Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors
Emily began her ministry at Bethel in July 2012, immediately following her ordination as an Elder in the United Methodist Church in June 2012. In her current role, she is senior pastor of both Bethel and their sister church Philadelphia UMC in York. She enjoys leading worship and Bible studies as well as walking alongside people from our church family and our community. Emily serves Bethel and our community by being involved with the Bethel Men’s Shelter, Bethel’s Soup Kitchen, by serving on the District and Conference Boards of Congregational Development, Connectional Ministries and the Rapid Response and Refugee and Immigrant Ministries Team.
Before moving to Rock Hill, she served for two years as the pastor of the West Metro Hispanic Ministry, a new church plant located in West Columbia, SC, where she launched a bilingual United Methodist community of faith. As part of this ministry, she created worship and Bible study opportunities in Spanish, developed an ESOL program, and advocated for the Hispanic community on a local, state, and national level.
Emily earned her Masters of Divinity from The Divinity School at Duke University and her Bachelor of Science in Biology and Spanish from Wofford College. Emily is a proud South Carolina native from Jonesville, SC, where she spent her childhood learning the value of hard work on her family farm. She grew up attending Bethlehem UMC in Jonesville.
Emily shares her life and ministry with her husband Marc, their beautiful daughters Isabella and Alexandra, and their spunky schnauzer Sugar Cookie. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, reading, and sampling coffee from around the world.
Malik Jenkins was born and raised in Summerville, SC. Growing up in church Malik was heavily involved with music whether it was singing on the choir, playing for service, or directing a choir. He attended Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC where he received his Bachelor of Music Education in Choral Music with a distinction of Cum Laude. Malik is currently the choral director of two wonderful schools in Richland County School District One Columbia, SC. When not at church or school Malik enjoys participating in community service projects, being among friends and family, nature, learning different languages, and playing piano for leisure! "Without music the world would be flat!"