New Ministers Corner: Emily Holladay

General Bio - Emily Holladay just celebrated her sixth month anniversary as the associate pastor for children and families at Broadway Baptist Church in Louisville. She holds a BA in Political Science from Samford University in Birmingham, Ala., and a Master’s of Divinty from McAfee School of Theology in Atlanta, Ga. Emily came to Broadway after four years of work at the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship national office in Decatur. Ga. Her favorite pastimes include reading, writing (check her out at, playing music, and cheering on the University of Louisville.

1) Tell us a little about your passion for ministry. 
I grew up in the home of a Baptist pastor (yes - Jim Holladay is my dad), and spent the majority of my time outside of school at church. On Take Your Daughter to Work Day, I was in the church office shadowing my dad, so it isn’t surprising that I would end up following a call into ministry. I am passionate in local church ministry, and believe that churches are the strongest vehicle through which Christ ministers to the world. 

At Broadway, I work most directly with the children and families within our church. Our church motto is “Every Story Matters.” I love helping children lay a foundation to find their place in the great story of our faith, and I know that this can’t be done without participation from the whole church village - starting with the parents. I am passionate about equipping parents, grandparents, and church members with the tools to best nurture children in faithful living. We all grow so much when we remember to see Christ through the eyes of a child, and I’m grateful and humbled by the opportunity to serve Broadway in this capacity.

2) Why do you want to do ministry in KY (or back to KY in your case)?
I am and born and raised Louisville girl. After 10 years of living in Birmingham and Atlanta, I have been so lucky to have the opportunity to come back home. I love getting to minister in the same town where most of my family still lives, and which holds so many fond memories for me. Louisville is one of the best towns and I can’t believe I get to minister here!

Coming back to Louisville has been a dream for me for so many reasons, but particularly because of the wonderful people I get to serve alongside both at Broadway and in the great Louisville/Kentucky area. The ministers within the Kentucky Baptist Fellowship are some of the most welcoming, gracious ministers in all of CBF life. I am so grateful to get to learn and grow alongside of them, sharing the presence of Christ in Louisville and beyond.

I am thrilled to be back in Kentucky, serving God in my hometown, and cheering on the UofL Cardinals from inside the KFC Yum! Center.

3) What is something fun that most folks don't know about you?
I think I’m pretty much an open book, but many of the people at Broadway are surprised when I play viola in church or piano during children’s worship. I’ve been playing some sort of musical instrument basically my entire life. Since I’ve moved back to Louisville, I’ve gotten to play viola in church with friends from high school and Louisville Youth Orchestra. My first viola teacher even played in the chamber ensemble at Broadway when the choir sang the Messiah!