James Cowan, Senior Warden
I have been a member of St. Paul’s since July 2013. I serve as a lector and a liturgical minister at the 9 am service. I sing in the choir at the 11:15 service. I am a member of the Thursday night Evening Prayer team, as well as a member of the Chalice Prayer team. I was team leader of this year’s AIDS Walk and met my goal of doubling both participation and donations. Occasionally, I am a Eucharistic Visitor and a preacher.
I am deeply honored to serve on the Vestry. At my previous church, I served on staff for six years, which included a three-year transition period. I served under 3 priests-in-charge and 1 rector. I believe my previous experience will be of great value to the St. Paul’s community during this period of transition. Contact James at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lynn Adams, Junior Warden
My second home has been St. Paul’s since 1982. Thirty two years and counting – where has the time gone? I’m a regular at 9:00, singing in the choir. I also am a lay Eucharistic minister. I volunteer in Godly Play.
My mom and dad raised me on a Montana ranch. They were rationalist humanists and proud of it. For social reasons, my parents sent me to the Lutheran Sunday School that the neighboring ranchers’ wives offered. Then their good friends introduced us to an Episcopal church. Mom and Dad had an idea that compared to Lutherans, the Episcopalians “had more fun.” Time has borne this out.
Despite my baptism, for many years I believed that Christianity was naïve and intellectually suspect. I slipped into St. Paul’s soon after Fr. Peter Moore came, wondering whether I wanted to be associated with religious people. But the world was so obviously imbued with the divine! I needed to be in a faithful community. Here I found my home, singing in the choir.
I last served on the vestry in the ‘90s, and was senior warden the last year of my term under Fr. Morrie Hauge. I’ve helped with many activities over the years, and people I met here have been my closest friends. My daughter Amelia grew up in the Sunday School. Now I am honored and thrilled to help with Godly Play and watch our children grow up. (Thank you BJ for serving more than a generation of St. Paul’s children!)
Most precious of all have been my experiences singing under Randy McCarty, Steven Long, and Gary James, three amazing musicians to whom I owe a great debt.
I married my husband David at a 9:00 Sunday Mass last September. That was fun! We’re well into our 60s. Thanks be to God for opportunities to try again, in whatever area of our lives need it! Contact Lynn at email@example.com.
My wife, Kristi, and I have been members of the St. Pauls parish for more than 20 years. During this time we have regularly attended the early Sunday morning service, first at 8:00 and now at 7:30. Although attendance at this early service is small, I feel it is important that this service is represented on the church Vestry. For several years I managed St. Pauls’ ministry at the Sacred Heart Shelter, organizing volunteers to prepare meals for the residents of this nearby shelter for women and children. My professional background is in business and education. I hold an MBA with experience in business and finance, and for the past 12 years I have taught Social Studies at a local high school. I would like to think that this range of work experience has given me valuable skills in dealing with both financial and human issues. I am also attuned to animal needs, as our dog, Lulu, routinely attends the early Sunday morning service with us.
I was born and raised in an Evangelical missionary family. A sense of home was always an elusive thing. I decided in 2008 to move to Seattle where deeply buried and halfway forgotten roots were. I arrived at St. Paul’s in 2011 by both chance and vague inklings about the Episcopal tradition. I remember immediately feeling at rest and an instinctive connection. St. Paul’s is the liturgy, the Eucharist, and the community within and around us. As part of the Vestry I want to support the growth and cultivation of all three.
My husband, Kevin Friedrich, and I were confirmed and then married at St. Paul’s in December 2014. I have served at the 5PM Liturgy, taught in Godly Play, and been part of the planning committee.
In my everyday life I love to cook, create mixed media art, run, and explore the outdoors. By day I am a social worker at a non-profit that helps low income adults transition to new levels of care and housing. I also have a background resettling refugee immigrants in the US and throughout Africa.
I am very honored and happy to be part of the Vestry. The thought of entering into this role has been surprisingly settling for me. My home is here and I will now be more truly living in it with each of one of you.
I grew up with a mixture of Greek Orthodox and a splash of Methodist. When my husband Chris and I married, we began attending The Cathedral Church of St. Luke in Orlando, Florida. Our son, Cooper was baptized there. Throughout the beginning of our marriage we moved many times and sought out the Episcopal Church in our community. When we moved to Seattle in 2006, we visited many of the Episcopal parishes in Seattle, but never felt connection until we found St. Paul’s. I haven’t been on any formal committees at St. Paul’s but I am always willing to help. In my personal life, most of my time is spent supporting my family and volunteering at Cooper’s school and Cub Scouts. I serve as a board member for the school’s Parent Organization. I chair the annual fundraising event and I manage parent education events during the year. Valerie may be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’ve never known life apart from the Church. I was baptized as an infant at the First Reformed Church of Oak Harbor, Washington, made a conscious decision to conduct my life as a disciple of Jesus at the age of 13, and discerned a call to pursue some kind of full-time Christian service at 16. After graduating high school, I enrolled at Seattle Pacific University to major in Educational Ministry, since at the time I believed I was to become a youth pastor. Though I never lost the sense of a call to ministry over my years studying theology at SPU (1986-1990), the surprising discovery of a love for academics left me unsure as to whether I should be a pastor or a professor.
