Who should go to Emmaus?

Emmaus is open to members of any Christian denomination. Emmaus is for the development of Christian leaders who:

Are members of a local church
Have a desire to strengthen their spiritual lives
May have unanswered questions about their faith
Understand that being a Christian involves responsibility
Are willing to dedicate their everyday lives to God in an ongoing manner

The walk to Emmaus is an experience of Christian spiritual renewal and formation that begins with a three-day short course in Christianity. It is an opportunity to meet Jesus Christ in a new way as God’s grace and love is revealed to you through other believers.

The Walk to Emmaus experience begins with the prayerful discernment and invitation from a sponsor. After one accepts this invitation they complete an application. The Emmaus leaders prayerfully consider each applicant and in God’s time, the person is invited to attend a three-day experience of New Testament Christianity as a lifestyle.

Following the three-day experience, participants are joined in small groups to support each other in their ongoing walk with Christ.

Through the formational process of accountable discipleship in small groups and participation in the Emmaus community, each participant’s individual gifts and servant-leadership skills are developed for use in the local church and its mission. Participants are encouraged to find ways to live out their individual call to discipleship in their home, church, and community.

The objective of Emmaus is to inspire, challenge, and equip the local church members for Christian action in their homes, churches, communities and places of work. Emmaus lifts up a way for our grace-filled lives to be lived and shared with others.

What happens on the Emmaus Weekend?

You will enjoy three days of singing, learning, laughing, worshiping, reflecting, praying and participating in small groups. Discussions center around fifteen talks given by laity and clergy. These talks present the theme of God’s grace, how that grace comes alive in the Christian community and how it is expressed in the world. You’ll also discover how grace is real in your life, how you live a life of grace, and how you bring that grace to others.

You will have the opportunity to participate in the daily celebration of Holy Communion and to understand more fully the body of Christ. You will experience God’s grace through the prayers and acts of anonymous service offered by the Emmaus community. You will leave with an experience of Christian love in action that will equip you for new levels of grace-filled service and leadership.

Great Smoky Mountian Emmaus Board

Mike OotenCommunity Lay Director

cld@gsmec.org (865)250-1991

Sandy HaganSecretary/Treasurer

secretary@gsmec.org (865)621-8999

Tiki DixonCommunity Spiritual Director


Debbie PopeChrysalis Lay Director

Randy CreswellAgape ('17)

agape@gsmec.org (865)712-7414

Sylvia CreswellAgape ('17)

agape@gsmec.org (865)599-3281

Sandy HaganReunion Groups ('17)

reunion@gsmec.org (865)621-8999

Bev HoppenworthCandlelight ('17)

candlelight@gsmec.org (865)406-8296

Bill HoppenworthCandlelight ('17)

candlelight@gsmec.org (865)406-6933

Suzanne DavidsonEducation & 4th Day ('18)

education@gsmec.org (941)228-0974

Deb GlennMusic ('18)

music@gsmec.org (865)384-0079

Mary LarrabeeLiterature and Supplies ('18)

literature@gsmec.org (865)984-8743

Suzy OotenRegistration ('18)

registration@gsmec.org (865)805-8822

Bryan RileySponsorship ('18)

sponsorship@gsmec.org (865)227-0996

Drew BurkleyWalk Support ('19)

walk_support@gsmec.org (302)893-0515

Walk Support #2


Lee CarlestonTeam Selection ('19)

team_selection@gsmec.org (865)384-2602

Spencer HudsonPrayer ('19)

prayer@gsmec.org (865)406-9414

Layne JenningsCommunications ('19)

communications@gsmec.org (865)673-4948

Stephanie WassermanGatherings ('19)

gatherings@gsmec.org (865)705-4020