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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. 



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.




Michael schulte

Originally from Edwardsville, IL, Michael serves as the Pastoral Intern at The Dwelling.  Michael received a Master of Divinity from Vanderbilt Divinity School in May 2022 and is a candidate for Word and Sacrament Ministry in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Before coming to the Dwelling, Michael served as the Director of Christian Education at First Presbyterian in Lebanon, TN. He also has experience as a high school English teacher in high-needs, Title I schools in Memphis and St. Louis. Michael is passionate about building inclusive communities where all people, without asterisk, can experience God's grace in their everyday lives. 



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