The Rev. Emily Hylden serves as Canon for Young Adult Ministries at Trinity Cathedral in Columbia, South Carolina; before which she served as curate at the Church of St. Michael and 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). In South Carolina, Emily is now building a Young Adult program at the Cathedral, as well as helping to establish the Canterbury program at the University of South Carolina in coordination with the diocese of Upper South Carolina.
Raised in the Midwest by a Roman Catholic father and stepmother and an Evangelical Protestant mother and stepfather, 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 to the priesthood on December 5, 2012, in St. Louis, Missouri.
Emily calls the Carolinas home; she loves to hike in the mountains and enjoy the seashore with her husband, Jordan, also an Episcopal priest, and their German Shepherd, Benedict.