History of Emmaus


Emmaus was founded in 2003 when Michael and Jeanne Dean felt the call of God to move their family from Keyser, West Virginia to Winchester, Virginia to plant a church. Mike had been the pastor at Fountain United Brethren Church there and though he assumed he’d retire there, God had other plans. They asked their daughter Briana and her husband Caleb Nei, a worship leader, to join them in starting a church in the area.  They prayerfully agreed and Emmaus Church was begun.

With a vision to see Jesus made real to the people of Clarke County, they met for a few years in the small meeting room at the Recreation Center at Chet Hobert Park. The church quickly outgrew the room and moved their location to Berryville Primary School.  A few years later, they began to meet in the auditorium at Johnson-Williams Middle School, where services are still being held.