Emlyn A. Ott is the Director of Doctor of Ministry Programs and Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology and Leadership, a native of Rochester, New York where her curiosity about life was nurtured in her parents’ truck manufacturing company. A graduate of The College of Wooster, The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and Phillips Theological Seminary, she was ordained in the former Lutheran Church in America (now ELCA) in 1986 and has served as a parish pastor, pastoral counselor, campus pastor, non-profit CEO and seminary professor since that time. She is an avid reader, especially of new fiction and first person short stories. She is moving steadily toward a goal of hiking in every national park in the US. She has musical theatre and Schubert lieder on her I-pod and a pile of books are her night table. Her home continues to be in Columbus, Ohio and she will be commuting to Chicago on a regular basis with her new responsibilities at Bexley Seabury. Emlyn is the spouse of Dr. Robert Ward, Director of Choral Activities at The Ohio State University.