Emily Scott


Church Planting, Marketing, Communication Strategy and Implementation, Social Media

Based in

Brooklyn, NY


Emily Scott is the founding pastor of St. Lydia's, a Dinner Church in Brooklyn, where communion is shared at the dinner table. St. Lydia’s has grown from twelve folks in a living room to a thriving congregation of 70 committed to building relationships across difference. A Lutheran pastor of the ELCA, Emily is committed to building communities of faith that dismantle fear and hate, affirm LGBTQ people, and confront racial injustice. She believes that Christian practice holds out rich possibilities that call us to reach out across boundaries in love, learn through discomfort, bringing God's realm close.

In 2016, Emily addressed an audience of 30,000 Lutheran teenagers at the Lutheran Youth Gathering in Detroit. She also spoke at the inaugural “Why Christian” event curated by Nadia Bolz Weber and Rachel Held Evans. She speaks on issues of church vitality and innovation, worship practices that are rooted in local contexts, and justice making that begins with relationship building.

Emily is a graduate of Yale Divinity School and received the Alumni Award for Distinction in Congregational Ministry in 2016. St. Lydia's has been covered by The Atlantic and the Wall Street Journal.