From a young age, Emily Elizabeth Young enjoyed teaching, preaching and being available to help individuals through personal crises. Entering the ministry due to her talent in piano, she served as a pianist for her local church and subsequently began conducting piano and voice lessons. In 1982, she became a missionary and teacher for the Puget Sound Christian Indian Mission in Tacoma, WA. While serving in these positions, she was a missionary and pastor for the Seattle Native American Christian Church from 1989 until her retirement in 2018.
Ordained to the ministry in 1994, Dr. Young has engaged in several civic and social justice endeavors, such as volunteering to feed the impoverished on the streets of Seattle and advocating on the behalf of victims’ families in the wake of criminals being released from prison before their appointed time. She has authored myriad books regarding church life and science fiction, as well as children’s books, and she penned a novel on the history of Doby Springs, OK. Impressively, she was featured in the book “Answering God’s Call,” which was published in 2017.
During her tenure as a pastor and missionary, Dr. Young thoroughly enjoyed promoting individuals, guiding them to be the best version of themselves, and putting them into the limelight. Living by the belief that every person can overcome their adversities, she has accrued numerous accolades in recognition of her contributions to the industry. The recipient of the Faith Lutheran Evangelical Theological Seminary Award, her name is inscribed on the Wall of Tolerance in Montgomery, AL, where she took a pledge to continuously take a stand against hate, injustice, and intolerance. She was also highlighted in the 24th edition of Who’s Who of American Women, published in 2004.
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