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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.



For Information:

  • Ordination vote by ballot – On a vote to ordain a candidate to the ministry of Word and Sacrament, a vote by ballot shall be granted upon the request of any commissioner, without discussion or vote.” (Approved July 18, 2018)

  • The presbytery may change any action taken by a subordinate body (Board, commission or committee) in the same way it may change any previous action by the presbytery by means of the motions to "Rescind" and to "Amend Something Previously Adopted." There is no time limit. A second is required, it is debatable, a 2/3rds majority is required without previous notice; a majority is required if notice is included in the call for the meeting.


Corrections to the Minutes

  Resolved, that the following minutes of the presbytery, previously adopted, be amended as follows [Items previously omitted have been verified by meeting papers.   Text to be deleted is shown with strike through; text to be added or inserted is shown in italic]

January 17, 2017:

Charlie Scoma, elected to CPM, Class of 2019, term to commence upon election

July 18, 2017:

Margaret Redman elected to COM class of 2020 2019, term to commence upon election.

Shannon Smythe was ordained 6/25 @ Lake Burien by the following AC:  J. Keuss, S. Koenig , C. Jensen, P. Savusa, L. Pain.

Moved and seconded That Rev. Will Mason be designated to the FPC Seattle AC, APPROVED.

April 18, 2017:

Eyde Mabanglo elected to COM class of 2020 2019, term to commence upon election

RE Ben McConaughy, elected to the PJC, Class of 2023 2022, term to commence upon election

October 17, 2017:

Carol Kirkpatrick, reelected to CPM, Class of 2020, second term to commence 1/1/2018.

January 16, 2018:

Commission on Ministry -- Tim Snow, class of 2021 2020, term to commence upon election

Nominating Committee – Colleen Chinen, Steel Lake, Class of 2021 2020, term to commence upon election.

Commission on Preparation for Ministry --   
Leslie Ferrell, Class of 2021 2020, term to commence upon election.
Carole Curtis, CPM, Class of 2021 2020, term to commence upon election.

April 17, 2018:

Rev. Dani Forbess, Executive Board, Class of 2020, term to commence upon election.

July 17, 2018:

Elder Craig Bray of Wedgwood Presbyterian Church to the PJC, class of 2024, term to commence January 1, 2019.  Having previously served on the PJC, Elder Bray’s required four year period of ineligibility ends February 1, 2019 on the four year anniversary of his previous resignation.  He may participate in pretrial procedures but not participate in a trial until February 2, 2019

Proposed Bylaw Amendments
new text underlined

On amending the number of Board members:

  Article VI Executive Board, Section 1, Composition. The Executive Board shall be composed of the Presbytery Moderator, the Presbytery Vice Moderator, the immediate past Presbytery Moderator, and no fewer than eight nine elders elected by the Presbytery as Directors, teaching elders in good standing or ruling elders, at least half of which shall be ruling elders.

Rationale: Standing commissions and committees of the presbytery are three year terms, in “three equal classes, one of which shall be elected annually.”  The current number of 11 is not divisible by three.

On clarifying that the Board functions as an administrative commission:

  Article VI Executive Board,  Section 4, Duties and Powers.  The Executive Board shall have general supervision of the affairs of the Presbytery and act on its behalf between regular meetings on matters not reserved for the presbytery, and perform such other duties as specified in these bylaws.  The Board functions as and is subject to the Constitutional rules of an administrative commission.[1] The Board shall be subject to the orders of the Presbytery and none of its acts shall conflict with any act of the Presbytery.  Actions taken by the Board shall be reported to the next regular meeting of the Presbytery. The Executive Board has the responsibility and power to:”

This is recommended by the Office of General Assembly, Office of Constitutional Interpretation.  The pre 2013 Form of Government provided for a “presbytery council” to which the presbytery could “assign responsibility for action between meetings of presbytery on such specific areas of its responsibilities as it shall deem appropriate.”  The current Form of Government allows a council (e.g. presbytery) to “delegate aspects of its tasks to such entities as it deems appropriate” as long as accountability is maintained. Commissions are more defined, they must be equal numbers of ruling and teaching elders, they must keep a full record of proceedings to be submitted to the presbytery, their actions are actions of the presbytery, presbytery can rescind or amend any actions.

On establishing a rule to allow a presbytery moderator to designate an ordination and/or installation administrative commission:

   Article VII Section 2.  Commission on Ministry. The Commission on Ministry is delegated the authority of the presbytery to be "pastor, counselor and advisor to teaching elders and congregations" as delineated in G-3.0307, except for the "oversight of inquirers and candidates." While this delegation includes the designation of an administrative commission for ordination after a presbytery examination and vote to proceed to ordination, or an installation,[2]  the presbytery moderator may also designate such a commission. Further authority may be delegated to the Commission on Ministry by the presbytery’s own rule.  All actions carried out as a result of delegated authority must be reported to the presbytery at its next regular meeting.  The commission shall elect one of its members as moderator.

This has been the traditional practice of Seattle Presbytery.  The responsibility for designating an administrative commission for ordination or installation must be provided by rule, i.e. the bylaws.

[1]At the time of Amendment this was G-3.0109a, Book of Order 2017-2019 edition.

