Emmaus Staff

Dr. Vern Steiner

Dr. Vern Steiner (President)

Prior to entering the Catholic Church in 2015, Vern enjoyed a long career as an evangelical protestant pastor, seminary professor, and founder and president of a Bible institute. His teaching specializations include biblical introduction and interpretation, languages and exegesis, and exposition and theology. He focused on Bible, History, and Philosophy in his undergraduate studies; he holds masters degrees in Pastoral Ministry and Biblical Literature; and he earned his Ph.D. in Exegetical Theology. Vern has authored a number of published and unpublished materials at both general and technical levels. When he is not in his study, he enjoys watching sports, woodworking, and especially spending time with his wife Carol, their two married children, and their ten grandchildren.

Seth Odgaard

Seth Odgaard (Director of Operations)

Seth is a Lincoln native and alumnus of St. Joseph Elementary and Pius X High School. He earned his BS in Psychology before taking several years to travel. He returned to Lincoln in 2004 and eventually went to work for the Lincoln Diocese where he served in a number of program management and administrative capacities, earning his MA in Management from Doane University along the way. He and his wife Mary have been married for ten years, and they keep busy with three beautiful children. When he’s not chasing the kids around the house, Seth enjoys reading and just about anything outdoors other than yard work. He has also created a line of realistic crucifixes which can be found at RealisticCrucifix.com.

Chad Steiner

Chad Steiner (Associate Teacher)

Chad completed his undergraduate studies in Philosophy at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln while studying the biblical languages and biblical introduction and interpretation on the side. Following graduation, he taught with his father at a small Bible institute in Lincoln for a number of years before moving to England with his wife Kacy to begin graduate work in biblical studies. Upon their return to Lincoln in 2005, Chad resumed teaching and writing full time with the institute where he remained until its closure in 2013. His interests lie especially in cultivating Christian unity, and in sharing the task of interpreting Sacred Scripture with Christians across denominational lines. He and his family were received into the Church at the Easter Vigil at St. Peter in 2011. Since then he has enjoyed singing in the choir and helping as an occasional catechist for the RCIA program at the parish. He and Kacy have eight children, two dogs, two guinea pigs, a rabbit, a beta fish, a hermit crab, and many Legos.

Joshua Burks

Joshua Burks (Associate Teacher)

Joshua grew up in Lincoln. After finishing his undergraduate studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, he went on to serve as a FOCUS missionary for four years at South Dakota State University, two of which he served as the Team Director. Since his time with FOCUS, Joshua completed his MA in Theology from the Augustine Institute in Denver, Colorado, in August 2019. He is passionate to see Scripture cherished in the hearts of Christians everywhere as a means of encountering Christ and walking with Him intimately. Joshua married his high school sweetheart Elizabeth in the summer of 2015, and they have since welcomed three beautiful and rambunctious boys.