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.




Over the Summer through September of 2017 we revamped our School of Biblical Studies to make it possible for even more people to become involved. We also developed the Biblical Narrative Series, a monthly series that takes you through the entire narrative of scripture in 10 lectures. In addition we grouped our seminars into the Biblical Literacy Program to invite all believers to know the Bible. We are excited about what 2018 has in store.





Caleb Ives

Caleb is a fifth year staff member and part of the Emmaus Leadership team. He was an ESBS student in 2011-2012 and holds the role of student director. He holds a BA in Youth Ministry and Christian Education from Lee University as well as a Masters of Theology from Regent University. Caleb also travels regularly with Heart Cry International .  Caleb is married to Latoya and they have four beautiful daughters: Lily, Grace, Maya, and Faith.

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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. 


Kris & Sarah Wise

Kris and Sarah are third 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

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Jacob and Samantha McRae

Jacob and Samantha are first year staff members, having graduated from the Emmaus School of Biblical Studies in 2017. Jacob has undergone YWAM’s DTS course and has also spent time as a youth pastor for his home church in Virginia, his current passions are woodworking and training bible students. Samantha hails from Alaska, where she and Jacob met. Along with her passion for Inductive Bible Study, Samantha is an avid reader and lover of animals. Read more about their lives on their website: jacobsamantha.wordpress.com

Stephen Ray

Stephen Ray is a first 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



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: 989-506-2072
Email: admin@emmausbibleministries.org
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  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.