[2]Minutes of the General Assembly, 2006, 38,40, 441, Item 05-26

Administrative Commission Reports

  Brenner Installation Commission – The Rev. Laurie Brenner was installed as Pastor of Westside Presbyterian Church on January 7, 2019, by the following Administrative Commission, who are dismissed with thanks: K.C. Watkins, formerly Capitol Hill, Jesse Mabanglo, George Hinman, Renee Sundberg, Jennifer Kenney, University.

  Besola Ordination Commission – The Rev. Marie Besola was ordained as a minister of the Word and Sacrament to serve as a temporary associate pastor at Calvary Presbyterian Church on November 11, 2018, by the following Administrative Commission, who are dismissed with thanks: Ben McConaughy, Mercer Island, Cindy Ehlke, Lynell Caudillo, Arleigh Champ-Gibson, Jenny Treen, Steel Lake, Donna Murra, Steel Lake.

  Hesch Installation Commission – The Rev. Brenna Hesch was installed as Associate Pastor of Seattle Community Church on October 21, 2018, by the following Administrative Commission, who are dismissed with thanks: Jesse Mabanglo, Justin Beatty, Laura Terasaki, Bo Yoon, Seattle Community, Loretta Pain, Union Church.

  Lee Installation Commission – The Rev. Hyong Tae “H.T.” Lee  was installed as Associate Pastor of Overlake Presbyterian Church on December 2, 2018, by the following Administrative Commission, who are dismissed with thanks: Loretta Pain, Union Church, Becki Barrett, Colleen Chinen, Don Hill, Seattle Community Church, Peter Ku, Overlake Park.

  Sanctuary Church Administrative Commission – On April 17, 2017, an administrative commission was designated to receive the applications for membership of Sanctuary Church wishing to unite as a congregation of the presbytery, oversee the process of entry into membership, review the church’s organization, structure and documents, develop a process for selecting and training church officers, and “At its sole discretion, declare them an organized congregation of the presbytery.”

  The commission reports that on October 29, 2018 it received the following email communi- cation from Cesar Menendez, Deacon at Sanctuary Church, on behalf of the church leadership:

We'd like to provide you with a quick update with where sanctuary is vis a vis chartering with PC USA. At this time, the leadership team at sanctuary has decided to formally halt the process to join PCUSA. It wasn't a decision we came to lightly. While Ed and Gabe were initially OK with joining a hierarchical organization, they learned quickly the amount of time and energy they each would need to contribute to be valuable members of the presbytery was ultimately too much. Thank you for your partnership and guidance throughout the process and we wish you the best in 2019.

  In light of Sanctuary's decision to halt the process of chartering as a PC(USA) congregation, we recommend the Sanctuary Administration Commission be decommissioned at the Seattle Presbytery Meeting on January 15, 2019.

  Respectfully: Rev. Heidi Husted Armstrong, Rev. J. P. Kang, CLP Kathy Smith.

  Resolved, That the Sanctuary Administrative Commission be dismissed with thanks.

                                               Scheduled Ordinations/Installations

  Barbara Williams, Ordination, Bethany, January 30th, 7:00 p.m.

  Jordan Uomoto, Ordination, Bethany, January 27th, 2:00 p.m.

  Jeny Carlson, Ordination, Northminster, February 2nd, 5:00 p.m.

  Zac Calvo, Ordination, Northminster, January 16th, 7:00 p.m.

  Tad Schuldt, Ordination, University, January 18th, 7:00 p.m.

Renunciation of Jurisdiction

   The Rev. Dick Middleton, minister member of Seattle Presbytery, renounced jurisdiction of the church in a letter to the Stated Clerk dated September 19, 2018.

consent calendar

A single vote is taken on consent calendar items with no discussion.  Any member may request that an item be removed; it is then discussed and action then occurs during the appropriate report.  For clarity Items appear in both places.

Approval of the Minutes of the October 16, 2018 minutes (available online only).


Recommendations for vote:

  2019 Operating BudgetResolved that the proposed 2019 Operations Budget and the Mission Asset Fund Budget (properties) prepared by Property & Finance be recommended to the presbytery adoption, funded by a per capita apportionment of $40.00 as follows: Seattle Presbytery $30.55, Synod of Alaska-Northwest $.50, General Assembly, $8.95.

  Nominations to the Nominating Committee – the Board nominates the Revs. Doug Early and HT Lee for election to the Nominating Committee for a three year term, Class of 2021, commencing upon election.

Authorized Delegated Actions Reported to the Presbytery:

  Financial Statements – were received and reviewed for the period ending October 31, 2018 and are available as attachments to the Board minutes.

  Property Management Guidelines (“Vacant Property Policy”) – The board had committed to developing a “vacant property policy” as a result of discussions pertaining to the sale of FPC Seattle property.  They have determined it would be better to address all, not just vacant, property. Since the bylaws give the authority and responsibility to the Board for the management of all property, the Property and Finance has developed a draft Seattle Presbytery Property Management Guiding Principles, to be posted for comment, to be approved and revised by the Board as needed,  noting that the intent is for this to be a “living document” that can be continually revised and improved as further input is received and considered.  Please submit feedback via the online form.

