Copy of Paul Emily 003Rev. E. Paul Emily came to St. Luke’s United Church of Christ in February of 2015. He brings with him over thirty years of experience in ordained ministry. His ministry has included congregational settings and health care chaplaincy.

Paul is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Blue Mountain College in Mississippi and holds a Master of Divinity degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He came to the United Church of Christ with dual standing in the Alliance of Baptists in 2005 and currently has ministerial standing and chaplaincy endorsement solely within the United Church of Christ.

He finds the UCC to be a great fit for the ministry to which he is committed as a pastor. His focus is facilitating the work of God’s transformation in the lives of those with whom he ministers. He utilizes his pastoral care training in the care of the members of his congregation who face issues of crisis, life transitions, aging, death and dying. Making the message of scripture relevant and applying faith to daily living are aims of his ministry. Two of his favorite theologians are Dr. Seuss and Walt Disney.

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Paul grew up in small-town Missouri and lived in the Metro St. Louis area for sixteen years with his wife, Dianne before coming to Independence. Paul and Dianne have two daughters, Katy: who is ten and Elsa who is eight. Paul also has two grown children who live on their own, Bethany and Jordan. Paul and his family enjoy day hikes and bike riding.