Henry and Erika Watts have been on staff with Engineering Ministries International (EMI) at their headquarters office in Colorado Springs for the past 11 years. EMI provides architectural and engineering design services to missionaries working in developing countries, who are preaching the Gospel and ministering to the poor. EMI does this by leading short-term mission trips for design professionals (teams of architects, engineers, and surveyors) to design projects all over the world such as hospitals, orphanages, schools, water systems, and churches. Since its inception in 1982, EMI has designed over 1000 projects in over 90 countries. In 2014 alone, EMI donated more than three million dollars (32,000 hours) in design services for projects around the globe.
Henry and Erika are APC members who attended our church from 1999-2004. The Watts are uniquely suited to the ministry of EMI because Erika is a landscape architect and Henry is a structural engineer, with most of his work experience in construction management. Henry currently serves as the US Office Director, overseeing all of the design staff in the US, as well as the financial and administrative aspects of the office. In addition, he also continues to be a trip leader and project manager, leading 2-3 design projects a year. The Watts family spent a year in Jordan in 2008 and a year at Tenwek Hospital in Kenya, returning in July 2015. Henry oversaw the construction of two major buildings while also updating the hospital's master plan and infrastructure design.
Erika now stays home with their three children—Owen (9), Claire (6), and Jordan (4). Previously, her role at EMI was to co-lead trips and provide master planning and landscape architectural design services. She still travels on trips when possible - her last trip was with Henry to Uganda to do the master plan for a ministry doing orphan care and primary school education. She also enjoyed serving alongside Henry while living in Kenya, supporting him by homeschooling the kids and assisting with design when possible.
Updated July 2015
Liaison: Rob & Shauna Pittman