Bylaw Amendments – The Board concurs with the Stated Clerk to propose the following bylaw amendments:

  To change the elected classes of the Executive Board  from eight to nine elected members, plus the presbytery moderator, vice moderator, and immediate past moderator.

  To clarify that the Executive Board functions as an Administrative Commission and is subject to the G-3.0109b, as recommended by the Office of General Assembly, Constitutional Interpretation.

  To provide a rule as required by the Constitution, whereby the presbytery moderator may designate ordination and/or installation administrative commissions.

  Woodland Park Furnace Replacement – Woodland Park was awarded $7,000.00 matching grant to replace its heating system.

  Lake Burien Grant Application – An application was received from Lake Burien PC for a $15,000 was reviewed and postponed for more information.

  UNITE Youth Winter Retreat – Was awarded a$10,000 grant for the 2018 retreat and the 2019 proposed budget was amended to include the same funding for next year’s retreat.

  North Point Request to Reduce Per Capita – Was granted a reduction in 2017 reported membership of 31 members and granted the corresponding amount of per capita assessment for 2018.


  2019 Staff COLA – A 2.8% cost of living adjustment (COLA) was awarded to all Presbytery staff.

  Staff Salary/Housing Allowance Allocations – The Board APPROVED the following elections, which includes the above COLA, as follows: Scott Lumsden, (FT), salary $75,656.36, housing allowance $45,000, Eliana Maxim (FT), salary $67,508.21, housing allowance, housing $35,000, Dean Strong (.25 time), salary $1, housing allowance $20,560.

  Personnel Committee Appointment – Rev. Becki Barrett was appointed to the Personnel Committee.

Reported For Information

Proposed Staffing Model Change – The Personnel Committee intends to bring a recommendation to the March 19, 2019 Executive Board meeting that the presbytery change from a staffing model of an Executive Presbyter and Associate Executive Presbyter to a model of dual Executive Presbyters or its equivalent. The Personnel Committee believes that the current presbytery staff structure is insufficient to meet the growing and changing needs of the presbytery.

Presbytery Meetings

  January 15, 2019 Presbytery Meeting Agenda — The proposed agenda for the next stated presbytery meeting was reviewed and APPROVED, including a revision in the format “To create space and time for commissioners to engage in thoughtful, generative, and missional conversation around topics of particular interest to the entire presbytery; for the next meeting the liturgical resource would be the Belhar Confession and the theme would center around unity, reconciliation, and justice.

   April Meeting Reschedule – The Spring meeting, currently scheduled during Holy Week, has been rescheduled to 5:00 p.m. April 30, 2019.

  Task Force Reports Were received and reviewed, and are attached to the full minutes, from: Colombia Mission Partnership, New Worshiping Communities and Anti-Racism.

  2019 Executive Board Meeting Schedule – Tuesdays, FPC Seattle, 4:00-7:00 PM:  March 19, June 18, September 17, December 17.

vote on ga proposed amendments

Available online only; Clerk’s note: GA has removed the mandate to print and no longer distributes printed copies. Direct link: GA 223 Proposed Amendments to the Constitution, Voting Total 01-02-19. See also: Clerk’s Comments.

Resolved, That the proposed Amendments to the Constitution approved by the 223rd General Assembly and recommended to the presbyteries for their vote, be adopted.

“Any proposed amendment may be taken up and voted on separately on the demand of any member, even when another member has the floor, until the vote has been taken on the series.”

fpcs ac/session REPORT

Ministry Update: The congregation of FPCS gathers weekly around the Word in praise and prayer and witnesses together in lively fashion to God’s faithfulness in Jesus Christ. On Wednesday evenings, we continue to host a Bible study downstairs for residents of the Compass @ First Pres shelter with whom we continue to build relationships. A well-attended membership class in early December resulted in the addition of five new members to our roll who are all passionate about what God is doing and will do through FPCS.

Property Update: Following the Presbytery’s July vote that authorized the FPCS Session/AC to sell the Seattle First property unencumbered (and the October vote that reaffirmed the July vote), a properly called and noticed special congregational meeting was held December 16, 2018, to authorize and approve this latest resolution to sell the property in accordance with church bylaws and state law. The present members, constituting a quorum, voted by written ballot, and approval was unanimous. With all such necessary approvals, the Session/AC has engaged a broker and is in negotiations with potential buyers.

Legal Update: The Washington Supreme Court denied the former leaders' requests for direct review in May 2018, sending their appeals to Division I of the Washington Court of Appeals. That court denied their motion to enjoin the sale of the property in December 2018. We expect that the Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments in April 2019.         

commission on ministry REPORT


  1. The Commission on Ministry recommends that upon successful examination by the presbytery “as to personal faith, motives for seeking the commission, and the areas of instruction determined by COM, ruling elder elect Robert Ruiz be Commissioned Lay Pastor to Mision Hispana de John Knox upon election, ordination and installation as an elder serving on the session; the commission to include “administer the Sacraments and officiate at marriages as permitted by state law; the term of service hereby specified as January 15, 2019 through January 14, 2021. He shall be enrolled in the presbytery during this period of service according to G-3.0301 and the presbytery bylaws.  The presbytery shall review the commission at least annually (G-2.1001).

