The Rev. Emily Hylden serves as curate at the Church of St. Michael & St. George in St. Louis, Missouri. She’s been a baker since childhood, and hospitality has been her greatest hobby and obsession (aside from Jesus, of course). She threw cheese parties in college and catered during her divinity-school career. Emily attended a Christian junior high and high school, and religious education continues to play an important part in her vocation as she serves as chaplain for the St. Michael School; she also preaches and teaches regularly, as well as working with young families at the parish.
Raised in the Midwest by an evangelical Protestant mother and Roman Catholic father, Emily was called to the Anglican tradition after college, as she began to discern her vocation in ordained ministry. A 2008 graduate of Duke University, she studied religion with an emphasis on women in early Christianity. At the gentle prodding of her mentor, she realized she was meant to join women in ministry instead of writing about them. Through ministering at Christ Episcopal Church in Cooperstown, New York, during her summers in divinity school, she fell in love with parish life and subsequently was ordained as a transitional deacon June 2, 2012.
After a decade in the South, Emily is glad to be back in the Midwest, and enjoys running with her husband, Jordan, and their dog, Benedict.