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.

John Sauder

Director, Global Programmes
EMI Global
Joined EMI: January 2007
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Professional Training & Experience

  • B.A. Environmental Design and M. Arch., Montana State University, USA 2001
  • NCARB Certified and FL Licensed Architect
  • Professional Practice, 2001-2007 (FL-based)
  • Intern Architect with EMI India, 2000
  • Staff Architect with EMI Uganda, 2003-2004 and 2007-2010 (on remote assignment)
  • Office Director with EMI Uganda, 2010 - 2020
  • Director, EMI Global Programmes, 2020 - Present

Ministry Experience

John’s life has been defined by an irresistible calling to follow Jesus into the lesser known places of the world, using whatever gifts and the cumulative wisdom of experiences he has provided along the way to join him in his work; supporting his people to proclaim his gospel in word and deed.


John and Paula have been married since 2002. Currently residing outside Kampala, Uganda, they love spending time together exploring the natural beauty of East Africa with their two boys, Zane (2005) and Zachary (2008).