Background: A minister of the word and sacrament shall be assigned by COM, and in consultation with Robert Ruiz, as a mentor and supervisor. COM is satisfied that Robert has received preparation and instruction appropriate to this commission and recommends, in accordance with G-2.1002, that he be “examined by the presbytery as to personal faith, motives for seeking the commission, and the areas of instruction determined by the presbytery.” The Rev. Jon Saur has been assigned as a mentor and supervisor per G-2.1004.

Robert Ruiz: Bio

I was born in Honduras and immigrated to the United States when I was 19 years old. I became a Christian in 2009. This happened after I was getting a divorce and raising my daughter as a single parent.

I have lived in Washington state since 1999 and was baptized at Angle Lake, by Pastor Robert Bayley in 2011. I remarried in 2014 by Pastor Chris Pritchett. My wife Jenny and I have a deep passion for the ministry, and congregation. We have grown in our faith with the Lord Jesus Christ. We love and enjoy the work we do, we hope that one day we can serve full time in ministry.

Together we have three children Astrid (20), Josepha (17) and Elmer (13). I have been a part of the worshiping community of Mision Hispana at John Knox Presbyterian Church since October of 2009. I became a member of John Knox Presbyterian Church in 2011.

In 2014, I was given the opportunity to lead Iglesia Misión Hispana.

I am now an ordained ruling elder at John Knox Presbyterian Church and have enrolled in Whitworth University’s Commissioned Lay Pastor Program.

I'm very happy and thankful for the opportunity given to me; to be a CLP for the congregation of John Knox Iglesia Misión Hispana. I look forward not at only being a CLP, but to one day being ordained as a minister. I believe in having the proper training will help me better serve God and my community. Thank you and may the Lord continue to bless each one of you. “Lord, you have been our refuge place throughout Generations, before the mountain's were born and brought forth the earth and the word, from everlasting to everlasting you are God…” Psalms 90.

Authorized Delegated Actions Reported to the Presbytery:

  1. Validated the position of Providence Elder Place Chaplain as a ministry beyond the jurisdiction of the church, and to permit Candidate Charlie Shin to be called to the position upon approval by the presbytery that she proceed to ordination after successful examination.
    Background: Charlie Shin is a certified candidate under care of Mission Presbytery. An exam team met with Charlie on December 5, 2018 and recommends her for membership in Seattle Presbytery.  Background check completed, boundary training completion confirmed.

  2. Validated a Pastoral Residency for Community Development to Coastland Commons as a ministry beyond the jurisdiction of the church, and to permit certified candidate Zac Calvo to be called to the position upon approval by the presbytery that he proceed to ordination after successful examination.

  3. Approved the request from the Northminster PC session to obtain the services of a minister of the Word and Sacrament a the temporary pastoral position for Formation and Outreach, and for the session to call certified candidate Jeny Carlson to the position upon approval by the presbytery that she proceed to ordination after successful examination.

  4. Designated the Rev. James Kearny, according to G-3.0306, to work as Developer of Congregational Dunamis, a validated ministry beyond the jurisdiction of the church.

  5. West Side/Brenner: A full-time installed pastoral relationship between West Side Presbyterian Church and Rev. Dr. Laurie Brenner as Pastor/Head of Staff was established according to the following terms: Effective salary - $90,000 ($35,000 cash salary, $55,000 housing allowance); full Board of Pensions benefits; $6,885 SECA supplement; four (4) weeks annual vacation; four (4) weeks annual study leave; $1,000 continuing education expenses, $2,400 professional expenses, $2,400 automobile expenses, moving costs (one time up to) $3,000.

  6. Sabbatical Grant/Barrett: Awarded a grant to support Rev. Becki Barrett (Overlake Park Presbyterian Church) with a sabbatical from January 14 - March 31, 2019.  

  7. Lake City/Mabanglo: Approved the temporary pastoral relationship between the session of Lake City and the Rev. Jesse Mabanglo be renewed for one year at terms equal to or exceeding those contained in the current contract.

  8. Approved the following changes to the terms of call (installed) for Rev. Leigh Weber, Pastor of Vashon Presbyterian Church:
    Terms of call:
    - Three fourths time
    - An increase of $600 per month over current salary
    - Board of Pensions increase accordingly
    Increase of $600/month
    Total     $52,200              Increase of $7200 over 2018

9. St. Andrew/Kae Sigars & Breen: Approved the request from the session of St. Andrew PC to renew temporary pastoral
relationship with Revs. Julie Kae Sigars and the Rev. Maggie Breen be renewed for the period July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019.

10. Permitted Rev. Eyde Mabanglo to engage in the validated ministry of temporary pastoral relationship within the bounds of
Olympia Presbytery during her period of service as Transitional Pastor of Immanuel PC, Tacoma, according to the terms provided
to COM at its January 3, 2019 meeting.

