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, serving on Durham CAN's strategy team and as a co-chair of the clergy caucus, and visioning alongside staff and lead teams. In addition to EWay, Molly has taught within the Department of Homiletics at Duke Divinity School. She lives in Durham 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. 


    2022 Lead Team Members

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

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

    Year One: Elan Hope & Dave Thiessen


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    Hyewon & MICHAEL grigoni, Artists in residence

    Emmaus Way has a rotating model for artist in residence. Michael and Hyewon Grigoni are our Artists in Residence for our current series. Hyewon and Michael are artists who have been living and working in Durham since 2014.


    Hyewon has engaged in a variety of creative practices since childhood. Lately, she's focused on painting, dioramas, and motherhood. Her work and writing have appeared in art shows, in print, and on air for public radio. Currently on exhibition at the Vault Gallery, 21C Museum and Hotel, Durham, is Hyewon's 8-piece series, Code of Ethics, which runs March - September 2022. She also joins 40 other local artists with a pentaprism diorama for group show, Prototype, currently showing at the PopBox Gallery, RTP/Durham, through May 7, 2022. Hyewon believes that art, like good writing or good religion, can comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. Her work aims to achieve a little of both in equal measure.


    Michael is a musician who plays dobro, lap steel guitar, and pedal steel guitar, and records for ambient/experimental label 12k. His music has been described as “cinematic pastoral” (Stationary Travels), “meditative, evolving, expectant; a kind of slow Americana” (Le Devoir), and capable of “holding you at a deliberative, transformational distance” (Indy Week). NPR Music included Slow Machines among its top ten albums of February 2020. He holds a PhD in religion from Duke University where he serves as Assistant Director for Faculty Initiatives at the Kenan Institute for Ethics.