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The mission of Seattle Presbytery is to participate, in word and deed, in God’s transforming work through the Gospel of Jesus Christ: †by strengthening the witness and mission of our congregations and members and by building strong partnerships with each other and the larger Christian community.

2016.04 Meeting


APRIL 19, 2016

3:00 PM Session records review (Instructions document) (Review Form)
4:00 PM Pre-mtg event with PC(USA) Mission co-worker/Colombia, Rev. Sarah Henken: Violence, Peace & Reconciliation in Colombia

Proposed Agenda 

5:00         Welcome, Prayer, & Agenda
5:05         Stated Clerk's Report
5:10         Board of Pensions
5:15         Coordinating Council Report
5:20         Seattle First PC Administrative Commission Report
5:30         Worship
6:15         Dinner
7:00         Mission Highlights
7:15         Bills & Overtures Report
7:45         Committee on Ministry Report
7:50         Committee on Preparation for Ministry Report
7:55         Examination Justin Beatty
8:05         New Business
8:10         Consent Agenda
8:15         Adjourn & Prayer

*SeaPres is going green.  All meeting reports and documents will be available online.  Only a limited number of printed copies will be available at each presbytery meeting. Click here to download a PDF version of meeting papers.



Stated Clerk Report 2016-04
DRAFT January Presbytery Meeting Minutes


The Administrative Commission issued its initial report, which is available on the presbytery website.  It reflects a number of very troubling issues around the health of the congregation and the actions of the teaching and ruling elders on session.  In that report the AC assumed original jurisdiction of session of First Presbyterian Church Seattle.  In response to the AC’s report, the former congregation’s leaders continued to refuse to respond in any way.  They also ignored our requests to access the building or provide any information about the congregation’s finances.  In light of the continued refusal to engage in or acknowledge the presbytery’s process, the AC filed a lawsuit against the putative former trustees of the congregation (who had elected themselves trustees in their capacity as session members).  It was necessary to file suit against the individuals because there is no other legal entity to sue (the AC is the session of FPCS now) and because the former trustees are the people who could claim a right to be entitled to possession of the property rather than the new session (the AC).  The lawsuit complaint seeks declaratory relief from the Court that it will respect the result of our ecclesiastical process.  We have filed for partial summary judgment, which could help quickly resolve the case.  That motion will be heard on May 27.  In response the defendants have filed a number of counterclaims and a large number of discovery requests.  Those filings by the lawyer the former session hired last year may muddy the waters regarding our motion and would increase costs of litigation.  


The Bills and Overtures Committee recommends the following 5 overtures for concurrence. Please note that the overture numbers have changed since the Office of General Assembly assigned them to the various committees.

2016 Overtures for Concurrence (added 4/13/16)


1.  Approve the request of Magnolia Presbyterian Church to create a new Temporary Associate position, and to hire Justin Beatty pending successful examination for ordination on the following terms; part-time (5 hours per week, on average), $420 per month salary, $150 quarterly preaching honorarium.

Examination of Justin Beatty (Statement of Faith)

Justin Beatty Bio: 

My name is Justin Beatty. I was born and grew up in Fresno, California, living there until I graduated high school, at which point I moved up to Seattle to start my undergrad at UW. During my undergrad years I made a home for myself in Seattle, and when it came time to go to Seminary I decided against relocating to Pasadena and stayed at Fuller Northwest. As you might have guessed, I still live in Seattle with my wife, Liina-Ly, who is a native of Estonia, and is currently working towards her Ph.D in Scandinavian Studies at UW.

When I’m not busy with work or studying, I enjoy spending time in community, going to see comic book movies, trivia nights, and going to the occasional baseball game, especially opening day. My passion is youth ministry. The youth pastor I had growing up had a profound impact on my faith journey, and I want to, and believe God has called me to, have that same impact on the lives of the youth of today. Taking theological concepts that are sometimes difficult to understand and putting them in terms that makes sense to them, and hopefully seeing them develop their own relationship with Christ, not just relying on inheriting the faith of their parents is what I hope to do in ministry.