11. The work of the following ministers engaged in validated ministries outside the congregation was reviewed per G-2.0502:

Jim Wellman (Educational Inst. Faculty)
Jeff Bullock (Educational Admin Staff)
Mark Snelling (Agency Staff)
Rick Hudson (Non Denom Pastor)
Doug Burleigh (Other Validated)
James Kearny (Other Validated)
Jill Rasmussen-Baker (Chaplain)
Rebecca Cedergreen (Chaplain)
Jeff Gephart (Ed Dean of Students)
Jennifer Jenkins-Gill (Chaplain)
Paul Kim (Admin Staff Perkins Center)
Leah Klug (Chaplain)
Sara Koenig (Faculty)
Eliana Maxim (EP)
Shannon Smythe (Faculty)
Kelly Wadsworth (Chaplain)
Paton Wall (Chaplain)
Jim Wellman (Faculty)
Ryan White (PCUSA Mission Worker)
Mike Yonkers (Chaplain, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance)
Kelle Brown (Pastor, Another denomination/Plymouth UCC)
Martha Dimmers (Chaplain)

12. The status of the following members-at-large was reviewed:

Lars Rood
Sheri Edwards Dalton
Adrienne Schlosser-Hall
Mark Smutny
Chris Johnson
Greg Millikan
Gwen North
Donna Wilson
Barbara Anderson
Mark Burns
Luke Crook
Lisa Domke
Joshua Kim
Jennie Spohr
Renee Sundberg
Joe Thomson
Janie Stuart

commission on preparation for ministry REPORT

Authorized Delegated Actions Reported to the Presbytery:

  1. Received Kim Herbert, West Side PC, as an inquirer on November 6, 2018.

  2. A written update serving as a annual consultation was reviewed on December 4, 2018 and Chauncey Handy, University PC, was approved to continue as a certified candidate.

  3. Removed from the rolls, Chad Marshall, per his request.

  4. Removed from the rolls, Greg Williams, per his request.

  5. Removed from the rolls, Michele Ward, who was was ordained and installed by the Presbytery of Philadelphia to serve as the Associate Pastor at Brown Memorial Park Avenue PC in February 2017.

  6. Annual consultation was held on December 4, 2018 with Rob Mathis, Sammamish PC, and he was approved to continue as a candidate.  CPM also granted Rob’s request to waive the CPE requirement due to the extensive pastoral care he provided during his service as Temporary Pastor at First Presbyterian Church of Sitka, Alaska.

  7. Received Stephanie Boyer, Mercer Island PC, as an inquirer on December 4, 2018.

  8. Annual consultation was held on December 4, 2018 with Laughton MacAulay, Mercer Island PC, and she was approved to continue as an inquirer.

  9. Annual consultation was held on January 8, 2019 with Danielle Merseles, Bethany PC, and she was certified as ready to receive a call.


Seattle Presbytery Exams Process

Process—for the sake of efficiency, while maintaining the presbytery’s process for examinations, the following process is suggested by the Stated Clerk, to be adopted at the time of the approval of the agenda:

  • All Candidates for Ordination to Minister of Word and Sacrament are invited forward.

  • Each Candidate makes a brief statement of personal faith and commitment to the ministry

  • Each Candidate is asked a prepared question by the relevant Commission to demonstrate competency in theology, the Bible, the Sacraments and/or church government.

  • Members may ask follow up questions of any candidate.

  • When the presbytery is satisfied, or after 45 minutes unless extended by vote, the oral examination is ended and the candidates are excused.

  • After discussion, the presbytery votes to proceed to ordination.

  • At the request of any member, at any point during the discussion, a member may request that an individual candidate be discussed and voted on separately.

  • Any member may request a written ballot on any candidate per the standing rules.


  1. First Presbyterian Church of Boonville, MO/Tad Schuldt: Having received evidence that Certified Candidate Tad Schuldt has fulfilled the educational requirements of the Constitution of the Church, Be it Resolved, That Tad Schuldt proceed to ordination by an Administrative Commission to be designated by the Moderator on January 18, 2019, 7:00pm @ University PC, and service as Pastor at First Presbyterian Church of Boonville, MO upon successful examination by the Presbytery.

    a. “The presbytery shall examine each . . . candidate who seeks membership in it on his or her Christian faith, views in theology, the Bible, the Sacraments and the government of this church.” (G-3.0306).  The examination shall also include, but not be limited to, a determination of the candidate’s ability and commitment to fulfill all requirements as expressed in the constitutional questions for ordination and installation (W- 4.4003).

    b. When a motion to end the exam is approved by a 2/3rd vote, the candidate will exit; the presbytery will “discuss and discern,” and vote.

Clerk’s note:  It is the presbytery moderator’s duty (not CPM) to rule a question out of order if he or she believes it is outside the bounds of the exam.  Any member may rise and immediately appeal a ruling by the moderator. A second is required. Debate ensues. No member may speak to the appeal more than once, except for the moderator, who may respond with additional reasons for the ruling.  A majority or a tie sustains the moderator’s decision.

Tad Schuldt: Statement of Faith

I believe in God: Father, Son & Holy Spirit. I believe that intimate loving relationship is at the center of who God is, since God is at once three persons yet one God.

I believe God is infinitely creative, imagining and creating everything and declaring it “Very Good.”  As a pure act of love, God created human kind, male and female. God created us in God's own image, able to be in loving relationship with God and the rest of creation. However, we turned away from God’s design to do what seemed right in our own eyes. Through that sin, all creation is warped and broken.

