Crossroads of Faith United Methodist Church


Emily Tilsy, Youth Director

Emily grew up in Franklin Grove, IL. Her parents farm there and she has two older sisters and brothers-in-law, two nieces and a nephew that she loves to spend time with. They own two Australian shepherds and the girls do chickens and pigs for showing and projects.

Emily graduated from Judson University in 2007 with a Bachelor degree in Worship Arts with a Media focus. During college, she spent a semester overseas in Austria and visited five other countries. She loves to travel.

Emily enjoys fishing on Lake in the Woods in Ontario, Canada, as well as photography and playing guitar. She collects National Geographic magazines and hourglasses. She loves sunflowers, red tailed hawks, and rain. Her favorite outdoor activity is bike riding. Cream soda and Banana Laffy Taffy are her weaknesses.

She took part in Blackhawk Baptist camp as a camper for 15 years and as a counselor at 4 camps during that time. She counsels at JOY Camp and leads worship and has since 2012. She attended Chrysalis Flight 19 in the Winter of 2002 and has been a Lay Director for Chrysalis. She now participates in the Women's Walk to Emmaus in Northern Illinois.

Emily has had the privilege of being on two mission trips in high school. One was to Crossville, TN, and the other was to Norfolk, WV. As a youth leader, she has been on over 10 mission trips traveling to Michigan, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Indiana, and Illinois.  She is looking forward to the many new adventures to come.

Emily is excited to be at Crossroads and to continue this journey planting seeds. 

You can reach her via email

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