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 Vern has authored a number of published and unpublished materials at both general and technical levels.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.

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 serving as a regular catechist for the RCIA program at the parish. He and Kacy have eight children, a dog, two guinea pigs, two parakeets, a rabbit, a beta fish, a hermit crab, and an ark (just kidding).

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.

Mike Katalenich

Mike Katalenich (Adjunct Teacher)

Mike grew up in Plattsmouth before moving to Lincoln for university where he earned his Bachelors in Classical Languages. He then studied briefly with the Order of Preachers (Dominicans) before returning to Lincoln to teach. He has led seminar classes on the Church Fathers, Scripture, Byzantine theology, and Thomistic philosophy, and he currently teaches Latin, Philosophy, and Acting at Pius X High School where he co-coaches Academic Decathlon and directs the Fall Play and One-Act. In addition to teaching, Mike writes icons, studies linguistics, and is pursuing a Catechist Certificate with the St. Macrina Orthodox Institute before applying for a Masters in Theology through the Antiochian House of Studies.

Thomas Lally

Thomas Lally (Operations Manager)

Thomas has a BS in mechanical engineering. His professional career spans business, medicine, the IT field, and most recently a position at his former parish in Iowa focusing on discipleship and evangelization. Through discernment with his wife Mary, Thomas and his family moved to Lincoln in 2018 specifically to grow with like-minded believers as members of the Lincoln diocese. Thomas and Mary have four energetic children with whom they enjoy swimming, reading, and attending daily Mass. Separately, Thomas is very involved at St. Peter parish, serving as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion to the homebound and as a member of the Stewardship council.