But God didn’t give up on us. I believe that God loves us with a “Never Stopping, Never Giving Up, Unbreaking, Always and Forever Love.”* God chose not to abandon us to our folly. Instead, God chose to stay in relationship with us in the promise given to Abraham and the law for Israel. Desiring to enfold all humanity into loving community, God sent His only Son, Jesus to be "God with us." Jesus lived a blameless life, working miracles, proclaiming God's kingdom at hand. God fullfilled the promise to Israel foretold by the prophets in the life and ministry of Jesus. God made a new covenant of life for everyone, sealed in the blood of Jesus in his death on the cross and won final victory over sin, evil and death in Jesus' resurrection from the grave.

I believe that Jesus Christ is the second person of the triune God, calling God “Father” so that we may also. Jesus is fully human and also fully God. Jesus demonstrated in real time, what God’s kingdom is like. In Jesus, we see God and we discover God’s desire for the world.

Jesus shows that God believes in us even more than we believe in God. I believe that the good news of Jesus’ death and resurrection and the good news of God’s unfathomable love for us demonstrated by Jesus’ whole life are both healing and reproductive. I believe that where the gospel of Jesus Christ is heard, the Holy Spirit causes life to grow, hearts to be healed and lives to be renewed. I believe in the ministry of reconciliation given to us by Christ, who reconciled us to God. I believe that God calls us all to be good stewards of the world which God has created and has entrusted into our care.

I am grateful to God for giving us the gift of prayer. Prayer gives us the means to talk with God and listen to what God is saying. Prayer is the means for us to grow in intimacy with God.

I am glad for the Holy Spirit, the third person of the triune God, the comforter promised to us by Jesus. I rejoice in the Spirit's indwelling within all believers speaking for us to God when we don’t have words.

I joyfully accept the bible’s authority, faithfully pointing us to God, its living center. I cherish the sacraments as visible signs, tangible means for us to encounter grace. In both of these we learn to live as living sacrifices to God and discover that there is room for us all in God’s everlasting embrace.

*Jesus Storybook Bible, 2007

Tad Schuldt: Bio

I am a native Seattleite. I grew up in the Maple Leaf neighborhood and graduated from Nathan Hale High School. I grew up in a ministry family, my mom worked on staff at University Presbyterian Church and my dad was is a Presbyterian pastor, specializing in interim ministry. I grew up attending UPC and became a member there at the age of 14. I went to college at the University of Washington, where I got my BA in Economics. While in college, I was very active at the Inn, where I first perceived a call to pastoral ministry. After graduating, I decided not to go straight to Seminary, but to spend a few years working in the "real world" first. In 2010 I decided that the time had come to go back to school, so I became an Inquirer under care of UPC and Seattle Presbytery, and I moved to Atlanta, where I studied for my MDiv at Columbia Seminary. After graduating, I returned to Seattle where I've served as a Ruling Elder, and in other roles while searching for a church to serve.

My chief ministry passion is discovering how to "be church" and fruitful in ministry in the rapidly changing cultural landscape we now inhabit. My hobbies are camping, scuba diving and watching movies. I have too many favorite hymns/songs to pick just one, but my favorite book of the bible (right now) is Isaiah; which is funny because my Greek is way better than my Hebrew.

2.   Northminster PC/Jeny Carlson: Having received evidence that Certified Candidate Jeny Carlson has fulfilled the educational requirements of the Constitution of the Church, Be it Resolved, That Jeny Carlson proceed to ordination, by an Administrative Commission to be designated by the Moderator, and service as Temporary Associate Pastor at Northminster Presbyterian Church, upon successful examination by the Presbytery.

The process for examination is according to “a.” and “b.” above.

Jeny Carlson: Statement of Faith

I believe in the Lord God, beloved creator of all the universe; in Jesus Christ, my savior and perfect model of loving discipleship; and in the Holy Spirit, who moves in me and with me, connecting me to the word and will of God, and encourages my mission in the world. I believe that we are, each of us, commanded to love the Triune God with all our heart, mind and soul and to be agents and actors of God’s love in every encounter and relationship we have with all people and with creation. I believe we have been entrusted by God to care for this world; ecologically, culturally, and socially; working for mercy and justice for all who are oppressed. In living out God’s call for justice, mercy, and kindness, we bring the love of God to those who long for it most and we work to bring about God’s kingdom in the likeness of Jesus’ healing, compassion, and in challenging systems that perpetuate cruelty and suffering.

God’s love was freely offered to humanity in the Garden of Eden, but we rejected the gift, preferring to strive for control of our own lives. Yet, even as we rejected God, God openly loved us and offered us ways to stay connected to that love through prayer, song, providence, and forgiveness. The depth of God’s love for us included taking on human form and experiencing first-hand what it means to be human in a broken world. Jesus’ life was the perfect example of how we are to step outside our own comforts and examine the world through the eyes of another. In opening ourselves to understanding the lived experience of another, we are able to know the hardships, joys, and concerns of their heart and open ourselves to hearing from God how to love and care for them.

