Commissioned Pastor to Children and Families
Children’s ministry has been a part of my life since my earliest memories. My parents worked for Child Evangelism Fellowship when I was young and served as foster parents in a boys’ home on Capitol Hill in Seattle. Their passion for sharing the good news of Jesus with children filled my early years with Good News Clubs, Sunday School songs and Bible stories. I loved the energy and joy of following Jesus and wanted him to be my Shepherd too.
Bible stories came alive for me in Sunday School. I especially loved the obscure Old Testament stories – like Jael, Naman’s little servant girl, and Balaam and his talking donkey. God’s presence felt real to me as I listened to his story. God’s love felt true because I felt loved in my church family. Even so, I battled profound anxiety as a child and often struggled to understand how God was present in my fears.
Through my public school education, I tried to maintain a strong Christian testimony. However, by the time I graduated from high school, I battled depression, anxiety, an eating disorder and found myself in a crisis of faith. The community at Seattle Pacific University gave me space to doubt, challenge my beliefs and ask tough questions. Studying story more closely through a BA in English Literature and in my Old Testament class mined the soil of grace that allowed me to affirm my roots in the love of Jesus Christ.
While at SPU, I met my husband Brett, who was a Husky! We got married in 1991 and gave birth to our daughters, Katie in 1996 and Elena in 1999. Brett works as a mechanical engineer at Canyon Industries and thrives in his work. I am blessed by his gentle, steady character and his loving care for me and our girls. Some of our favorite dates include swimming across Lake Padden, mountain biking on Galbraith, and walking downtown to listen to live music.
In 1995 I began theological studies at Regent College in Vancouver. In 2009 I finally earned a Graduate Diploma in Christian Studies. I took a single class at a time, integrating applied theology into my daily life as I mothered our two daughters, Katie and Elena.
When my youngest daughter entered the first grade, I took a position teaching preschool at Birchwood Christian School and had the privilege of teaching there for 9 years. Sharing the wonder of creation and the delight in God’s story with preschoolers drew me closer to his grace and the boundless love of Christ.
As the Commissioned Pastor to Children and Families at FPC it is my desire to nurture intergenerational community that sustains families and delights in children and that draws the church to know the riches of Christ’s love.
And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have the power together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.