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.
Pastor TOBI FLECK
What do you get when you combine a dash of Chicago, Illinois, a helping of Central North Carolina, a mess of Appalachia, and top it off with a sprinkle of Columbia, South Carolina? Me!
Queer, nonbinary, bivocational pastor shattering false binaries in both the religious and secular world. Lover of the both/and life. Passionate about caring for those on the margins of society. Constantly looking around the table for who’s not present and working to provide access.
Can be found outside the church world working in retail and hiking in any green space. Loves spending time listening to music, reading a good book, and coloring. Prefers going barefoot if at all possible and finding connection to the Divine in the most random places.
Tobi Fleck was ordained as a Pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) in April of 2021 and serves as Associate Pastor of The Dwelling.
VICAR MADI WHITE
Madi serves as the Student Pastor / Intern at The Dwelling. She is a lifelong Moravian who has worked in various settings advocating for social justice and is passionate about making the world a better place for our neighbors.
She is a candidate for ordination in the Moravian Church, currently studying at Wake Forest School of Divinity as well as Moravian Theological Seminary. One of her passions includes looking at the intersection of religion and sexuality and finding ways to help the church talk about these topics without shame or embarrassment.
When not working or studying, you can find Madi in the mountains hiking some trails with her dog, reading a book from her unnecessary long TBR list, or trying to decide between watching Twilight or Harry Potter for the millionth time.