1.  To approve an additional Bible Content Exam to be issued to Rebecca Cedergreen with a proctor from CPM.  

Rationale: Rebecca is on a tight timeline to stay on track for her ACPE Certification and training goals, and, having failed the BCE once, wants to make sure she has this opportunity to retake the exam within the timeline she desires to maintain.


Rev. Mike Pickard

                   Call To Worship                            

    Alleluia, Christ is risen!
The Lord is risen indeed, Alleluia!
Blessing and honor is your, O God.
Glory to God forever!

Hymn #238 (Glory to God Hymnal)         
“Thine Is The Glory”  vs. 1, 2, 3

                        Call To Confession                                
God is present to guide our journey
and eager to forgive us when we go astray;
therefore, in humility and faith,
let us confess our sins against God and neighbor.

Prayer of Confession
Holy God,
we confess that we have strayed
from your paths of right relationship and peace, 
and we have dishonored you,
ourselves, and your creation;
we repent of these hurtful ways.
Forgive us, we pray, as we learn to forgive others,
and guide our feet into the way of peace. 

Assurance of Pardon
God’s mercy overflows as a healing spring
to cleanse us of our offenses;
therefore, know that you are forgiven
and receive new life in Christ.

Sharing of the Peace

Prayers of the People and Lord’s Prayer
Kathy Smith

    For the life of the church,
that our generous witness may broaden your table
as all find a place to live and grow in your love.
O God of hope,
Raise us to new life in Christ.

    For the welfare of your world,
that all leaders and people young and old
will strive to live together in harmony
while serving the common good.
O God of peace,

    Raise us to new life in Christ.

    For all who suffer any violence, pain, or grief,
that they will know your presence
as you wipe every tear from their eyes.
O God of comfort,

    Raise us to new life in Christ.

    For our communities and our ministries,
that we may indeed be beacons of light
seeking to build relationships
furthering your kingdom vision for us all.
O God of faith,
Raise us to new life in Christ.    

    We ask all these things in the name of Jesus who loves us, who feeds us, who saves us and taught to pray by saying… Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, forever. Amen.

Commissioning of General Assembly Commissioners
Rev. Scott Lumsden & Rev. Karen Breckenridge
RE Steve Aeschbacher (Bellevue PC)            YAD Riley Drinkwine (Kent First PC)
TE Doug Early (Queen Anne PC)                RE Pattie Holt (St. Andrews PC)
TE Chris Pritchett (John Knox PC)           

Rev. Colin Robeson


The Lord’s Supper
Rev. Karen Breckenridge
(sung to hyfrydol – the hymn tune for “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling,"
“Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus,” and “Alleluia, Sing to Jesus”)

Sisters! Brothers! The Lord be with you.
And the Lord be also with you.
Lift your hearts unto our Savior.
Lord, we lift them up to you.
Let us give God thanks and praises.
It is good and right to do.
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Risen Christ, all praise to you!

We give thanks, O God, Creator,
for your mighty works displayed.
You breathed life into creation,
calling good all that you made.
We, created in your image,
though we’ve strayed, we’re loved by you.
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Risen Christ, all praise to you!

We join all creation singing:
Holy, holy, holy, Lord.
Holy God of might and power
Blessed is your Son, your Word.
Unto him we sing “Hosanna!”
Blessed Jesus, sent by you.
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Risen Christ, all praise to you!

We give thanks for Christ our Savior,
sent by you to share your love.
Through him you gave life eternal,
brought your peace, grace from above.
Crucified because of our sin,
still you raised him. Life anew!
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Risen Christ, all praise to you!

Christ took bread, he blessed and broke it,
then he shared it with his friends.
“Take and eat, this is my body
given now for love without end.
Every time you eat together,
in remembrance of me, this do.”
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Risen Christ, all praise to you!

After dinner, the cup he lifted
then he offered you his praise.
“This, my blood poured out for many,
for a covenant always.
When you drink this cup remember,
I have poured it out for you.”
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Risen Christ, all praise to you!

Loving God, your Holy Spirit,
breath upon us now, we pray,
that in Christ we’ll be united
serving him for all of our days.
Fill our hearts with his compassion,
showing love in all we do.
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Risen Christ, all praise to you!