In 1989 met the love of my life, Teresa Osborn, and we were married in 1992. I worked as a landscape gardener from 1990-1993 and discovered a love for the feel of soil in my hands. We moved to North Carolina, where I pursued a Masters of Divinity degree from Duke University Divinity School (1993- 1996). I had hoped seminary would solve the “pastor or professor” question, but all it did was increase my love for both the church and the academy. Unsure of which to choose post-graduation, we moved back to Seattle. From 1997-1999 I “tried on” both careers, acting as the Director of Youth and Family Ministries at Sand Point United Methodist Church, and teaching one class per quarter as an adjunct professor for my alma mater, SPU’s School of Theology. The experience made it plain to me that God put me on this earth to be a teacher. Teresa and I moved to Aberdeen, Scotland, in 2001, and I pursued a Ph.D. in New Testament Studies. Our son Caedmon was born in April of 2004 and in June of that year, we returned to Seattle, and that fall I began teaching full-time at SPU. Adelaide joined our crew in August 2006.
So how did I end up at St. Paul’s? After sojourning through several denominations in my late teens and twenties (Reformed, Foursquare, Presbyterian, Methodist), I was left in a kind of despair. I felt awash in a sea of Protestant multiplicity, where the ethos of each congregation seemed to be determined entirely by charismatic personality, political ideology, or pop culture consumerism. Then one day Teresa and I found ourselves in an Episcopal service of worship. In that one service I heard more scripture read than I ever had in all my previous years of worship attendance. The sermon was good, I recall, but the service didn’t depend on the rhetorical power of the priest, for most of it was given over to communal participation in scripture, prayer, song, and sacrament. Knowing well by that time how many shades the doctrines of our faith can assume, I finally felt secured by a tradition that emphasized reconciliation with God and neighbor through common worship over precise doctrinal agreements that went beyond the ecumenical affirmations of our ancient faith.
Our family has found St. Paul’s to be a deep well of nourishment over the past several years. Thanks for being a place of welcome for us. Teresa’s leadership in the Formation of Children and Families has drawn us even closer in, and now I’m ready to serve in whatever capacity the community sees fit. You can reach Dave at email@example.com.
I first came to St. Paul’s on Christmas Eve, 1982, while living on Queen Anne Hill. I was drawn to the welcoming community and the wonderful music, but, although raised in the Episcopal Church, I was not ready to rejoin a parish. I attended off and on over the years and finally decided to become a member about five years ago. I currently attend the 11:15 Mass on Sundays and serve as a lector and a flower arranger.
Born in Chicago, I grew up in Illinois and California and first came to the Pacific Northwest in 1967 to attend Reed College, in Portland, Oregon, where I earned a BA in French. Since college, I have traveled extensively, both for work and for pleasure, and have lived in England and in Israel, as well as in Seattle. In June, 2015, I retired after 40 years in the telecommunications industry; most recently, I was an operations manager at T-Mobile USA.
I live in the Central District with my cats, Edmund and Miranda, and, as well as travel, enjoy reading, writing, music–I am a longtime opera and theatre subscriber–gardening and wine. I look forward to becoming more involved in the St. Paul’s community and am honored to have the chance to serve as a member of the Vestry. Mallory may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
After Debra Sequeira and I married in May 1997, we began looking for a new church home – one other than the Methodist and Presbyterian congregations to which we had previously belonged. We visited many of the Episcopal parishes in and around Seattle, but never felt fully at home. The last church we visited was St. Paul’s – ironically, the one closest to our condominium – on the First Sunday of Advent 1997. By the end of that first Sunday mass, we knew St. Paul’s was the one: convinced by the graceful and gracious, but non-fussy and non-prickly, worship; strong, relevant preaching; great music; and the warm welcome of those seated around us.
Since then, St. Paul’s has become home in every sense of the word. In addition to being a regular worshipper, I have served at the altar in all four (now) of the Sunday services; been a member of the liturgy guild; scheduled and trained other lay servers; preached; taught and helped organize adult formation activities and the Godly Play program for children; provided leadership for the Building Renovation effort with its associated Capital Campaign and the development of the 5 p.m. Sunday liturgy. And, to keep it down to earth, I once helped Mother Melissa shovel out the sidewalks around St. Paul’s before the (then) 8:00 a.m. service on a particularly snowy December Sunday, unclogged a toilet in the women’s bathroom 45 minutes before a Christmas Eve Midnight Mass, and helped “escort” water out of the Fellowship Hall after a flood! This all just feels like day-in and day-out care for my people and my household, like filing the income taxes or cutting the grass at home.
When not at St. Paul’s, I teach at Seattle University’s graduate School of Theology and Ministry and direct the worship life of the school. Part of what makes St. Paul’s so important to me is the seamless interweaving nowadays of my professional and church lives. I have declined invitations to stand for election to the vestry over the years. I wonder if I was unconsciously waiting for this time of transition to say yes, finally. Mark may be reached at email@example.com.
I am a “cradle Episcopalian,” who found my way back to the Church a couple of years ago. I feel as though I have rediscovered my spiritual home at St Paul’s, and this is largely due to the real presence of Jesus, and my fellow parishioners. I never lost faith in God, but it took me some time to find organized religion again. I am glad God led me back to the Episcopal Church.
I started attending St. Paul’s a couple of years ago, and I mainly attend the 9 a.m. service. I have been serving as a greeter, and an occasional host of Coffee Hour.
I am a native of Montana, and grew up attending St John’s Episcopal Church in Emigrant – a true country parish. As a teenager and young adult (admittedly, more than a few years ago!) I worked on the staff of Camp Marshall, the summer camp of the Episcopal Diocese of Montana.
I “work” as a floatplane pilot on Lake Union (“work” in quotes because I am blessed to be doing what I love to do.) I get to look at St Paul’s every flight I make. I currently serve on the board of the National Gay Pilots Association Education Fund.