I believe that the brokenness of humanity can be redeemed through the lived witness of Jesus Christ. Jesus commanded that we are to love God and love one another. Jesus’ life demonstrates that it is in first accepting and experiencing the love of God that we are then able to love one another. Jesus’ trial, conviction, and death convince me of the broken sinfulness that plagues humanity and of our continued rejection of the love God freely offers us. Jesus’ resurrection following human death is what proves that God has forgiven and redeemed us so we may reunite with God in the Kingdom of Heaven, and allows us to finally understand and accept the depth to which God loves us. It is through the life and sacrifice of Jesus that we have an understanding of love freely given and forgiveness mercifully granted, though we have done nothing to deserve either. In response to this complete grace, we serve God and humanity against the brokenness that will persist until Christ brings the new Kingdom of God to fulfillment. Our faithful witness and service to God creates spaces for the Holy Spirit to show us glimpses of this kingdom life; inspiring us to hope and convicting us of the promise indicated in Christ’s resurrection.

While we can do nothing to either deserve nor revoke God’s love and forgiveness, we can respond, through the guidance of the Holy Spirit and the example of Jesus Christ. We accept this offer through faithful witness, thoughtful study of the Word of God, devoted prayer, and humble service to a world that desperately needs it.

Jeny Carlson: Bio

Jeny first felt a tug towards preaching at the age of 14 when she was asked to give the sermon during the “Youth Service” at Seattle First Presbyterian Church. However, she focused on evolutionary biology instead, teaching biology and astronomy at Pacific Science Center for 11 years post college. She left teaching to be a stay-home mom when her oldest daughter was born, and began volunteering with domestic violence and crime prevention programs with Seattle and Lynnwood police departments.

In 2007, the Holy Spirit began calling her to seminary in earnest and she entered the School of Theology and Ministry at Seattle University in the fall of 2008. Jeny earned her Masters of Pastoral Studies in 2011 and her Masters of Divinity in 2016. Her CPE work was at Hospice House in Tacoma, which led her to her current role as an Adult Protective Services Investigator with the State of Washington. Jeny will be a bi-vocational pastor, continuing her work with APS while pursuing ministry at Northminster.

Jeny and her husband Lars will celebrate 20 years of marriage in May. They have three amazing children, Annika (16), Erika (14), and Gunnar (12), and two dogs, two bearded dragons, and two frogs. The Carlson’s have been fortunate to live in close connection with their neighbors for over 12 years, which has been a part of her dedication to lived community. She is also a certified USA Swimming Official, an avid Marvel fan, and loves to knit.

3.   Coastland Commons (NWC)/Zac Calvo: Having received evidence that Certified Candidate Zac Calvo has fulfilled the educational requirements of the Constitution of the Church, Be it Resolved, That Zac Calvo proceed to ordination by an Administrative Commission to be designated by the Moderator on January 16, 2019, 7:00pm @ Northminster PC, and service as Pastoral Residency for Community Development at Coastland Commons (NWC), upon successful examination by the Presbytery.

The process for examination is according to “a.” and “b.” above.

Zac Calvo: Statement of Faith

I believe in God the Father and Creator, endless source of creativity and love, who created us, the world and everything in it and called it good. We are lovingly made in God’s image, which calls us into collaboration with God’s ongoing creativity in and through us and in and through the world. This God does not rule over us as a tyrant, but instead beckons us in freedom to respond to divine creativity and love. While we strive to partner with God and desire to do good in this world, we must confess that we simply cannot find it within ourselves to do good on our own. We call this sin, or evil.

I believe in Jesus Christ the Son, God in human skin, and the Savior of humanity; for while we could not and cannot still completely resist the evil that is within and without us, God desired to be in intimate relationship with us and the world. To accomplish this, God sent God’s self in human form through Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ proclaimed the truth about who God is and what God does in the world, tending to the needs of the suffering and confronting the hypocrisy of religious institutions. Offering the ultimate proof of God’s love for humanity, Jesus went to the cross to identify with human suffering to the highest degree and to absolve humanity of sin. He rose again in three days to defy the powers of death, oppression, and injustice. His resurrection declares there is yet new life when all we see is death, and moves us to imagine the world not just as it is but as it should be.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Advocate given to us in the absence of Jesus’ physical presence with us in the world. Christ provided the Holy Spirit to guide and sustain God’s people until He returns to set all things right. The Spirit intercedes and groans for us when we are unable to utter words of praise or cries of lament, and is our comfort as we both wait and work in partnership with God for the cessation of suffering, pain and death, and the redemption of all things.

I believe in the Church, which is the expression of God’s love and creativity in, to, through and for the world. The Church does not exist to conquer the world but to constantly look for God’s presence in it. Thus the Church partners in God’s ongoing work in the world, continuing the work started by the apostles and the early church by mirroring God’s love and justice.

In the sacraments we have a tangible sign of an invisible grace that allows us to know God’s presence as we are drawn closer to God and each other through baptism and the Lord’s Supper. In baptism we find new life in Christ, dead to the old self, and are nurtured by the community of faith as we grow in service to God and one another. The Lord’s Supper is a re- membering act where we encounter the presence of Christ; and at the table we are reminded that love is not scarce but abundant and plentiful.

It is by Scripture as the standard that the Church understands the work it is called to, guided by its creeds, confessions and traditions. The Church works for the kingdom of God to be realized in this world, knowing that the complete restoration of all things is ultimately in God's hands.

