So I never planned on being a pastor, but looking back it seems as if I was set on the track pretty early on without my knowing. I was born a Navy brat in a San Diego military hospital but grew up in church. It was a good place to be and as a kid with supportive parents I was always welcomed to participate widely and I did. It was a great training ground for the diversity and creativity needed for the way I do ministry.
By hook and by crook (there is really no better way to describe it) I ended up in seminary (after a degree from WSU) at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley California. I love telling people the Berkeley part because it conjures up assumptions some of which are more true than others.
My first church was a United Church of Christ/United Methodist Church combination in Ferndale Washington that was as good as it gets for a first church. The people, their spirits, their faith and generosity have all been imprinted on my heart. It was there I met my husband Tony and we had our two boys-Aedan and Kyle.
Community is my second church and it’s a good one! I’m excited for our future, I love our staff and believe that God’s Spirit is working overtime to lead us, guide us and challenge us into a future that is becoming even as I type.
Director of Children and Youth Ministries
I was born and raised in Coeur d’Alene and grew up in the United Methodist Church. In high school I was Confirmed and Baptized in the church and I am incredibly excited to be back and working with such an amazing team. I got my Bachelors Degree in Family Consumer Science- Family Life from the University of Idaho in May of 2015, and after that I worked a variety of positions in two different schools until getting the position here at CUMC. I enjoy fishing (anything outdoors really!), reading, playing with my cats, traveling, cooking/ baking, painting and hanging out with my family, boyfriend, and friends. A huge thank you to the Church for hiring me and trusting me with this position! I am really looking forward to the future and how I can better serve CUMC and the community.
Choir and Handbell Director
Contemporary Worship Leader
I was born in Seattle and lived there until I was 9 years old, and then moved to Wenatchee where I graduated from high school. I was baptized in the Woodland Park United Methodist Church in Seattle.
My husband Bob and I were married in 1985, and it wasn’t until 20 years later that we would decide to start attending church. I was working at the local food bank where I met some of the nicest volunteers from CUMC, and that made for a “comfortable” transition into church life. Not only that, I got a job here in 2012!
Being able to work with and help folks in the congregation and in the community is such a joy for me! I also enjoy reading, gardening and spending time at the lake.
Bud is a man of few words, but a servant’s heart and we are fortunate to have him on on staff team!