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.
Ministries Coordinator/Contemporary Worship Leader
Growing up in Southern Idaho, I became a CdA boy when I was adopted at the age of 11. Life was good, when I wasn’t playing soccer, I was shut up in my room with the door closed playing my guitar. Little did I know that some XXX years later—both of those things would still be alive and well, as call and a ministry in my life as I lead worship with my guitar and coach Timberlake High School’s varsity girl’s soccer team.
And between then and now—is Tamara my wife of 25 years, my wonderful children, Sierra, Jessica, Nate and now—sons in laws and grandchildren! Along with that came and went my own construction business—but what rose to the top was a call to ministry that had me lay down my hammer and pick up my guitar. First it was volunteer ministry and now it is full time.
I continue to live into that call to ministry here at Community UMC, finding myself involved in ministries and with people that continually both challenge me and set free to learn, grow and respond to God in my life.
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
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!