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Office
4820 S. Morgan St.
Seattle, WA 98118

Mailing Address
PO Box 18467
Seattle, WA 98118

(206) 525-1213
info@thechurchcouncil.org

 

Our Board of Directors

 

J. Vince Larkin | President

An active member and current moderator at All Pilgrims Christian Church (DOC/UCC), with connections to Metropolitain Community Church, Vince’s faith journey had its beginnings in the LDS tradition. Previous board work includes All Pilgrims and MultiFaith Works, where he served as president through the merger with Rosehedge, remaining on the combined agency’s board through its sunsetting. Professionally, Vince is the General Manager at Acacia Memorial Park and Funeral Home, a Dignity Memorial Provider. His calling in life centers around helping people through transitions which come with death and loss, and finding unique ways to celebrate the significance of lives well lived. Ecumenical work done by the Church Council is so important today as our society finds itself more and more divided. Regardless of individual tradition, the reality of our faith is that we are all one in God’s presence. Whether by focusing on homelessness, living wage, or other issues of social justice, we are stronger when we work together.

 

 

The Rev. Staci Imes | Vice President

Staci ImesRev. Staci Imes is the pastor of Woodland Park Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) on Phinney Ridge. As a faith leader, activist, and artist, Staci is passionate about ecumenical and interfaith social justice work. She has worked and volunteered as an advocate and educator for issues related to immigration, homelessness, and peace-making. As a parish pastor, Staci strives to teach and live a model of engaged spirituality and she enjoys folding the visual arts and music into all aspects of her work.

Prior to entering ministry, Staci worked as a bilingual speech and language pathologist, with a B.S. from Truman State University and a M.S from Marquette University.  Later, she served as a Young Adult Volunteer for the Presbyterian Church (USA) on the US/Mexico border and earned a Master of Divinity from the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA.

 

Kevin Cooney | Treasurer

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The Rev. Dr. Troy Lynn Carr

The Rev. Troy Lynn Carr is pastor of Grace United Methodist Church, Seattle, after serving Bryn Mawr United Methodist Church in South Seattle for two years. Rev. Carr holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Social Work from Roberts Wesleyan College, Rochester NY, a Masters of Divinity from Lutheran Theological Seminary (now United Theological Seminary), Gettysburg, PA, and five units of Clinical Pastoral Education, with a completed Residency from Riverside Hospital, Newport News, VA. Rev. Carr is currently a Doctor of Ministry student at Seattle University School of Theology and Ministry, and is an ordained Itinerant Elder in the AME tradition. Rev. Carr is humbly honored to be elected to serve as a new board member with the Church Council of Greater Seattle, where she is excited to serve with the committee on community engagement. She is passionate about justice issues which impact youth of color and literacy.

 

Deborah Towner

Deborah is a lifelong resident of the Pacific Northwest.  She is married to John Towner, has 3 adult daughters and 6 grandchildren.

 

Deborah spent the bulk of her career as a Senior Vice President with General Electric managing one of their commercial real estate investment departments. There she managed a nationwide team involved in mortgage financing, equity acquisitions and securitization of investment grade properties in the $2 million to $50 million size range with annual volumes of $2 billion.  This career blessed Deborah with deep management and leadership skills both strategic and operational.

 

Deborah had a second creative degree and career in architectural interiors and worked for a commercial Architectural firm downtown Seattle for nearly a decade.  She is now fully retired.

 

Deborah has been a member of Community of Christ all her life. She is currently serving as administrative lead on the pastorate team at her congregation and also serves on the world church’s investment advisory board. Deborah has served in many capacities over the years such as worship director, finance officer, camp director and counselor and others.  She is fully committed to Community of Christ’s enduring principles and mission initiatives and lovingly walks with her faith community every day.

 

 

The Rev. Kacey Hahn

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Rev. Kacey Hahn currently serves St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Renton, WA.  Her pastoral heart flutters with joy when communities of faith tend to matters of justice, advocacy, youth ministry, shared leadership, creativity, public engagement, and innovation. For over 20 years, Pastor Kacey has served the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America as youth director, campus pastor, interim pastor, ELCA Youth Gathering team manager, speech coach and parish pastor in the Southwest and Midwest. She is passionate about cultivating authentic diversity, ecumenical partnerships and fostering communities of trust. When Pastor Kacey is not pastoring, you can find her hiking, sipping a pint of craft beer, traveling, hanging out with family and friends, laughing with her kids (Derek and Grace), or walking along Lake Washington with her husband (David).

