Minister of Children, Youth & Youth Adultssamr@universitylutheranseattle.org
Sam began working at ULC in the spring of 2015. Prior to that, he was the coordinator of a bereavement program for grieving families in Bellevue. Sam grew up in Seattle and continues to have a deep love for this city and its communities. He is excited to be working with the families and young people of ULC, and together discerning what it means to be people of faith in this complex world. Sam has a Masters of Divinity degree from the Pacific School of Religion, and is currently pursuing his doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Seattle Pacific University. He lives in South East Seattle with his wife, Annie Gayman, and their Swiss mountain dog, Tucker.
Ron began his ministry at ULC in August, 1996 where he has emphasized the hospitality and inclusivity of our faith community, the mission of our facility use, and our faithful witness of love, justice, and peace in the broader community. Along with his pastoral ministry at ULC, Ron is involved with the University District Ecumenical Parish, Elizabeth Gregory Home, and Faith Action Network. He lives in Greenwood with his wife, Cynthia. They have two sons, Leif (and Emily) and Gabe.
Mari joined the staff of ULC in 2003. She is an active member of Plymouth Congregational Church where she sings in the choir and is involved in parent groups. She loves her work at ULC and see it as her "second faith family." "I really feel called to this work and believe it is my vocation, not just a job." She lives in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle with her husband, Dean, and son, Alex.
Minister of Musicmusicminister@universitylutheranseattle.org
Brian began working at ULC in 2006. Previously he was Music Director for Luther Memorial and Maple Leaf Lutheran Churches, among others. He graduated from Cornish College with a degree in Voice and has a Master's Degree in Choral Conducting from UW. Brian has extensive credits as a musical theatre performer and music director, at Village Theatre of Issaquah, Bruien Hi-Liners, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Carco Theatre, Renton Civic Theatre, and others. He lives in Seattle with his wife, Katherine Klekas, English and Drama teacher at Liberty High, and two budding performers, Anastasia and Elias.
William moved to Seattle and joined the staff at University Lutheran Church in the summer of 2013. At the same time he also began his doctoral studies in organ performance at the University of Washington under the guidance of Dr. Carole Terry. He earned is master degrees in music in both organ performance and composition from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University in May of 2013. He also earned a bachelor of music degree from Indiana University in composition and oboe performance in 2011. In addition to serving in the music ministry at ULC, he also is a recitalist for the post compline organ recital series at St. Mark’s Cathedral and sings in the Seattle Men’s Chorus.
Gia has cared for children in ULC’s nursery since 1983. She’s been working with children, infants to teens, for over 30 years. Gia is a part-time nanny for two local families, and a therapeutic child-care provider for a nonprofit which helps at-risk pre-schoolers. Gia's first priority at ULC is providing a safe place for babies and kids. The nursery is also a fun place to play, where each child is welcome and valued.
Jorge is originally from Mexico City, Mexico. He studied Marine Science for two years at UNAM (National Autonomy University of Mexico). In 1985 he moved to Vancouver, Canada and lived there for two years. He came to Seattle in 1987. Since 1986 he has worked for different churches in Vancouver and Seattle. He has been at ULC since April of 1999 and became a US citizen in 2002. "It is a pleasure to be here, where the community has been very kind and friendly to me and my family."