Meet the Matt and Emily Ayers Family

Posted July 11th, 2018

When I went to visit the Ayers family, I found not only Matt and Emily and their children Veda (5) and Dane (3), but a menagerie of animals as well. Twenty chickens were in their coop, 10 ducks in the back yard, 14 baby turkeys under a heat lamp in the living room, baby chix in the garage, several cats, 2 guinea pigs and 2 goats. Why so many animals on their acre farm? Both Matt and Emily grew up on farms and love animals. Emily likes their animals to have a purpose so the cats take care of the mice, chickens provide meat and eggs, and the goats do the mowing! They have enjoyed the little farm and friendly neighbors the past three years.

Matt grew up in Prairie City, Iowa and Emily in Quinter, Kansas. They met at McPherson College. Matt studied philosophy and religion and art and Emily’s major was business and accounting.  After they were married, Matt studied one year at Bethany Theological Seminary with the hopes of being a youth pastor. He did an internship at the Nampa Church of the Brethren in Idaho and was called back to be their youth pastor. Later they returned to McPherson where Emily now works at Prairie Hill Financial and Matt at Pfizer. Both are about 4 years in these jobs. Veda is finishing Kindergarten in Inman and Dane goes to preschool in McPherson.

The couple enjoy building and renovating their rural home and Matt has a dream of setting up an art studio (he has a pottery wheel) or maybe open a diner since he is a great cook. Emily likes her job and wants to keep on fixing up the house and enjoys painting, putting in new fixtures, and decorating.

When asked what drew them to the McPherson Church of the Brethren, both said they appreciate the traditions of the Brethren and Matt appreciates the conversations and discussions that can be had about Biblical beliefs without having to believe just like everyone else. They enjoy singing the old hymns and would enjoy having more opportunities to gather as young families to relax, converse, and drink coffee together.

Be sure to warmly greet this “red headed” family when you next see them at church or around town.

— Carolyn Schrock

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