 

 

Our Staff

 

Michael Ramos  |  Executive Director

Pronouns: he, him, his

Languages: English, Spanish

Email Michael   |  (206) 525-1213 ext: 102

In his role as the Executive Director of the Church Council of Greater Seattle, Michael connects congregations in King and South Snohomish Counties, empowering them in working toward God’s shalom. He has worked on ecumenical community building for two decades and enjoys connecting spirituality with social justice. At the Church Council, confronting homelessness, immigration accompaniment and reform and building a living wage future have been his central commitments with faith communities throughout the region. Michael served as Director of Latino Ministries for the Catholic Diocese in Oakland in the mid-1990s before moving back to Seattle with his wife, Donna, and their two (now-grown) daughters. He holds a Masters of Divinity from Seattle University.  After growing up and going to college in New York City, Michael came to the Pacific Northwest thirty years ago.

 

Joey Ager  |  Lead Organizer

Email Joey   |   (206) 525-1213, ext. 109

Joey Ager, a Scottish transplant to the PNW via Washington, DC and San Diego, is passionate about the prophetic power of faith communities to transform the world. At the Church Council, his focus is on bringing the tools of faith-based community organizing to communities throughout the region, with a particular focus on the diverse and highly impacted communities of South King County.

He trained as an organizer with mostly Spanish-speaking Catholic communities in San Diego, holds a degree in Theology from Oxford University, and writes about the relationship between faith and global humanitarianism, most recently as the co-author of the book Faith, Secularism and Humanitarian Engagement.

Joey lives in Tacoma, WA with his wife, Emily, and two boys, Rowan and Finlay.

 

Beth Amsbary | Philanthropy Manager

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Email Beth  | direct line: (206) 204-3853

To Beth, arriving at the Church Council seemed like a natural destination in a life journey that led her through non-profit management and an ever-growing practice in the Christian tradition. Beth brings more than twenty years’ experience as a development officer and educator, often working with groups during times of transition. She served as Development Manager of Seattle Shakespeare Company and Taproot Theatre Company, as well as overseeing educational programs for Pacific Science Center and Seattle Public Theater (where she was a co-founder). Her faith journey began in the Episcopal tradition and brought her eventually to University Congregational United Church of Christ. Along the way, Holy Spirit has shown her the power of Evangelical prayer, Benedictine reflection, Sufi poetry, and Quaker silence. Beth maintains a practice and focus around helping people join together for meaningful moment in worship, organizing, performance, and non-profit ministry. Beth is inspired in her work by seeing brothers and sisters of many traditions together—listening and learning, worshiping and working—a foretaste of the heavenly banquet!

 

Kimberly Dominguez-Barranco | Immigrant Accompaniment Associate

Pronouns: she, her, hers

Languages: Spanish, English

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In her role as the Immigrant Accompaniment Associate, Kimberly connects immigrant community members with accompaniment  volunteers to go to immigration appointments across the region. She coordinates the Church Council Accompaniment Hotline. Kimberly received her bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Washington in June of 2019. One research projects she worked on was, “Impact of Children of Incarcerated Undocumented Immigrants” at the 2019 UW Tacoma Children of the Incarcerated Conference.  She also wrote a legal research paper titled, “International/Transnational Human Rights of Undocumented Latino Children.” Kimberly has worked as an Active Vista by Powerful Voices developing a one-hour workshop on social justice issues. Upon graduation, she was promoted to a Paralegal at a Law Office for a private Criminal Defense Attorney where she carries out the Padilla vs. Kentucky case law through the Washington Defenders Association. Kimberly is a proud daughter of immigrant parents. She is pursuing a legal career in immigration law. Kimberly loves to be open minded in trying and learning new things, engaging in outdoor recreational activities. Let’s do great things together!

