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Mission: Emmanuel House is a Spiritual Formation Center that is committed to developing reflective, missional leaders through classes, retreats and personal Spiritual Direction. Our goal is to partner with local churches and ministries to cultivate lay-leaders who are strong in the Biblical texts, skilled in working with others and sensitive to the culture in which they minister. We want to help leaders engage in the process of their own spiritual formation as they point others to Christ. Our hope is to provide leadership training and spiritual direction to those who don't have the time or resources to attend a traditional seminary. We also want to be a resource for local churches and other ministries that don't have the resources or manpower to do this kind of training themselves.

Results: So far, we have seen about 40 students graduate with the equivalent of a Master's Degree of Divinity (MDIV) and/or certification in spiritual direction. Even those who did not complete the Master's requirements gained much just by being at Emma House for a short time!

Community Stories

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Former staff

Rating: 5

I really loved being at Emmanuel House as an intern for Precious and Liam. I learned a lot of skills there, not just about writing newsletters and setting up events, and doing some errands, but also about who I am as a person. The classes at Emmanuel House and the work I did there helped me grow so much spiritually in more ways than I had ever experienced. I learned so much more about the bible and also what it means to be a Christian and how to grow as a person. Being at Emmanuel House has been a huge, profound, and lasting impact on my life that I will never forget. I have made lifelong friends with Precious and Liam and am so grateful for their direction and spiritual wisdom in my life.

8 EmmaHouse


Rating: 5

I have seen the entire process that my parents, Liam and Precious Atchison, have gone through to begin and continue this ministry. I have not only learned a great deal simply from watching them interact with students and other people, but I have also been incredibly inspired by the mission of Emma House. Their focus is so personal and they really care about each individual who comes through the door. I think that the small class sizes, which provide a much more intimate and welcoming setting, is very appealing to most people. Also, as a household setting, it is comfortable, welcoming, and the coffee's always ready! Something that I see as a non-student but as a first-hand observer of how things are run, is how much time, even outside the classroom, that my parents put into this ministry. They are truly passionate about it, genuinely care about people, and they are so very good at what they do!