Emily Christine Stader grew up in southwest Wisconsin. In February of 2020, she had the opportunity to travel to the Dominican Republic with some of her family to do a mission trip with 516NOW, which sparked her desire to learn Spanish and serve the Lord in missions. After graduating high school, she spent a year at the Rio Grande Bible Institute in south Texas as part of the InterCultural Studies language acquisition program, where she studied Spanish and learned more about Latin American culture. In August she is moving to the Dominican Republic to work with a local missionary. She plans to teach English classes, help with youth programs, and serve in various ministries with the local church.