 

 

Ann Erickson | Office Manager/Program Associate

Pronouns: she, her, hers

Email Ann  | (206) 525-1213 ext. 105

Ann grew up in northwestern Illinois and graduated from Grinnell College with a degree in Psychology, and significant coursework in Political Science and Religious Studies. She moved to the Pacific Northwest as a Lutheran Volunteer, serving at Nativity House in Tacoma, and began working at the Church Council in August, 2007. She has a Certificate of Non-Profit Management from the University of Washington and is a “Jill of all trades,” loving to work on any sort of puzzle and being a behind-the-scenes engine at the Church Council and her congregation.

She is thankful for the many ecumenical, interfaith, and justice mentors and guides in her life. She is inspired by the relationships built across human-made boundaries, and the strength that such relationships bring in moving our world toward justice and creating God’s kindom here on earth.

 

 

April Little | Faith Land Organizer & Episcopal Service Corps Intern

Pronouns: she, her, hers

Email April | (571) 234-1991

April Little is a member of the Seattle Service Corps for the ‘20-21 year and is thrilled that the Church Council is her service placement! She grew up in a suburb in northern Virginia and she graduated from Hollins University (Roanoke, VA) in May 2020 with a degree in creative writing and French. She is passionate about the intersection of faith and social justice–particularly the full inclusion of LGBTQ+ people in faith communities, being a queer woman of faith herself. April is on the Faith Land team at the Church Council, and she is excited about being a part of a project that is building collective power in faith communities to address root causes of housing inequality in King County. She is committed to working towards God’s vision of the beloved community.

 

Irene Muller  |  Communications

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Email Irene  |  direct: (206) 525-1216

Irene was raised between Southeast Alaska and the PNW, attending unprogrammed Quaker meeting with her family throughout her youth and young adulthood. She graduated from the University of Alaska Southeast with an interdisciplinary degree in Anthropology and Biology and a minor in business in 2017, and has been working with both arts and social justice nonprofits in various capacities for the past fifteen years. Irene is grateful for the opportunity to work with The Church Council’s rich community to support the organizing, legislative, and community-building efforts of her coworkers. The Church Council’s work in support of affordable housing and immigrant accompaniment, especially in her home area of South King County, helps keep her hope-full for the world we are all building together, one in which all our neighbors see justice.

 

E.N. West | Faith Land Organizer

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 E.N. West, affectionately known as “E”, proudly hails from the DC metropolitan area, by way of Alexandria, Virginia. They graduated from William & Mary with dual degrees in American Studies and Government. In addition to working as a Faith Land Organizer with The Church Council of Greater Seattle, E is the Communications & Community Engagement Manager at Surge Reproductive Justice as a Community Impact Fellow with RVC , and as a member of the board of Got Green, a BIPOC-led environmental justice organization in South Seattle.

E deeply believes “we are uninhibited when we know our power” and is committed to co-creating a world where everyone intimately knows how powerful they are and directs that power toward collective liberation

 

 

The Rev. Terri Stewart | Director, Youth Chaplaincy Coalition

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Email Terri |  (425) 531-1756

Rev. Terri Stewart, a United Methodist Pastor, is the Director of the Youth Chaplaincy Coalition—a Task Force of the Church Council of Greater Seattle and the Pastor at Milton United Methodist Church.

They received their undergraduate in Criminal Justice Administration at the University of Phoenix, their Master’s of Divinity at Seattle University, and a Post-Master’s Certificate in Spiritual Direction, also at Seattle University. They are currently working towards their PhD in Trauma Informed Leadership at Gonzaga—choosing to look at the intersection of incarceration, leadership, and youth through a trauma-informed lens.

They have published liturgical writing in the Abingdon Worship Annual and poetry in both the BeZine and in A River of Stones. They have additionally been a guest lecturer at Seattle University (Matteo Ricci College), University of North Georgia, and at the University of Puget Sound. Her topics have included:

  • Mass Incarceration and Systemic Oppression: Racism
  • Mass Incarceration and Poverty
  • Mass Incarceration and the LGBTQIAP Community
  • Gender Inequality
  • Trauma-Informed Care and Youth

They additionally co-facilitate de-escalation, peacemaking, and an incarceration immersion.  They taught a course at Gonzaga in July 2020 titled “Leadership Strategies to Combat Hate.”