God of grace, you have renewed us
at this table of your love;
giving us the bread from heaven,
sustenance from up above.

Help us now to serve each other,
loving you in all we do.
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Risen Christ, all praise to you!

Rev. Mike Pickard

Rev. Colin Robeson


“That they may all be one”  (John 17:21)
Partnership with our sisters and brothers in Barranquilla, Colombia

In late January, ten delegates, representing our Seattle Presbytery, Seattle Pacific University and Whitworth University, traveled to Barranquilla, Colombia to formalize a missional partnership between our Presbytery and Presbytery of the Coast.  The delegation included:   Tali Hairston, Staci Imes, Alex Maxim, Eliana Maxim, Terry McGonigal, Ben Notkin, Renée Notkin, Kevin Nollette, Ron Rice and Sharon Rice.    

The seed for this trip germinated more than 5 years ago when Mark Zimmerly became aware of the Colombia Accompaniment Program, hosted by leaders of the Presbyterian Church of Colombia and in conjunction with PC(USA) World Mission, that focuses upon a ministry of presence between the church, displaced communities and human rights leaders in Colombia. In his question of how our Presbytery might become more involved, he approached Eliana Maxim, a native of Colombia, and together they traveled to Barranquilla in February, 2015.      Last fall Adriano Portillo, Jairo Barriga Jaraba,  Diego Higuita and Gina Zabala - leaders of the Presbyterian Church in Colombia -  visited Seattle to meet with our church leaders and began to explore the various mission opportunities between our two communities as a way of sharing our faith and life experiences and unite us in our understanding of the Kingdom of God.  

The Seattle delegation experienced an overwhelming affirmation of the vitality of such a partnership during our visit to Barranquilla in January as we visited with displaced farmers, students, educators, pastors and lay leaders.   While we may have needed translators at times to help us in our dialogue with one another, there are two universal words that defined our time together and our excitement about our future partnership:  accompaniment and advocacy.    Through the unique missions of our Presbyteries, we are covenanting by the guidance of the Spirit to partner with one another in these areas:  

 Ecclesial engagement through the sharing of liturgy, worship resources, biblical and theological reflections, pulpit exchanges and internships.
• Educational engagement through partnership with Seattle Pacific University and Whitworth University.
• Diakonia engagement through a mutual vision of accompanying the stranger in our communities and presbyteries as we pursue together the work of advocacy, humanitarian relief, reconciliation and sustainable development.

Both councils of Seattle Presbytery and Presbytery of the Coast have signed a partnership covenant to be reviewed every two years.  To support our partnership in Seattle we have formed a Colombia Mission Task Force and are making plans for a delegation trip in 2017.

If you wish to have more information or are interested in joining the team, please contact either co-chairs  Staci Imes or Renee Notkin at


Concur with the congregation of Redmond Presbyterian Church to approve the terms of a re-finance of the mortgage on the Christian Education Building of Redmond Presbyterian Church as follows -

  1. Loan to be re-financed with US Bank.
  2. Fixed rate no higher than 4.00% guaranteed for 5 years, on a loan with a term of 20 years.
  3. Loan to be in the value of $900,000, representing an increase in debt outstanding, in order to pay for roof repairs.
  4. On the understanding that our monthly repayments would fall by approximately $2,000 per month (exact saving depending on final rate locked in), allowing us to meet our 2016 budget estimates for mortgage expenditure, and giving us a balanced budget for the year.
  5. Reasonable costs associated with the re-finance, including but not limited to title fees, legal review to be incurred. But not including appraisal costs, to be covered by US Bank.
  6. All of the above subject to satisfactory appraisal and document review by US Bank, and subject to bank terms and conditions to be finalized over the coming weeks.


"The Seattle Presbytery is disheartened by the hate speech and rhetoric that has characterized this election season.  As a body, we cannot and do not endorse a political party or a political candidate, but we strongly urge our members to speak publicly against the dehumanizing of individuals.  We affirm that all are made in the image of God. We are called to be peacemakers in our homes, our communities, our country, and our world. Language of hate, division, racism, elitism and violence fly in the face of the message of God which is a message of love, reconciliation, and unity.  We urge the congregations, ministers, and members within Seattle Presbytery to speak and proclaim again that love casts out fear.”

