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.

Henry Watts

Executive Director
Joined EMI: January 2004
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Professional Training & Experience

  • BS, Civil Engineering cum laude, Cornell University - Ithaca, NY, 1997
  • PE, Civil Engineering, Maryland

After graduating from Cornell University, Henry worked for Waldemar S. Nelson and Company, Inc. in New Orleans, LA, performing structural design on various industrial projects.  After a little less than a year, he left that role to become an EMI intern in Colorado Springs.  After his internship, Henry worked for Centex Construction Company (now Balfour Beatty) in Washington, DC for six years as a project engineer and assistant project manager on large commercial construction projects.  He joined EMI in 2004.

Ministry Experience

Henry and Erika were very involved in Cru during college, including summer projects and participating in leading the campus ministry.  There they both fell in love with small group bible studies, which they have continue to lead in their church.  They joined EMI in 2004 as staff engineer and landscape architect and have served in Colorado Springs, Amman, and Western Kenya.


Henry and Erika were married in 2000 and have enjoyed life together in Alexandria, VA, Colorado Springs, Jordan, and Kenya.  Their three kids keep them busy now with school and sports.  In the summers they love camping in the Colorado mountains and enjoying life on a lake in a remote part of northern Maine.  While Erika spends most time raising three future world changers, she also comes into the office to user her landscape architecture skills on EMI master planning projects.