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2020 PLC

The Rev. Dr. Emlyn Ott will be the keynote speaker at the 2020 Professional Leaders Conference, September 21-23, 2020.

Dr. Ott is an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and has served as a parish pastor, campus minister, pastoral counselor, leader, and seminary professor for over 25 years. She was named CEO and Director of Healthy Congregations, Inc. in 2005.

She holds a Master of Divinity from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, a Doctor of Ministry from Phillips Theological Seminary, and is a Clinical Fellow in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors.

She has participated for nine years in postgraduate work at the Center for Family Process and the Bowen Center for the Study of the Family and is currently part of Research Group at the Bowen Center.

Emlyn A. Ott is a native of Rochester, New York where her curiosity about life was nurtured in her parents’ truck manufacturing company.

She is an avid reader, especially of new fiction and first-person short stories. She is moving steadily toward a goal of hiking in every national park in the US. She has musical theatre and Schubert lieder on her I-pod and a pile of books are her night table.

Her family home is in Columbus, Ohio where the national offices of Healthy Congregations are located. She commutes to Chicago where she is serving as Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology and Leadership and Director of Doctor of Ministry Programs at Bexley Seabury Seminary, which focuses on intensive and online pastoral formation.

Emlyn is the spouse of Dr. Robert Ward, Director of Choral Studies at The Ohio State University.