Motion: We move that the presbytery publish this statement on the presbytery website for use by members on their own congregation websites and also for use in local ministry partnerships. 


The Consent Agenda consists of those actions that the
Presbytery has empowered its committees to resolve on its behalf.
Those actions are then reported to the presbytery at its next meeting.
A commissioner may lift a consent item for debate by informing
the Stated Clerk or Moderator of Presbytery to that effect.


  1. Approved the covenant between Presbiterio de la Costa and Seattle Presbytery and established a line item of $15,000 for 2016 to support the Colombia Partnership.

  2. Approved the request of Inglewood Presbyterian Church session to forgive $993.63 outstanding from 2014 per capita.

  3. Approved the request of Calvary Presbyterian Church to forgive $1,800 in per capita payments during 2016.

  4. Approved a grant to Madrona Grace Presbyterian Church to help fund the Millexer Spring multi-church retreat for families and adults at Sound View Camp on April 22-24

  5. Approved in principle the Whitworth University program “Minds and Hearts Set on Christ.”  Whitworth’s Office of Church Engagement received a grant designed to support the integration of spiritual formation with the pastoral task of preaching and teaching the Bible for pastors of the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A.

EP Report

In anticipation of a Presbytery Coordinating Council retreat later this fall, I was asked to provide a summary and outlook of where where we are as a presbytery. The July meeting will give an opportunity for me to share some thoughts about where we’re going. Below is the briefest of summaries that offers an overview of congregational, staff, and financial changes over the past eight years.


Eight years ago, the health of the relationships between congregations and the presbytery was very mixed--some had a good experience and others had a quite negative experience. Slowly over time the state of these relationships has improved. Tom Hay, Director of Operations for the Office of General Assembly, remarked in this vein after his recent visit to Seattle Presbytery, “It’s good to be in a healthy, functioning presbytery.”


Relationships have improved in good part because of our current staff. EJ, Kevin, and Eliana have all significantly contributed to improving the relationships between congregations and the presbytery. This is a result of a staff restructure the PCC (Presbytery Coordinating Council) adopted in 2009. Though it’s an overgeneralization, the current staff model is a fundamental shift away from a “regulatory” to a “service” approach to presbytery work. The previous staff model was geared toward office work and filling out forms, whereas the current model focuses on “field work” with our sessions and pastors. Maintaining good relationships with our churches and among the staff is a high priority.


In 2008, the presbytery undertook a thorough review of its finances, the result of which was the writing down about $400,000 in each of the Operations AND Properties accounts. This was due in large part to a long practice of interoffice/account loans that given our cash situation could not be paid back. Despite the bad news of not having the $800,000 that was reported on our financial statements, the process it set in motion yielded a good long term result. In short, the result is a healthy financial picture now and for the foreseeable future.

Balanced Budgets

The current practice of balancing the budgets for SeaPres Operations, the Grant Fund, and Mission Assets is a new but important change in the way we account for our work. SeaPres Operations includes all our expected/required functions as a presbytery (committees, staff, per capita). Mission Assets is the management account for all our properties. The Grant Fund is our new self funded grant program to support mission and ministry.

SeaPres Operations has maintained a $40 per capita for the past nine budget cycles and is on pace to stay within that budget for the foreseeable future.  

Mission Assets (formerly called the Church Extension Fund), which in 2008 had been losing about $100,000 per year for the prior 12 years (over $1M total), now returns a net $350,000 per year surplus.

Grants Fund (formerly called Mission) receives about 50% of the proceeds from Mission Assets ($150,000 or more annually) and is the presbytery’s new self funded source for congregational and mission support. The presbytery also receives about $40,000 of mission giving from congregations and individuals.

Mission Asset Reserve Fund is the reserve account for all monies the presbytery receives from property sales. In the past we kept both (property) operating and (property) reserve funds together in the Church Extension Fund; however this was not a good practice as the default property management philosophy relied too heavily on those reserves to balance the budget. The presbytery now has about $3M in reserves that if invested could return (at 4%) an additional $120,000 per year to the Grant Fund or other cause. Looked at over the previous 16 years, the presbytery property operations has gone from losing about $100,000 a year (1996 - 2008) to an annual surplus of about $350,000 a year. Additionally, from a reserves point of view, the presbytery went from less than $300,000 to $3M (2008 - 2016).


