Arise staff

Drew Ensz

ministry director 

Drew is the Ministry Director of Arise.  Drew grew up around the Baltimore area. He graduated from Virginia Tech in 2006 with a major in Sociology and a minor in Religious Studies. He attended Eastern Mennonite Seminary and graduated in 2014. He has worked as a youth director for eight years in northern Virginia. In 2009 he met his lovely wife, Catie on eHarmony (still waiting for that call to do a commercial). They have three children, Josiah, Benjamin and Anna.  Drew is a pastor in the United Methodist tradition, but loves working with all six of Arise’s partner denominations.  Drew enjoys reading, playing with his children, video games, and generally being goofy. He enjoys hanging out with people, forming authentic, Christ-centered relationships. 

Emilee Williams 

director of community and spiritual growth

Emilee Williams is a recent graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, NJ where she has spent the last three years studying spirituality, young adult Christian formation, and creative models of ministry. Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, Emilee studied theological and biblical studies in undergrad at Lee University in Tennessee before moving to New Jersey. She has enjoyed finding “home” in different areas across the US over the past few years, and is so excited for her upcoming journey, and new home, at George Mason.  Emilee is an avid lover of coffee shops, college basketball, and the city life. She’s spunky, energetic, and excited about finding creative ways and spaces to embody Christ. College ministry has long been a passion of Emilee’s, ever since her own formative ministry experiences as a college student at Lee.  Emilee serves as our Director of Community and Spiritual Growth.