Emmaus Ministries exists to disciple and equip the Body of Christ with the Word of God and the gospel of Jesus Christ through:

Inductive Bible Study,

Authentic Relationships,

and Community Life.




We seek to share with our students not only God’s Word, but also our lives, endeavoring to communicate and exemplify biblical truth and it’s relevance to all aspects and domains of life. We strive to better enable Christians to flourish in the many spheres of life, making no distinction between sacred and secular callings. It is our goal that students leave our classes with a thriving relationship with God rooted firmly in the gospel of grace and equipped with a big picture understanding of the Bible; herein lies the source of healthy relationships and a life led by the Holy Spirit that impacts the world for Christ.




During the summer of 2019:

We can’t wait to show you what we are working on for 2019-2020.




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Caleb Ives

Caleb is in his 7th year as a staff member with Emmaus and became the Executive Director in April of 2018.  He is a 2012 graduate of our School of Biblical Studies, holds a BA in Youth Ministry and Christian Education from Lee University and has a Masters of Theology from Regent University. Caleb travels regularly with Heart Cry International providing Biblical education and training in Discipleship.  Caleb is married to Latoya and they have four beautiful daughters: Lily, Grace, Maya, and Faith.

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Kris & Sarah Wise

Kris and Sarah are 4th year staff members. Sarah earned a Masters of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary in 2015. Kris graduated with a Digital Media BA and has worked in marketing and digital media for 11 years. In 2015 they welcomed their son Lincoln into their family of avid outdoor enthusiasts, self-proclaimed nerds and experimental cooks of delicious recipes. Keep up with their family adventures and ministry at TheWiseLife.org


Stephen Ray

Stephen Ray is a second year staff member. He was an Emmaus School of Biblical Studies student in 2016-2017. Stephen is a recent college graduate with a BA in Communication from Oakland University. He spent 6 consecutive summers on staff at Camp Lurecrest, and was an R.A. for three years at Oakland University. Stephen has a heart for one-on-one discipleship, and a gift for teaching. Read more about his life on his website: stephenrayblog.wordpress.com


Jacob and Samantha McRae

Jacob and Samantha graduated from the Emmaus School of Biblical Studies in 2017, and immediately felt God calling them to join Emmaus’ mission to promote Bible literacy among the church and their community. Jacob has undergone YWAM’s Discipleship Training School and later spent time as the youth pastor for his home church in Virginia. Samantha was born and raised in Homer, Alaska, where she and Jacob would later meet and get married. She grew up in the church, where God instilled in her a passion to get to know His Word in a deeper way. She also has a passion for discipleship and motherhood. Jacob and Samantha were married in 2013 and have one son, Benaiah. Read more about their lives on their website: JacobAndSamantha.org


Morgan Phaneuf

Morgan was a student in the 2018 School of Biblical Studies. As her school drew near an end she encountered an unexpected desire and opportunity to join the staff of Emmaus. She is deeply passionate that every Christ follower be able to know and have confidence to interact with the Bible. Morgan is a North Carolinian turned Floridian. She's married to Justin and they have two really cool kids, Drake and Tannis. You can read more about their adventures (and sometimes misadventures) in ministry at their website: phaneufphamily.wordpress.com


Kristi Marsh

Kristi is from Western Tennessee. She graduated from Lee University and then received her Masters at Dallas Theological Seminary. Kristi has been teaching Bible and coaching High School students for the last 13 years. She is passionate about systematic theology, wrestling with challenging topics, and teaching people to understand God’s Word and be transformed by it. She loves studying, teaching, and one on one discipleship. She also enjoys watching and playing sports, Scuba diving, and traveling.

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Lizzie Rogers

Lizzie Rogers is a first year staff with Emmaus but has a long history with the program. She graduated from her School of Biblical Studies in Kona, Hawaii in 2009. After completing her program she went on to train in Taipei, Taiwan in the field of teacher training and development. She loves the Inductive Bible Study methodology and training teachers. She and her husband, Trey, have 3 wonderful children and enjoy Florida's amazing scenery and community. 



Guest Lecturers

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Ellen Ceely

Ellen was a five year staff member and part of the Emmaus Leadership team in 2016. She was a student at the ESBS in 2011-2012 and is a fantastic bi-lingual Bible teacher, as well as an avid sewer and writer.  She is a graduate of YWAM’s DTS program in Brisbane Australia and currently enrolled in the Latino Ministry Formation Program at Asbury Theological Seminary. She and her husband, Brian, live in Orlando.  Follow her blog here.



Tom Phillips

Tom is one of the founding members of Emmaus Ministries and helped plant their first school in 2006. He earned a B.S. in Geology from Western Carolina University and is a graduate of YWAM’s DTS and SBS programs in Lakeside, Montana. He holds the role of Executive Director and oversees the vision and direction for the ministry. He is married to Julia and they have two beautiful kids: Anna and Luke.


Trey Rogers

Trey is a third year staff member and part of the Emmaus Leadership team.  He was an ESBS student in 2013-2014 and a graduate of YWAM’s DTS and SOSM training schools in Colorado Springs. Their family has a huge heart for international missions and they travel yearly to various countries in the 10/40 window doing Bible teaching and discipleship training. Find out more about their ministry at TheRogersTable.com


Orlando Campus


Emmaus Ministries is located at the Canterbury Conference Center, in Oviedo, Florida. Students will enjoy a beautiful wooded campus on lake Gem, secluded from the hustle and bustle of the big city, yet right in the heart of Orlando, one of the largest tourist destinations in the southeast!

Contact Us

Emmaus Ministries
1601 Alafaya Trail
Oviedo, FL 32765

Office: ‪(407) 374-3385‬
Email: admin@emmausbibleministries.org


Founding Staff  - Left to Right -  Jerry Martin (EXEC Dir, Camp Lurecrest Min) Bryan Norton, Holly Norton, Tom Phillips, Elieen Hartzler (School leader) Byronb Hartzler

Founding Staff - Left to Right - Jerry Martin (EXEC Dir, Camp Lurecrest Min) Bryan Norton, Holly Norton, Tom Phillips, Elieen Hartzler (School leader) Byronb Hartzler


Emmaus Ministries began in 2006 as a partnership between YWAM Montana and Camp Lurecrest Ministries.  The first school was run at Camp Lurecrest Ministries, using Lurecrest's non-profit and administrative structure, and YWAM’s basic curriculum.  This photo was taken a few days before our first class arrived, August 2006. In August 2016 we moved to our current campus at the Canterbury Conference Center, in Orlando, Florida.