Pastor Patrick Way, a native of Burlington, NJ, is the lead pastor at eMerge Church. Pastor Patrick came to Christ in his early twenties after being redeemed from a life of drugs and alcohol to do the work and will of the Lord and has now been serving in ministry for over 20 years. He overcame seemingly insurmountable obstacles to obtain both his Associate’s and Bachelor’s degrees. Pastor Patrick continued his education by attending Elim Bible Institute where he received his degree in Pastoral Counseling and ministry. He is dedicated to the growth and development of the whole individual. Pastor Patrick seeks to share Christ with every person he encounters. His passion for the Word of God is relentless as he studies and encourages those around him to study God’s word so that they may grow in wisdom, knowledge, and understanding as they seek to honor the King of Kings. His favorite book of the Bible is Romans and one of his favorite scriptures is 1 Peter 2:9 “but ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light” (KJV). Pastor Patrick is joyfully married to his best friend Angela and together they have three sons: Patrick, David, and Joshua.
Elder Angela Way, a native of Philadelphia, Pa, gave her life to the Lord in 1983 and began serving in ministry as a young child. Today, she continues to have a passion and desire to worship the Lord and serve His people as she ministers God’s love and healing to those who are broken. A graduate of Liberty University with degrees in Psychology and Executive Leadership, Angela desires to help others as they grow and develop to reach their full potential in Christ. She currently serves in the women’s, worship, and administration ministries at eMerge Church.
In her spare time Angela enjoys spending time with her family, composing new music, playing sports, and going to the beach. Her favorite book of the Bible is Revelation and her favorite scripture is Revelation 7:15 “therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple; and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them” (KJV). Angela is the wife of Pastor Patrick and together they have three sons: Patrick, David, and Joshua.
Born the only child to Elder William and Jean Kenney, Sr., Pastor Will is no stranger to doing the works of the Lord. He has been in various Music Ministries as a dynamic drummer since the age of 5. Pastor Will dedicated his life to the Lord on June 18, 2003 at a Christian Youth Camp in Garden City, South Carolina. Shortly after receiving Christ, he knew that he was called to work with the youth. Pastor Will has a love for people and a compassion for children’s spiritual development in defining their spiritual gifts.
A native of Port Arthur, Texas, Elder Kimberly Kenney dedicated her life to the Lord on June 17, 1998 at a Youth Explosion Camp in Lake Charles, Louisiana. She was brought up in a Christian home where the word was the foundation of her upbringing. Elder Kim is the youngest of seven children and was always told by her parents, Deacon Spencer and Carldetta Joseph, Sr. that the Lord has gifted her with many talents. She has written plays, sang in numerous Choirs and Praise Teams, and has been a faithful Youth Worker. Elder Kim has a strong desire to teach and lead the children of the world in the way of the Lord.
Pastor Will and Elder Kim are the parents of three beautiful children: X’zavier, Ki’oni, and Chloe.
Pastor Thomas Lunsford is the Pastor of Music at eMerge Church and has been a member since its inception in January 2015. Pastor Thomas is a 2006 graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University where he received his Bachelors of Music degree with a focus in Jazz Piano. His musical accomplishments include: (1) teaching music, (2) facilitating music ministry workshops, (3) musical theater, (4) music arranging, composing, and producing for a variety of musical genres, and (5) the production of two original CD projects: “The Marriage, The Music, The Moment” (2007) and “Standing on the Shoulders: Chapter 4” (2012). Brother Thomas is the husband of Elder Tia Lunsford and together they enjoy serving in ministry while continuously growing in the Word of God and improving upon how they can effectively communicate the gospel of Jesus Christ in and through their daily lives.
Elder Tia Lunsford has been a dedicated member of eMerge Church since its inception in January 2015. With an educational and professional background in Business Administration and Human Resources, along with a passion for singing, Tia is a member of the eMerge Praise Team and serves as the Church Treasurer. Elder Tia is the wife of Pastor Thomas Lunsford. Together, Tia and her husband enjoy serving in ministry and are continually growing and improving upon how they can effectively communicate the gospel of Jesus Christ in and through their daily lives.
Melinda is a mother, full-time flight attendant for American Airlines, and a grad student at Liberty University. She has lived in Richmond since 1994 and is originally from New Jersey. Prior to becoming a founding member of eMerge Church in 2015, Melinda was a member of Mount Vernon Baptist Church and had been for almost 15 years. She is passionate about connecting people to God and is in school to become a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Melinda believes that Christ should be in the center of everything one does. She enjoys spending time with her eMerge family. Melinda is an elder at eMerge Church where she is also a part of the finance ministry and the worship ministry. She believes it is important to surround herself with Christ-followers every day.