The Emmerlings

Co-founders Mark Reighard and Bret Byus never imagined that Righteous Rides would one day include missionary staff when they bought their first van in 2007. Like it says in Ephesians 3:20, God’s plans were bigger and better than anything they could have asked for or imagined. Presently, Righteous Rides is blessed to have four full-time missionary staff working in our office and garage

Get to Know the Emmerlings

The Emmerling's Story

Bill and Sharri met at seminary in 1989 after earning their degrees in Physics and Accounting respectively. They married in 1990 with a desire to serve the Lord together and pioneer a Christian family. They have three adult children and three grandchildren.

After experiencing mental illness associated with childbirth and years of recovery, Bill and Sharri have written Wings of Victory to encourage others who suffer from mental illness and those that love them.

Bill and Sharri also enjoy providing hospitality to friends and “strangers.”


Bill and Sharri each came to know the Lord as their Savior during childhood.

Each attended campus ministries at different universities, which encouraged them to attend Lincoln Christian Seminary where they met.

Bill has been a high school science/math teacher and pastor. Sharri acquired significant accounting experience before finding at Righteous Rides.

Over the following years they have been involved in lay-ministry, bi-vocational ministry as well as full-time ministry. This experience included a church plant as well as serving a church in New Mexico attempting to reach the Native American community with the Good News of Jesus.

Both were excited to find a place where God would use Sharri’s skill set to advance the Gospel. Having developed a heart for world missions, Sharri loves having the opportunity to interact and pray with and pray for missionaries. And Bill is grateful to participate in serving missionaries through Righteous Rides

Ron Rearick with Donated Vehicle
The Emmerling's Work

Bill Emmerling—Van Program Director / Chaplain.
Bill serves as the Van Program Director and Chaplain and oversees the activities required to ensure the missionary experience with Righteous Rides is as a positive and encouraging part of their call to serve the Lord in the mission field as well supporting the staff and volunteers.

Sharri Emmerling—Accounting Manager
Sharri serves as the Accounting Manager and is responsible for overseeing daily operations. 

Favorite Bible Verse: Bill

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths.” — Proverbs 3:5-6

Favorite Bible Verse: Sharri

“Delight yourself in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.” — Psalm 37:4


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Emmerling Media


Basement Banter 01: Righteous Rides (4:58)

Bill and Sharri discuss the ministry of Righteous Rides

Basement Banter 02: Righteous Rides — Origins (2:34)

Sharri interviews Mark Reighard about the beginnings of Righteous Rides.

Basement Banter 04: Sharri — Righteous Rides Accounting Manager (7:51)

Bill and Mark discuss Sharri’s role as Accounting Manager at Righteous Rides and she has been blessed and been a blessing.

Basement Banter 05: Bill — Righteous Rides Van Program Director / Chaplain (4:31)

Sharri and Mark discuss the growing ministry of Righteous Rides and the invitation extended to Bill to join the ministry as Van Program Director and Chaplain.

The Thread Episode
YouTube video
The Thread (a St. Louis local show highlighting Righteous Rides, 14min – 18min, Sharri makes a cameo appearance as well)
Bott Radio Interview
(Audio Only)
Bott Radio Network Interview (1st 12min with Founder Mark Reighard, 2nd half with a missionary who has benefited from the ministry)


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