“I want to emphasize the importance of what the Emmaus Institute is doing. We really do feel this fraternal alliance, because the vision that [Emmaus has] is one that we share.”

-Dr. Scott Hahn, St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology

What Others Are Saying About Emmaus

"A True Blessing"

-Melanie C. (Emmaus Student)

"My experience with Emmaus has been a true blessing. I encourage anyone who seeks to deepen their understanding of the scriptures and/or grow more devout in their faith, to take a class at the Institute. I’m so grateful to have access to this valuable resource."

"For a Time Such as This"

-Dr. Scott Hahn

"The Emmaus Institute, I am convinced, has come to the kingdom for a time such as this. Please consider not just supporting this Emmaus Institute, but learning from it and telling others about it."

"Encourage You to Do the Same"

-Nate O. (Emmaus Student)

"I can't think of a better source from which to study and learn the Bible! By taking these classes I am holding myself accountable to know the Word of God better and thus know Jesus better and grow in my relationship with Him. I encourage you to do the same."

"The Time is Right"

-Bishop James Conley, S.T.L.

"I believe the time is right for the stated vision of Emmaus to become reality"


Meet the Emmaus Faculty


Dr. Vern Steiner

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 Vern has authored a number of published and unpublished materials at both general and technical levels.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

Associate Teacher

Chad Steiner

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, and many Legos.

Associate Teacher

Joshua Burks

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 boys: Elijah, Simon, and Anthony.