37711 Detroit Road | Avon, Ohio

What is your role at the church and what does that mean you actually do?  I serve as the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries, which means I get to work with everyone from middle school through young adulthood to help them grow in their faith and know Jesus more. It also means I spend a lot of time connecting with students at LCCC. 

Tell me about your family…  I’m originally from Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, where both of my parents still live. I have a younger sister, Hannah, and a younger brother, Jake. And I can’t forget our dog, Waffle, too!

What are your hobbies/recreational interests?  I love spending time outdoors. Nothing beats reading a good book while lying in my hammock on a beautiful day! I’m also a big sports fan. My favorite team (by far) is the Green Bay Packers. I also enjoy some pretty nerdy things, like crossword puzzles, podcasts, and documentaries. 

What was your first job?  In high school I worked at a little bagel shop called Bob’s Bagels.

What is your proudest moment?  I’m incredibly grateful every time someone tells me they remember something I said in a sermon and that God used it to speak to them. 

What was your childhood ambition?  I think I had lots of different ambitions throughout my childhood, and none of them stuck around for very long. I remember wanting to be a police officer like my dad at one point. There were also brief periods of wanting to be a super hero or Brett Favre. ​

What inspires you?  I’m inspired by people who are able to find great beauty and meaning in ordinary circumstances. 

What has God been teaching you lately?  God has been showing me how his goodness is so much deeper and richer than anything I could dream up myself. ​

What is your guilty pleasure?  Four years of living in Kentucky has ruined me forever. I can’t turn down fried pickles or sweet tea! I’ve also been known to binge watch The West Wing on more than one occasion. ​

What is your favorite part of your job?  Hands down, my favorite thing in ministry is when I see someone finally understand that God truly loves them. It changes everything.​

What do you love about Avon UMC?  This community has been so welcoming to me! I love that they have shown such hospitality and care about reaching the next generation with the Gospel.

Emily Bingham, Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries