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Pastor Emily Norris


Colorado Native, proud Midwest Transplant, turned Southern Belle by way of drinking Cheerwine and using “Y’all” in everyday conversation.

Passionate about faith, service, relationship-building, learning, and love. Thrives on kindness, travel, advocacy and justice, hard work, community organizing, creative and effective communication, organizational systems, fun stationary, and Diet Coke.

Adores her dogs and tolerates the cat. Currently balancing life as a mission developer, pastor, and full-time human. Actively trying to be her best self, all while loving her neighbor.

Emily Norris was ordained as a Pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) in May of 2020 and serves as the Lead Pastor and Developer of this new community of faith, The Dwelling.


Since 2013, Emily has worked alongside persons experiencing homelessness through the City with Dwellings Emergency Overflow Shelter at Augsburg Lutheran Church in Winston-Salem and the City with Dwellings Community First Center. She also was one of the founding board members of City with Dwellings and continues to serve as an advisor to the organization.


During the last seven years, Emily has provided pastoral care to her neighbors and has heard their requests for a deeper community of faith. So, here we are. 


Vicar Brittany perry

Brittany is originally from Concord, NC but most recently has spent a few years in a castle in Iowa, where she is completing her Master of Arts in Diaconal Ministry at Wartburg Theological Seminary. She serves as the Diaconal Intern at the Dwelling and is a candidate for Word and Service Ministry in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).  


Brittany is passionate about hiking, social justice, Star Wars, and Cheerwine. She can often be found enjoying God’s creation while reading in her hammock, putting together puzzles, and snuggling her four-year old cat.  She is always ready to go star gazing and can tell stories about the constellations and planets for hours. 


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