Important message about the COVID-19 Coronavirus

In an effort to care for all of our personnel, families, and mission around the world, EMI has been taking a number of steps in response to the progress of COVID-19.

Location-specific Crisis Management Teams remain in place to monitor COVID developments, inform, and care for EMI personnel. Decisions about official EMI travel (including project travel) domestically and internationally are being made on a case-by-case basis by Office Directors in locations concerned. EMI’s worldwide offices remain in varying states of closure with personnel working remotely or from home.

We continue to actively monitor the situation and will respond to new information affecting our worldwide ministry and teams. We view the COVID-19 Coronavirus as an opportunity to live out the gospel and our faith in Jesus through the ministry of EMI.

Ellery Walker

Master Planning Fellow
EMI South Africa
Joined EMI: December 2020
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Professional Training & Experience

  • BS, Architecture, University of Michigan, 2017
  • Master of City and Regional Planning - Land Use & Environmental Planning Concentration, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2021
  • Master of Public Health - Global Health Concentration, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2021 
  • EMI Uganda Architectural Design Intern, Summer 2017 - Helped design the masterplan for a trauma counselling, therapy, and retreat campus in Gulu, Uganda
  • EMI Master Planning Fellow, August 2021 - Present

Ellery desires to be an advocate for the promotion, planning, and development of healthy spaces and communities, and her interests in international development and global health have led her to work with an array of different organizations, including architecture firms, a health start-up, and several NGOs. She has experience in residential and commercial design, site planning, strategic planning, program planning, implementation, and evaluation, and non-profit operations. In 2021, God opened the door for Ellery to return to EMI as a Master Planning Fellow in the South Africa office, and she is thrilled to have the opportunity to use her gifts, training, and experience to be part of designing a world of hope.

Ministry Experience

As a freshman in high school, Ellery's eyes were opened to God's heart for the world while serving on a short-term mission trip with Horizon International in Limpopo, South Africa. It was there, dancing and singing with a hundred little children, that God began stirring her heart toward something greater than the plans she had dreamed up for herself. Ellery returned to Africa on several short-term missions and even spent a summer in college serving with Horizon in South Africa and Zambia.

At the University of Michigan (Go Blue!), Ellery became heavily involved with a campus ministry called Cru (Campus Crusade for Christ). She led community groups on campus, was involved in discipleship, and participated in Cru's Ocean City Summer Mission in 2015 where she spent 12 weeks with 100 other college students from across the country in an intensive ministry program focused on spiritual formation, leadership, and evangelism. 

While searching for a way to bring deeper purpose and meaning to her work in the design field, Ellery stumbled across EMI. Ellery believes design has the power to restore life, dignity, and hope, through the spaces themselves and the work of those using them, and she counts it a great privilege to use her skills to be part of planning, designing, and building a healthier world - to be part of bringing glimpses of heaven down to earth.

Ellery is blessed to be part of several amazing, Bible-centered, mission-minded churches and communities that have been instrumental in equipping her for living life on mission. Above all, Ellery deeply loves Jesus and is passionate about studying God's Word, and learning, growing, and living life the Jesus way alongside her fellow believers. 


Ellery is the daughter of Mark and Lori, two of the most devoted, hardworking, compassionate, and faithful followers of Jesus she knows. They, along with Ellery's older brother, Nick, and his wife, Elsie, can be found in Ellery's hometown of Marshall, MI serving the Lord and loving others through functional medicine (Lori), hardware supply (Mark), youth ministry (Nick), and photography (Elsie). Ellery is so grateful to have family and friends who continually cheer her on and support her in doing whatever the Lord calls her to do, and in going wherever He calls her to go.