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Emmaus City Church in Worcester, MA – Join with Us in Experiencing God's Grace through Jesus.


Our next Sabbath service of worship is Saturday, December 22 at 4 p.m. at the Fusion Center at 30 Tyler Prentice Road. Contact us if you need more details. And in the meantime, here are some helpful links that can provide more of an introduction to Emmaus City: Why We Gather for Jesus with OthersWhy We Scatter with Jesus for Others; and Why We Enjoy Life with Jesus in the City.

Read more about us on our Leadership Page on our website.

The individuals and families involved with Emmaus City most likely look and feel like yours. We live in apartments and homes. We go to the local universities and colleges and work for the independent- and corporate-owned businesses, schools, hospitals, and organizations that are making Worcester a city on the rise. Our kids go to local elementary schools, we frequent places like Elm Park, Clark University, Assumption CollegeThe Ecotarium, Nu Cafe, Mezcal, Wormtown Brewery, BirchTree Bread Company, and Armsby Abbey, and we love the way autumn leaves and winter snow look across the hills of our city. If this sounds like you, too, here a few questions for you:

  • Have you become curious about spirituality or religion, and somehow that has led you to wonder about Jesus?
  • Do you love Worcester and wonder how the city might change if people gave more than they took, and served more than being reserved? 
  • Are you interested in understanding how Jesus and His message of Good News brings spiritual, social, and cultural renewal to you personally, as well as to families, neighborhoods, and communities that make up Worcester?
  • Are you curious as to how the teachings of Jesus's Gospel might impact every area of city life – neighboring, education, business, nonprofits, government, etc.? 

If you can answer "Maybe" or "Yes" to one or more of the questions above, consider contacting us or visiting us sometime. 

We connect throughout the week with each other and neighbors and friends, as well as on Saturday evenings at the Fusion Center located at 30 Tyler Prentice Road in Worcester where we come together to seek and celebrate Jesus through listening to the Scriptures, enjoying Communion, and singing of what He has done as we are sent back out to where He has called us. 

Jesus said that He "did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.” We seek to love our neighbors, acquaintances and friends as Jesus did in His compassion and boldness, His grace and truth

Starting to Gather a Church with a Denomination, a Network, and a Family


Emmaus City Church did not come about by one person or idea, but by the prayers and hopes of many in Worcester, MA, as well as beyond our city. The call to start this church came from 3 connections: CRC, Acts 29, and Soma. Read more about why Emmaus City Church is part of the CRC, A29, and Soma

Pastor Mike Sullivan was examined and ordained by the CRC (a historic denomination with nearly 500 year roots in the Protestant reformation) and assessed to be a church planter by the Acts 29 church planting network. Soon thereafter, Emmaus City Church was welcomed into the Soma family of churches in a desire to grow in our ability to share and show the message and life of Jesus with neighbors and friends throughout Worcester. We're thankful to be a part of this city and we give honor to those who have come before us, knowing as the authors of Hebrews says (Hebrews 12:1-2a):

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the Champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting Him, He endured the cross for us ... 

We have a great appreciation for Jesus and for the great crowd of those who have followed Him throughout history and whom God has preserved aspects of their lives to still teach us like:

Catholic/Orthodox St. Polycarp (69 – 155 C.E./A.D.)
Catholic/Orthodox Sts. Perpetua and Felicity (late 100s – 203 C.E./A.D.)
Catholic/Orthodox St. Irenaeus (2nd century 202 C.E./A.D.)
 Catholic/Orthodox St. Athanasius  (296  373 C.E./A.D.) 
Catholic/Orthodox St. Chrysostom (347  407 C.E./A.D.) 
Catholic St. Augustine (354  430 C.E./A.D.)
Catholic St. Patrick (387  461 C.E./A.D.)
Catholic St. Benedict (480  547 C.E./A.D.)
Catholic St. Francis (1181  1226 C.E./A.D.)
Catholic St. Joan of Arc (1412 – 1431 C.E./A.D.)
Catholic St. Francis Xavier (1506  1552 C.E./A.D.)
Reformer Martin Bucer (1491  1551 C.E./A.D.)
Catholic Ignatius of Loyola (1491  1556 C.E./A.D.)
Reformer John Calvin (1509  1564 C.E./A.D.)
Baptist Roger Williams (1603  1683 C.E./A.D.)
 Anglican Methodist John Wesley (1703  1791 C.E./A.D.)
Brethren Rebecca Protten (1718  1780 C.E./A.D.)
Anglican John Newton (1725 1807 C.E./A.D.)
Anglican Hannah More (1745  1833 C.E./A.D.)
Baptist George Lisle (1750  1820 C.E./A.D.)
Congregationalist Lemuel Haynes (1753 – 1833 C.E./A.D.)
Baptist Adoniram Judson  (1788 – 1850 C.E./A.D.)
Seventh-Day Adventist Sojourner Truth (1797 – 1883 C.E./A.D.)
Presbyterian John G. Paton (1824 – 1907 C.E./A.D.)
A.M.E. Zion Harriet Tubman (1822 – 1913 C.E./A.D.)
Reformed Andrew Murray (1828 – 1917 C.E./A.D.) 
Brethren Hudson Taylor (1832 – 1905 C.E./A.D.)
Baptist Charles Spurgeon (1834  1892 C.E./A.D.) 
Reformed Abraham Kuyper (1837  1920 C.E./A.D.)
Presbyterian Francis James Grimke (1857  1937 C.E./A.D.) 
Reformed Samuel Marinus Zwemer (1867  1952 C.E./A.D.)
Methodist Episcopal E. Stanley Jones (1884 
 1973 A.D.)
Anglican Sadhu Sundar Singh (1889  1929 A.D.)
Orthodox St. Maria of Paris (1891  1945 C.E./A.D.)
Anglican C.S. Lewis (1898  1963 C.E./A.D.)
Catholic Fr. Hugh O'Flaherty (1898  1963 C.E./A.D.)
Lutheran Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906  1945 C.E./A.D.)
Reformed Lesslie Newbigin (1909  1998 C.E./A.D.)
Catholic Mother Theresa (1910  1997 C.E./A.D.)
Baptist Gardner C. Taylor (1918  2015 C.E./A.D.)
Orthodox Alexander Schmemann (1921  1983 C.E./A.D.)
Baptist Will Campbell (1924  2013 C.E./A.D.) 
Baptist Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929  1968 C.E./A.D.)
Anglican John Stott (1921 2011 C.E./A.D.) 
Catholic Henri Nouwen (1932  1996 C.E./A.D.) 
Vineyard John Wimber (1934  1997 C.E./A.D.) 
Reformed Manny Ortiz (1939  2017 C.E./A.D.)  

Today, we also recognize and continue to learn from living church leaders like Dr. Tim KellerDr. John Perkins, and Bishop N.T. Wright as influences along with others like Dr. Eric MasonDr. Brenda Salter McNeil, Dr. Soong-Chan Rah, Bethany Hanke Hoang, Dr. Michael GoheenNancy GuthrieJeff Vanderstelt, Ann Voskamp, and Scott Sauls

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