Hailing from just outside Houston, TX, Matthew Rock is beginning his third year of the Master of Divinity program at The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology. The third year of his MDiv degree focuses on practical learning and gaining more clarity regarding one's calling as a pastor, and this is part of what he hopes to receive during his internship with Emmaus Road. He is 26 years old, graduated from Texas A&M University in 2009, and moved up to Seattle two years ago to attend The Seattle School. Derek Webb, mewithoutYou, and Guy Clark are among his favorite music artists, and Cormac McCarthy and David Foster Wallace his favorite authors. He loves the sun, hot summers, good Tex-Mex and brisket, and is obviously confused about why he lives in Seattle.

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The Emmaus Road Story

In the winter of 1997, we began as a small team of about 10 people, committed to gathering and growing a church that would connect with others like ourselves; people interested in connecting with God, in the person and work of Jesus Christ, but disconnected from the activity of many mainstream congregations. With the financial support of a larger church organization, our pastor was able to work full time with the team in planning, leadership development, and meeting people in the community.

Our first meetings were open discussion forums. We talked about prayer, scripture, spiritual discipline and the issues with which we all struggle. As friends talked to friends, the first group expanded and we multiplied into two.

Inspired by the journey process as a metaphor for spiritual growth, we searched for a name which would reflect that idea. In the resurrection narrative of Luke 24, we found our name "on the road to Emmaus."

After our first worship event on Good Friday of 1997, both groups began to gather together for worship once a month. In various coffee shops and rental spaces, we gradually increased our worship times to twice a month, and in September of 1998 we decided to gather every Sunday. Since the beginning, numerical growth has been gradual but steady, most often through the personal contact of friends talking to friends.

Today, several small groups continue to meet for open discussions on prayer, scripture, and the process of encountering God in daily life; we all gather for worship each week.