Joshua Hedger

Emmaus Church,
Lead Church Planter
Emmaus Church
November 23

About My Family

I have been married to Tish since 2005. Tish is a professional counselor with We also have two children. Our daughter will be attending Southwest Baptist University beginning fall 2018. We adopted her when she was 14 through the foster care system. She has been such a blessing to our lives. Our son was born in January 2015 (the day after we launched Emmaus). He has had several physical difficulties including clubfoot and apraxia, but is a strong and happy boy.

About My Church Plant

Emmaus exists to see God glorified and churches multiplied by declaring and displaying the gospel. With this goal in mind, we launched Emmaus in January 2015 after a year of praying and planning. Our desire was to plant a church in Kansas City, Mo., that would reach our city with the gospel, be committed to multiplying churches and be intentional about training men as pastors through a pastoral residency. Since 2015 we have seen Emmaus grow from a small handful of people to more than 200 weekly in worship gatherings with more than 150 adults in small groups every week. We have sent out five pastoral residents to plant, replant and pastor, thus far, and have another 15 training with us as of February 2018.
Emmaus has two church planting partnerships, one in Seattle Washington and one in Genova, Italy. We are seeing gospel conversations take place as we work with refugees weekly through ESL, tutoring, teaching life skills and childcare.

NAMB Church Planting

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For our pastoral residency as we train men who will plant, replant and pastor churches that multiply churches. For our ministry to refugees as we actively engage many internationals with the gospel weekly. For our church planting efforts in Seattle and in Italy. For us to see the people of North Kansas City and the greater northland area come to know Jesus.


Connect as a Sending Church or a Supporting Church with one of our graduating pastoral residents as they engage in planting or replanting. Pray for Emmaus, our residents and the people of North Kansas City.
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