Rev. Dr. David Charles Emery
Pastor Dave Emery was born in Renton, Washington and grew up in Normandy Park, a Southern suburb of Seattle. His Dad, Chuck Emery, was an airplane mechanic with Boeing. In the early 1970’s Chuck saw the writing on the wall (Boeing downsizing) and took an overseas assignment with Boeing in Tokyo, Japan. Dave would graduate from the Christian Academy in Japan (CAJ) High School. There he enjoyed playing baseball, wrestling, singing in the choir, playing trombone in the band and exploring Tokyo with his younger brother Mark. The two brothers would ride their bikes around the Northern island of Hokkaido for a month.
Dave would return stateside in 1973 to work on the summer staff at the Cannon Beach Christian Conference Center on the Oregon coast. There he would meet the love of his life, seventeen-year-old Joyce Emily Martin. They would marry in 1976 while attending Seattle Pacific University together. Dave would major in Philosophy while working several jobs to pay for his college education. Both having received a call from the Lord for pastoral ministry, Dave and Joyce would come under care of the session at John Knox Presbyterian Church, Dave’s home church. They would both graduate from San Francisco Theological Seminary in 1981 with two little children, Leah and Adam as a big part of their lives.
The first call in ministry, after being ordained together on November 1, 1981 by Seattle Presbytery, would be as co-assistant pastors at Napa First Presbyterian church in Napa, California. Dave would enjoy leading the Senior High Youth group, staffing the large Board of Deacons, and engaging in community outreach ministries. Two more sons, Ben and John, were born in Napa. The next call would take the Emery’s’ to rural Colorado. Dave would pastor the Kirkwood Presbyterian Church in Penrose, Colorado. A move to New Jersey to follow Joyce as she began Presbytery service, opened the door for Dave to be the interim pastor of four interesting parishes.
He would eventually serve nine years as the Senior Pastor at Lakehurst Presbyterian Church, near the Naval Air Station famous for the demise of the Hindenburg. In New Jersey Dave would attend Drew Theological School (United Methodist) to receive a Doctor of Ministry Degree. His thesis: “The Spiritual Acuity of Older Adults.” All four children would graduate from high school in New Jersey and head off to colleges and eventually West. Dave and Joyce would follow their children West to take new positions.
Dave served as the Chaplain for Bridge Disability Ministries in Bellevue, Washington. He helped congregations across the Seattle area partner with Bridge to bless the disability community and their families with the love of Christ. The Emery family enjoyed being reunited. It was great to be back with extended family. Ministry calls to Vancouver, Washington would find Dave as an interim pastor at the Woodland Presbyterian Church, and then he pastored a United Methodist congregation in Fern Prairie, Washington. Dave and Joyce journeyed back to the East Coast to take new interim positions.
Dave has most recently served as the Transitional Pastor at the historic Ashburn Presbyterian Church, a village church now ministering to the high-tech community in Northern Virginia. Dave and Joyce, have enjoyed the chance to be in the East, exploring historical roots on both sides of their families, and touring the sites, while finding great joy in serving the Lord. Dave and Joyce now have eight grandchildren in Renton, Washington and Aloha, Oregon. Dave’s Dad Chuck is still living in Kirkland, Washington at 95 years old. Dave and Joyce are excited about being in Aberdeen and glad to be back close to family.