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Tom Phillips

Executive Director

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 is currently working on his Masters of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary.
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.









Ellen StarkEllen Stark

Administrator/Leadership Team

Ellen is a fourth year staff member and part of the Emmaus Leadership team. She was a student at the ESBS in 2011-2012 and is a fantastic bi-lingual Bible teacher. She oversees a large majority of the ministry’s administration and scheduling and also teaches Bible classes abroad in Central America. She has spent the better part of her life traveling back and forth between Colorado and Mexico as she and her family served in missions. She is a graduate of YWAM’s DTS program in Brisbane Australia, as well as an avid sewer and writer. Follow her blog here.








Caleb Ives

School Leader/Leadership Team

Caleb is a fourth 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 where he oversees the classroom component of the ESBS as well as the pastoral guidance of the students. He holds a BA in Youth Ministry and Christian Education from Lee University as well as a Masters of Theology from Regent University (Virginia Beach). Before coming to Emmaus he was a youth pastor for seven years and also is a very gifted worship leader. In addition Caleb also travels regularly with Heart Cry International doing pastoral training in various countries throughout the world. Caleb is married to Latoya and they have four beautiful daughters: Lily, Grace, Maya, and Faith.




Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetTrey Rogers

Marketing coordinator/Leadership Team

Trey is a second year staff member and part of the Emmaus Leadership team. He was an ESBS student in 2013-2014 and holds the role of marketing coordinator where he oversees the advertising and promotions for the ministry. Before coming to Emmaus, Trey spent six years working with YWAM Colorado Springs in their mobilization and DTS departments training young people through short-term missions. He is a graduate of YWAM’s DTS and SOSM training schools in Colorado Springs. He is married to Lizzie and they have two beautiful girls: Georgia & Daisy. 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:




The Wise Family

Kris & Sarah Wise

Teaching Staff

Kris and Sarah are first year staff members. They met in college and have been together ever since. They both graduated from the University of Central Florida. Sarah graduated with a History BA, Public Administration BA, and certificate in Non-Profit Management. Kris, ever the techie, graduated with a Digital Media BA and a lifelong passion for technology and innovation. They served for over ten years with the Central Florida Wesley Foundation, where they functioned as small group leaders, mission trip coordinators, mentors, and associate directors on staff. Following their time in campus ministry (and getting married), Sarah continued her theological education, earning an MDiv from Asbury Theological Seminary while working on staff at various Christian non-profits and speaking at churches and retreats. Kris has worked in marketing and digital media for 11 years in various settings such as: higher education, retail, clinical and faith based non-profits. 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:


* All of our staff’s primary role is Bible teaching and discipleship. In addition they also oversee various departments within the ministry.