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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jesse grew up mostly in the San Francisco Bay Area, but did a brief stint in West Seattle in junior high. He received his BA from Chico State University, his MDiv from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and his DMin from Fuller Theological Seminary. And if that wasn’t enough, he found time to do a year of graduate work at Princeton Theological Seminary.
Jesse’s pastoral ministry is centered in a desire to blend the life of the mind, heart and soul with the love of God. He is energized by talking to people who are asking who Jesus is, and fulfilled by building and experiencing community. In his own words, “it spins his prop” when he is able to encourage intentional leadership. Jesse is married to Eyde Mabanglo, also a Presbyterian pastor. They have two great kids, Eddie (22) and Jessica (20). When not engaged in the deep satisfying work of ministry, you can find Jesse fly fishing in some unnamed stream chasing wily trout, or working wood for his next project, or at a local Starbucks absorbed in conversation, or just hanging out with Team Mabanglo. Email: email@example.com
Ron Rice – Parish Associate
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
George has lived in the Seattle area since 1988 with his wife, Diane, and raised four children here. He has two degrees in trumpet performance from Wheaton College Conservatory of Music and Yale School of Music. He performs in several orchestras and brass groups, and has been the featured soloist with 15 orchestras and bands in the region.
Having sung in a number of different church and school choirs, he has been called on to serve as interim choir director at his past churches. He played in the orchestra for West Side choir programs for years before being asked to help as interim director of music ministries.
When not performing or serving at West Side, George teaches trumpet. He teaches trumpet to students of all ages at his home studio in Lynnwood. Also, he teaches the Suzuki method for trumpet, the first in the country to begin teaching this new method to students as young as three years old. He teaches at Suzuki Institute of Seattle.
George attends Holy Trinity Edmonds with Diane. It’s an Anglican church that worships on Saturday evenings. 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 two young sons, Mason and Oliver, and dog, Leila. 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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