Pastors and Staff
Laurie Brenner – Senior Pastor
Pastor Laurie Brenner is a Pacific Northwest native, growing up the third of five siblings in Woodinville, WA. She and her husband, David, love walking their dog in West Seattle, travelling, reading, and especially spending time with their grown kids (Emma and Jeremy) and many nieces and nephews.
While attending the University of Washington, Laurie became involved with University Ministries at University Presbyterian Church and began volunteering with youth ministry at that church. With her English literature degree in hand, Laurie spent six years in youth work, three at UPC and another three in Banchory, Scotland. Her training for pastoral ministry was a combination of studies at Fuller Seminary (M.Div.) and service at Church at the Center in lower Queen Anne, the congregation that called her as an Associate Pastor in 1999. Since then, Laurie has served churches in Seattle, Vashon Island, Scotland and Paris.After completing her Ph.D. in New Testament Studies at Durham University (England), Laurie returned to the classroom, teaching at Seattle Pacific University and Fuller Seminary until the fall of 2018, when she accepted the call to be Senior Pastor at West Side. Email: Laurieb@wspc.org
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: email@example.com
Stacy has been a member of West Side for over 30 years and initially served as our Director of Ministries to Children and their Families. In January if 2018, she assumed her current role as Youth, Young Adult and Outreach Minister. Stacy’s strong administrative gifts, creativity, and passion for youth give her a strong grounding for this position. Stacy and her husband are blessed to have their children and spouses live in Seattle. They enjoy water skiing, working on jigsaw puzzles and are ardent Seahawks fans. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kim Herbert – Children & Families Minister
Kim grew up in eastern Michigan where he spent his time running, fishing, and having bonfires with friends and family. He has a BS from Grand Valley State University, where he studied Religion, Culture, and Psychology. After Undergrad, Kim joined the staff of Mars Hill Bible Church, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he served as a Senior High Youth Pastor. In 2012, Kim moved to Seattle to attend Fuller Theological Seminary and will receive his MDiv in 2019. Kim recently served as Director of Kids and Youth at Sand Point Community UMC, and joined West Side in 2018. Kim and his wife, Gabi, are both avid readers, and enjoy hiking, backpacking, the Seattle Sounders, LOTR, and late nights with good friends and good food. 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 in 2013, she was a teacher, 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 kids, Andrew and Caroline, who are both in college. She also loves cooking, baking, hiking and cycling.
Madeline really enjoys being connected to our wonderful congregation. So many people have been 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
Lin joined West Side in 2010. After retiring from management career in risk and insurance consulting in 1999, she joined the secretarial staff at West Side in 2012. Lin also was one of the initiators of our Community Meal ministry, managing the volunteer scheduling for its first four years. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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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