Emmaus Ministries of Silicon Valley (EMSV) was launched in April of 1999 with the blessing and support of Saratoga Federated Church. Its founder and director is the Reverend Dr. Russel M. Ikeda who previously had served for 21 years as Associate Pastor at Saratoga Federated. The vision of this ministry is to be a pastoral presence for Christ in the Bay Area, sharing the reality and hope of the person of Jesus to anyone interested (both believer and seeker).
EMSV is a relational marketplace ministry that has as its mission to come along side interested individuals offering spiritual direction and pastoral counsel and guidance to that they may grow in their understanding and experience of the Christ-filled life. The ministry has multiple venues by which it seeks to accomplish its mission. These are individual meetings, small groups, renewal retreats, pre-marital counseling, seminars, workshops and classes. Russ is also the chaplain for the Los Gatos/Monte Sereno, CA Police Department, is part of the leadership team of SoulCARE (WellSpring Ministries, Menlo Park) serving pastors and non-profit ministry leaders, and has recently launched a bi-monthly soul care experience for the staff of Hope Central Health in Seattle, WA (doctors, social workers and nurses providing services to under-served and under-resourced people).