  1. Approved funding to sponsor up to 7 people to attend the PCUSA Evangelism and Church Growth conference in August, including new worshiping communities’ leaders: Lauden Kangele, Alexis Rujumuriza, Roberto Ruiz and Geoffrey Wanyoike.
  2. Welcomed two new worshiping communities: Rwandan Fellowship meeting at Bellevue Presbyterian and Taiwanese Fellowship at Newport Presbyterian.
  3. Approved sponsoring a table at the Big Table vision event on May 12th.
  4. Approved funding a grant to Big Table for their ongoing/expanding ministry into Seattle.


  1. Approved the request from Madrona Grace Presbyterian Church to allow a Jewish Reconstructionist Community to rent its worship space for one year.

  2. Concurred with the congregation of John Knox Presbyterian Church to revise Rev. Leigh Weber’s contract to Full Time from half time.  Salary will be $60,000 per year, with corresponding Board of Pension adjustments.  Other compensation items will remain the same, effective March 1, 2016.

  3. Approved the request from Sammamish Presbyterian Church session to appoint Rev. Tyler Easley as the Parish Associate for Sammamish Presbyterian Church for 2016.  

  4. Approved the request from Rev. Brian North that he be allowed to serve as Pastor at Rose Hill Presbyterian Church in a validated ministry, allowing him to remain a member of the PC(USA).

  5. Approved the request from Rev. Lars Rood to validate his ministry as Assistant Pastor at Rose Hill Presbyterian Church (ECO) if the way be clear.

  6. Approved the request of Rev. Mike Yonkers to validate his ministry as a chaplain at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.

  7. Concurred in the request of Los Ranchos Presbytery and Rev. Ron Oldenkamp to renew the ministry validation of Rev. Oldenkamp, for a period of one year, as Transitional Executive Pastor at Trinity United PC of Santa Ana (ECO).

  8. Approved moving Rev. Nancy Martin Vincent to the Member-at-Large roll effective February 29, 2016.

  9. Approved the transfer of Kari Olson to Lehigh Presbytery effective August 1, 2015.  

  10. Approved the transfer of Rev. Jean Kim (HR) to Northwest Coast Presbytery effective October 16, 2015.

  11. Concurred with the congregation of University Presbyterian Church to approve the change in terms of call for Rev. Laurie Wheeler Brenner: Associate Pastor of Adult Discipleship, effective return date: February 14, 2016, 50% time, Salary: $26, Housing: $37,474, Total effective salary: $37,500 ($75,000 FTE), vacation accrual: 10 days/year (50% of full time), sick accrual: 5 days/year (50% of full time), study leave accrual: 10 days (cumulative to a maximum of six weeks), Board of Pensions Medical/Pension/Disability, UPC dental, vision, medical reimbursement, study leave, cell phone all stay the same.

  12. Approved the transfer of Rev. Brent Alan Anderson to New Hope Presbytery effective August 17, 2015.

  13. Approved a grant to Calvary Presbyterian Church to help fund an Ekklesia Fellow from Whitworth University this summer.  

  14. Approved a grant to Trinity Presbyterian Church to support the church and pastor during a sabbatical, May 16-August 7, 2016.

  15. Approved the request of Rev. Kay Broweleit to move to Honorably Retired status effective June 1, 2016.


  1. Rev. Kay Broweleit and Sammamish Presbyterian Church invite you to worship Sunday, May 22 at 10:45 AM and a retirement reception following the service.

  2. Rev. Ray Moore (University) will retire at the end of June 2016 after 44 years of ministry at UPC. Everyone is invited to Ray’s retirement celebration on Sunday, June 5 at University Presbyterian Church beginning at 9:30 AM.  


  1. Approved Coleen Chinen’s, Steel Lake PC, request to complete her internship at John Knox Presbyterian.

  2. Received Nick Davenport, Trinity PC, as an Inquirer.

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