Pastors and Staff
Shari Jackson Monson – Interim Senior Pastor
Shari grew up in Renton, WA where she was active in church and Youth Life. She received her BA in Political Science and European Studies from Seattle Pacific University. After a season in Washington DC, she earned a Master’s degree in International Affairs at Drew University. Shortly after completing post graduate study in New Delhi, India, Shari met her husband Craig in Alaska. Gig Harbor is home base for the Monson family. Here she served as Minister for Missions, Operations, and Strategy at Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church for many years. During this time she earned her MDiv at Fuller Theological Seminary.
Shari feels a deep calling to serve congregations in the midst of change as an intentional interim pastor. She has served as Interim Head of Staff/Sr. Pastor in Chehalis, WA at Westminster Presbyterian Church, in Spokane, WA at Hamblen Park Presbyterian Church, and as a Sabbatical Pastor in Tacoma. Her well-worn passport illustrates a passion for bringing hope to people experiencing change, crisis, conflict, or living in poverty. Recently she led a Thai Folk Drama Troupe to minister in the Holy Land bring a Gospel message of hope for healing and reconciliation to diverse audiences in Israel and the West Bank. She serves on the Board of Directors at Medical Teams International, and is President of the Board of the Thai Christian Foundation.
Shari is looking forward to guiding West Side in this season of change and discovery. She is eager to explore with us what God is calling this church into in the years ahead. She is fond of saying, “each day I am here I aim to lead in such a way that the new pastor will succeed.” Let’s do this together. Email: email@example.com
Ron grew up at West Side and was ordained here in 1962. He is a 1954 graduate of West Seattle H.S., and has degrees from Whitworth University (B.A.), Princeton Theological Seminary (M.Div.) and San Francisco Theological Seminary (D.Min.). He has served as youth pastor at First Presbyterian of Bellevue, chaplain at Whitworth, senior pastor at First Presbyterian of Centralia, WA, and has been on the West Side staff since 1989.
He and his wife Sharon were married in 1960 and have 3 children, the Rev. Bev Swayze, co-pastor of Covenant Presbyterian in Manassas, VA, son Tim Rice in Kirkland and Lisette Alicandro in Seattle. They have 6 grandchildren.
Ron has a major ministry in Nigeria and spends a month there each year, 24 trips so far. He and his partner, Ayuba Gufwan, crippled with polio, have their own shop in Jos, Nigeria with 49 employees, where they build self-pedaled “tricycles” for some of the tens of thousands of children and adults, crippled by polio, who spend their lives crawling on the ground. They have built and donated over 14,000 wheelchairs, far more than anyone else is doing for polio survivors in all of Nigeria. You can watch a short video at www.wheelchairsfornigeria.org. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Stacy has been a member of West Side for over 20 years and stepped into the position of Director of Ministries to Children and their Families in July 2011. Stacy’s strong administrative gifts, creativity, and passion for children give her a strong grounding for this position. Every aspect of West Side’s children’s ministry is to help children know who God is, how much he loves them, and how to nurture and develop that fledgling relationship with him for a lifetime of service and growth. Stacy and her husband are recent empty nesters, have strong family connections, like to watch their son’s baseball games, water ski, and are ardent Seahawks fans. Email: email@example.com
Anthony Spain – Music Minister
Anthony Spain has conducted choirs in America and Europe including the choir of L’UNESCO (the cultural branch of the United Nations) in Paris, France. He has over fifteen years of church music director experience and has a passion for sacred choral music and how it serves in worship. A noted conductor of large scale choral works, Dr. Spain has conducted pieces such as Brahms Requiem, and Mahler’s Second Symphony in Benaroya Hall and other concert halls throughout the Northwest.
In additional to his choral work, Anthony Spain has also been Music Director of the Northwest Symphony Orchestra (NWSO) since 1987. He and the NWSO, have garnered eight National ASCAP awards for “Programming of Contemporary Music, and recorded several CD’s that have met with critical acclaim both internationally, as well as nationally. In 2017 he, and the Northwest Symphony Orchestra, were awarded The American Prize in Orchestral Programming. Dr. Spain has been a guest conductor with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, conducted orchestras across the country, and has guest conducted in Hong Kong and Central America. Both a versatile performer and conductor, he has a Grammy nomination in vocal jazz performance.
Dedicated to education Dr. Spain is an active clinician and adjudicator, and he works regularly with students/schools throughout the Seattle and Highline area. In February 2018 he received a regional “Friend of Music” award from the WMEA at their annual state conference. As a longtime resident of West Seattle, he is grateful for the many friends and musical associates at West Side. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Karol was born and raised in West Seattle. She graduated from Northwestern College, Orange City, Iowa with a double major in Christian Education and Business Administration. Karol has been on West Side’s staff since 1978, much of the time as the Minister to Youth and Church Administrator. In 2004 Karol responsibilities changed to full time as Church Administrator with responsibilities for managing clerical, custodial and nursery staff; managing the growing number of computers, printers and copiers; as well as problem solving and facilitating throughout the day, fielding a variety of questions by phone or in person. In her free time she enjoys yard work, caring for 90 rose bushes, Mariner’s games and spending time with her four nieces. Email: email@example.com
Madeline was born and raised in West Seattle, attended Gonzaga and then Seattle University with a Bachelor’s degree (BA) in Education in 1986. Before joining the staff at West Side she was a homemaker and more recently worked for Seattle Public Schools as a preschool assessor in kindergarten readiness. In her leisure time, she loves to spend time with her husband Scott and two teenagers, Andrew and Caroline. She also loves cooking, baking, hiking and cycling.
Madeline really enjoys being so connected to our wonderful congregation. So many people have been so kind and welcoming to her in her new role. Her question is really: “how could I not love this job! Look who I get to work with!” Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Noël and her husband Jamie started attending West Side in 1993 when they moved to West Seattle. Previously she has worked as an administrative assistant with YouthCompass and Young Life. Noël enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters. Email: email@example.com
Jenna has been attending West Side since high school and has been on staff since 1992. She loves to golf, water ski and spend time outside! Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Janet joined the West Side staff in 1994. She has been a member since 1986 and grew up in the Seattle area. She likes to knit, sew and workout. Email: email@example.com
Scott is responsible for all of West Side’s facilities, including maintenance of the church building, grounds, and vehicles. Working behind the scenes, he sets up rooms for weekly and special events and ensures everything is clean and in working order, including minor electrical, plumbing, and carpentry needs. Scott oversees West Side’s custodians, who assist him with the upkeep and maintenance of our facilities. He has served in this capacity at West Side full-time since 2010. Scott grew up at West Side, is a third generation West Seattle High graduate, has worked with the youth program, served as a Deacon and Deacon Moderator, and has played on both of West Side’s church softball teams. Scott is married to Elizabeth (Platt) and they have three young sons. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Clint, a West Seattle resident, became our organist in February, 2013. In addition to using his skills at our church, he teaches piano privately and accompanies the Magnolia Chorale. He also performs with the Northwest Symphony Orchestra. His earned his General Studies degree at the University of Michigan, where he studied piano with the famous Mischa Kottler. Clint and his wife, Carla, have three children. Email: email@example.com
Liz Bolling – Nursery Supervisor
Levi has filled the position of Week Night and Weekend Custodian since October 2009. With a helpful spirit, Levi cleans the entire facility before and after use so that West Siders have a safe and comfortable place to worship, connect, and minister. Willing to do whatever is asked of him, Levi’s priority is a job well done. In his spare time, Levi enjoys storytelling and pondering.
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