Rev. Emily Heath is the pastor of the Congregational Church in Exeter, New Hampshire. A native of Virginia, Emily grew up in Winter Park, Florida. After majoring in English and Religion at Emory University, Emily went on to earn a Master of Divinity and a Master of Theology from Columbia Theological Seminary. After seminary Emily was ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and later received standing in the United Church of Christ. Before coming to Exeter, Emily served as a hospital trauma chaplain, and later as the pastor of a UCC congregation in southern Vermont, as well as a volunteer firefighter on the local fire department.
Outside of the parish Emily is completing a Doctor of Ministry at Andover Newton Theological School and serving on the national Board of Directors of the United Church of Christ. A regular contributor to the UCC’s Still Speaking Daily Devotionals, as well as the blogs of the Christian Century and Huffington Post’s Religion section, Emily’s first book, Glorify: Reclaiming the Heart of Progressive Christianity, was published by Pilgrim Press in 2016.
Emily’s hobbies include fly fishing, golf, watching the Atlanta Braves and Boston Red Sox, and managing a fantasy football team that manages to regularly implode spectacularly during the first round of the playoffs. But, most of all, Emily enjoys spending time with her wife, Heidi Carrington Heath, an ordained UCC minister. They make their home in downtown Exeter.