, & Jim Thomas


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    Adam Barnard, Artist in residence

    Emmaus Way has a rotating model for artist in residence and Adam is our Artist in Residence from August 2021-February 2022. 


    Adam has been a musician for close to twenty years, now. During that time, he’s been lucky enough to play with a wide array of artists in a whole host of different settings. Lately, Adam’s been particularly interested in questions about art’s role in communal imagination and storytelling and the complicated relationship between art, capitalism, and propaganda.

     

    Adam is currently living in Saxapahaw, NC, and when he’s not chasing his son, Townes, around the yard, he’s going on a short run, reading a weird book, or daydreaming about learning woodworking.