Zac Calvo: Bio

I grew up in Kirkland, WA and attended Northwest University for undergrad, graduating with a B.A. in Music. I completed my theological studies in May of 2018 at Princeton Theological Seminary, and settling into life after graduation as I consider next steps, participate in ministry here in Seattle, and anticipate future ministry opportunities. Finishing seminary and coming home to Seattle is a welcome change of pace, and I am enjoying being surrounded by friends and family in this season. As I have grown more into my own pastoral identity, my passion for ministry continues to be nurtured by a strong commitment to justice for LGBTQ people in the church and the world, as well as for other marginalized groups and communities. My hobbies (still) include trying to find horror movies that scare me, and intentional conversations over glasses of wine with trusted friends.

4. Providence ElderPlace/Charlie Shin: Having received evidence that Certified Candidate Charlie Shin has fulfilled the educational requirements of the Constitution of the Church, Be it Resolved, That Charlie Shin proceed to ordination and service as Chaplain at Providence ElderPlace, upon successful examination by the presbytery.

The process for examination is according to “a.” and “b.” above.

Charlie Shin: Statement of Faith

I trust in God, and I rest in God’s love-filled providence. God calls us to live fully into what God has made us to be. God is in everything, and God is more than everything that is.

God sent Godself to us, in Jesus, and he is our Lord and Savior. I understand that in this movement of God towards us, that I am loved, and that God desires to be with and for creation. We are folded into the eternal perichoretic relationship, the eternal being in relationship, of Father God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. In baptism, I have become one with Christ, in Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. I am not alone, I do not have to save myself, but Jesus gives me the life that God desires for me, saving me to both do God’s mission in the world and to enjoy life with God forever. Jesus is our front-runner and example. In his life, he showed us how we can respond to God’s call on our lives. He showed us how to live into our created goodness. We can tangibly experience this salvation even now as we emulate Jesus’s life as recorded in Scripture and through the living Christ. Jesus’s death reminds us of these truths even more for even Jesus did not escape death. In this way, it is Jesus’s humanity that also saves us; not only his divinity. The resurrected Christ reminds us of the importance, the created goodness, of our bodies. The gifts and nurture of the Bread of Life is truly unlimited and eternal.

The Holy Spirit is our constant partner, ever present in our lives, but also moving, guiding, and directing God’s mission in the world. The Holy Spirit testifies to our hearts, speaking to us the Living Word of God. I am called to see where She is working, blowing, directing, and guiding, and join in the work of the true Church in the world. The Holy Spirit reminds us that we are called to engage and participate with God with the gifts and talents that were given to us. In this person, these actions, of God, we know that we are truly valued, seen, and known, by the Creator who planned, wanted, and desired us.

In Scripture, the Word of God is found. We cannot approach it and imagine that we could know everything that Scripture has to tell us today. In study and faithful interpretation of the Scriptures, we are constantly reminded that our understanding will never be perfect or complete. The words of Scripture are made known more fully throughout our lives and human history. It is where and how we encounter the Living Word. Scripture connects God’s people as it is a tangible authoritative text that speaks to who God is and who we are. It is God’s Word, spoken in love, to God’s children.

The communion of saints holds within it our history and our continued life. We have the privilege to know God in our lives today, and in the lives of those who came before us. The sacraments are Baptism and the Holy Feast. God’s grace abounds in these practices because they are spoken to us in the universal message spoken by bread and water. In these everyday nourishments we are made one with Christ and sustained by Christ. As we drink and eat, we are reminded over and over of God’s grace and our belovedness. With God and the communion of saints, we join and fellowship at God’s table. What grace abounds in this, as the lowly are lifted up, and we enjoy God’s kingdom on earth as it is in heaven. God’s love of me and all of God’s children is known by me in this life, and for this, I am grateful.

Charlie Shin: Bio

Charlie Shin has lived thirty years in Central Texas, two years in Bundang, Seongnam-city, Seoul, Korea before moving to Seattle, WA, four years ago. She is a cradle Presbyterian and is married with two kids. Charlie shares that she has felt called to serve God and God’s people since she can remember.

She received her M.Div. from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Austin, Texas in May 2014. She has three years of experience as a Director of Children, Youth, and Young Adult Ministry at Korean Zion Presbyterian Church, a Korean-American PC (USA) congregation, in Shoreline, WA. She completed 4 units of Clinical Pastoral Education at Harborview Medical Center (HMC) in Seattle, WA before taking on a chaplaincy role with Providence ElderPlace in Seattle.

She shares, “I understand doing the work of pastoral care and preaching the Word as me living my call - as me living fully alive. I am a child of God who has found a way to live meaningfully, purposefully, and creatively in the work of offering pastoral care and service in the ministry of preaching. As a candidate ready-to-receive-a-call, I lean forward to complete my training, education, and requirements to offer the sacraments to those I serve, as I see the times where I could not fully serve God’s people. I long to be able to serve others fully by administering the sacraments.”

nominating REPORT

Resolved, That the following be elected, terms to commence upon election:

Carl Pearson, University, COM Class of 2021

Rev. Leigh Weber, Vashon, CPM Class of 2021

Rev. Roger Harwerth, Newport, CPM Class of 2021

Rev. Becki Barrett, Overlake Park, Executive Board Class of 2021

Rev. Lindsay Murphy, Mercer Island, Executive Board Class of 2021

2019-01 Nominating Report (available online only)