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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

 

The Rev. Dr. Linda M. Smith | President

Linda SmithThe Rev Dr. Linda M. Smith serves as Executive Director and Pastor of SKY Urban Empowerment and Transformation. Rev. Smith holds a Doctoral degree in Transformative Leadership and a Master of Divinity with Post Graduate certificate in Transforming Spirituality. She is currently pursuing a second Doctorate in Prophetic Leadership and Preaching.

Rev. Smith comes from a professional background in human resources and has been actively involved in coaching managers and leaders in professional development for over 30 years. Her experience includes corporate, organizational and ministerial experience.  Her involvement in government in the public square includes Renton Human Service Advisory Board and King County Regional Human Services Citizen Oversight Board. She has done volunteer work at the King County Justice Center in Kent, Seattle, and Aberdeen, ministering to those incarcerated. Rev. Smith has contributed her leadership skills to numerous civic and human service projects in Renton and King County.

J. Vince Larkin | Vice-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 | Secretary

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.

Steven Pomeroy | Treasurer

Steve PomeroySteven Pomeroy is a member of Community of Christ and serves as financial officer for several of the jurisdiction’s initiatives. He previously served as the jurisdiction’s Pastor Support Minister and a congregational support minister (2008-2015) and as Pastor of the Community of Christ Renton Congregation for more than 16 years.

Steve holds a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Arizona and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Puget Sound. After 11 years of public school teaching in Milwaukee, Steve moved to the Seattle area and worked for more than 30 years as the Business Manager of a consulting engineering firm before accepting church employment.

Steve’s strong interests on the on the board is the Church Council’s efforts include the area of civil dialogue and providing avenues of healing and reconciliation among diverse groups. He is also a member of an ecumenical task force working with the Business School and School of Theology and Ministry at Seattle University in development of a course curriculum focused on financial literacy for pastors. Steve and his wife, Mary Ann, reside in Bellevue.

The Rev. 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.

 
 
 
 
 

The Rev. Dr. Joyce Parry-Moore

The Rev. Dr. Joyce Parry Moore was called to ordained ministry after a career in classical and sacred vocal performance. She earned her MDiv at the Pacific School of Religion, specializing in women’s studies, liturgical movement and the arts in religion. She served in California before being called to serve as Rector of St. James Parish in Kent, WA. She also completed leadership training in community organizing with the Gamaliel Network, through Genesis, their Oakland affiliate; is a longtime member of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), and completed her Doctoral Studies in Pastoral Counseling through the San Francisco Theological Seminary. She is devoted to social justice, pastoral care and counseling, and intercultural competence. Mother Joyce and the good people of St. James, Kent, are working with community organizers from the Church Council to create an interfaith cohort in South King County.

 

The Rev. Roberta Rominger

Roberta Rominger has been the pastor of the Congregational Church (United Church of Christ) on Mercer Island since March 2015. She grew up in the United Church of Christ and is a passionate believer in its stances for fresh thinking, inclusiveness and social justice. After studies at UC Berkeley and the Pacific School of Religion, she was ordained in 1982. Her first service was in Arizona, and during that time, she heard a call to ministry in the United Kingdom, where she led congregations in the London suburbs and the Northeast. Ecumenical partnerships were high on the agenda everywhere she served, and her pastorates included federated congregations combining several denominations in single community churches. She then spent ten years as a regional minister in the London area and six years as General Secretary of the United Reformed Church, overseeing church work in England, Scotland and Wales and serving as a director on many boards. It is that managerial experience that she shares with the Church Council, with commitment to the fiduciary responsibilities of the Board which make for healthy accountability and robust structures as well as lively vision and strategic planning.

Roberta is married to Dale, a retired UCC minister. She plays the cello and is active in the Seattle amateur music community.

 

 

Cheryl Cooney

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Kevin Cooney

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The Rev. Kacey Hahn

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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.

 

Briana Brannan | Immigrant & Refugee Accompaniment Organizer

Pronouns: she, her, hers
Languages: English, Spanish

Email Briana  |  (206) 525-1213, ext. 106

Briana Brannan | Immigrant & Refugee Accompaniment Organizer
Pronouns: she, her, hers
Languages: English, Spanish

Email Briana  |  (206) 525-1213, ext. 106

In her role as an Immigrant Accompaniment Organizer, Briana is co-creating networks, programs, and circles for convivencia (coexistence), accompaniment, Sanctuary, and hospitality with faith and immigrant communities in the Puget Sound region. Briana was raised and has spent time within several Christian denominations and finds resonance within many religious and spiritual traditions. She grew up in Colorado and came to the PNW to attend Pacific Lutheran University. She studied in Mexico and Central America while completing her degree in Global Studies and Political Science. Her favorite places to find rest and renewal are on the trails, near water, on her bike or in her garden.

 

Kimberly Dominguez-Barranco | Immigrant Accompaniment Associate

Pronouns: she, her, hers

Languages: Spanish, English

Email Kimberly

 

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!

 

The Rev. Terri Stewart | Director, Youth Chaplaincy Coalition

Pronouns: she, her, hers

Email Terri |  (425) 531-1756 | Youth Chaplaincy Coalition Website | King County Juvenile Restoration Team Website

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.

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

She has published liturgical writing in the Abingdon Worship Annual and poetry in both the BeZine and in A River of Stones. She has 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

She additionally co-facilitates de-escalation, peacemaking, and an incarceration immersion.  She is teaching a course at Gonzaga in July 2020 titled “Leadership Strategies to Combat Hate.”

 

Beth Amsbary | Philanthropy Manager

Pronouns: she, her, hers

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!

 

 

 

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.

 

Irene Muller  |  Philanthropy Associate

Pronouns: she, her, hers

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 volunteering in 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 of donors, volunteers and faith partners to support the endless 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.

 

 

 

Alex Norwood |  Organizing Staff | Seattle Service Corps Intern

Pronouns: he, him, his

Email Alex |  direct: (252) 617-5710

Alex is a native of Eastern North Carolina and has recently moved to Seattle to embark in a year of service with the Seattle Service Corps. SSC is a part of the Episcopal Service Corps and is based out of Saint Mark’s Cathedral in Capitol Hill. In May Alex graduated from Western Carolina University with a BS in Political Science with the intention of going into government work. He is planning on attending graduate school in the fall, but wanted to take a year and give back to the community before going forward with his studies. The Church Council of Greater Seattle seemed like the perfect fit for someone who has been active in the Episcopal Church and is looking for a way to use his interest in politics to explore faith-based organizing. Alex is excited to spend 10 months working in Seattle and is ready to see what can be accomplished through organizing.