2020 PLC

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

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

A graduate of The College of Wooster, The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, and Phillips Theological Seminary, she was ordained in 1986 and has served as a parish pastor, pastoral counselor, campus pastor, non-profit CEO, and seminary professor since that time. 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 is on 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.