© 2016 All Souls

  Sundays at 10 am  /  3429 45th Ave SW, Seattle  /  How Can I Know God?    

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ANDY PELANDER  |   pastor

Andy, with his wife, Rachel, leapt at the opportunity to organize a new worshipping community that is thoughtfully and intentionally invested in West Seattle–– a church for the city that shares its hopes, needs, and questions.

An ordained presbyterian minister, Andy has a graduate degree in theology and counseling, and has previously served as a pastor in the San Francisco area. In a former life, he has written for magazines, worked in design, and helped open a BBQ joint. He loves long meals, riding on two wheels, photography, woodworking, live music, and fly-fishing.

The Pelanders work and live and frequent soccer fields with their three elementary-age children near Admiral Junction.

NATHAN RYAN  |   director, worship arts

Nathan, a longtime Seattleite, is a fixture in the local folk and americana music scene as both a solo act and band member. Hailing originally from Texas, there’s plenty of Johnny Cash and Elliott Smith influence in his songwriting to go around.

He works to craft a meaningful, worshipful, and accessible Sunday morning service. The selection of rich, storied hymns set to new music with creative instrumental arrangements is done very intentionally, to draw the community into a reflective and dynamic experience of God and his grace toward us.

Nathan has eaten at every great sandwich shop in the city, and has an encyclopedic knowledge of obscure bands. During the week, he works with Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission, and he and his wife, Jess, live near Alaska Junction with their four children.

CHARLOTTE ALJETS  |   pastoral support / community care

Charlotte provides broad-range pastoral and project support, and helps organize practical, tangible care for the All Souls community. She also connects with newcomers, serves as liaison to members, and especially loves coming alongside new moms in transition.

A Virginia native, Charlotte enjoys music and dance, exploring the city, reading, interior design, and the outdoors. She lives with her husband, Adam, and their three sons in North Admiral.

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JESS RYAN  |   All Souls Kids, early education coordinator

Jess works to develop and implement a gospel-centered, interactive learning environment for nursery-age kids through Pre-K, and their families.

She loves the curiosity and awe-filled wonder of these ages as kids begin a journey exploring the world and God’s love for them. Her desire is to cultivate a space for the youngest at All Souls that is joyful, grace-filled, safe, and engaging, as they participate in thoughtful play, interactive Bible lessons, and crafts that engage the whole child. 

A mom of four, in her ‘free’ time Jess is an avid runner and loves spending time outdoors with her family. 

STEFPHAN GAMBILL  |   All Souls Kids, upper elementary

Stefphan, who holds a degree in youth ministry and christian education, and seven years of leadership experience with Young Life, works to develop and implement a gospel-centered, interactive learning environment for 4-7th grades.

He is excited to help cultivate an experience that is both fun and engaging, where our kids are safe to explore the character of God, and fall in love with Jesus.

During the week, Stefphan can be found oven-side at the Market's renowned Le Panier Bakery.

DAVID BRUNER  |   pastor / church planting apprentice

David, with his wife, Gretchen, is a recent transplant to the Northwest, drawn to its beauty, creativity, and the juxtaposition of cityscape and wilderness. “The misty peaks of the Cascades have long captured my imagination,” he claims, grinning.

David holds degrees in philosophy, economics, and divinity, and is an ordained presbyterian minister, serving previously in San Diego.

While at All Souls, he will serve our community pastorally, extend our reach relationally in West Seattle and surrounding areas, and help to develop and organize the ways we’re loving and serving our city... but, his time with us will primarily be a season of equipping. The Bruners live in High Point. 

STEPHANIE FILER  |   director, spiritual formation

Stephanie plays a vital role in the work of distilling and cultivating a deeper desire to know and love God at All Souls. She oversees opportunities for women to gather and grow, in groups and on an individual basis, and is helping to develop a community-wide framework to facilitate and encourage deeper intimacy with Christ, no matter where we find ourselves on the spiritual spectrum.

What's your hope for how spiritual formation will shape us?

“That we’d become a community, here— where we are— who evidently love God in our choices and actions, and who value how each of us builds and enhances the whole by who we are uniquely.”

Stephanie, married to Mark and mom to two elementary-age girls, has a graduate degree and work history in clinical social work. She reads voraciously, enjoys time with her family, live music, and dance (“ballet and modern, not wedding or club”), and wishes she spoke more languages.

JENNIFER WAGNER  |   Sunday logistics / ministry assistant

Jennifer is, essentially, our Sunday morning host, overseeing  behind-the-scenes logistics— organizing and supporting volunteers and staff— and helping craft a dynamic and engaging, warm and hospitable worship experience.

A Colorado native and life-long hiker, she is also a mental health counselor (MA, LMHCA) with a local practice, and serves as a seasonal missionary to Gulu, Uganda, where she has explored how movement and dance can be used to rehabilitate a community that has survived years of civil war. 

KARA BARRETT  |   All Souls Kids, elementary coordinator

Kara’s primary role is to cultivate gospel-centered learning opportunities for K-6th graders and their families, implement curriculum, and to support/equip volunteers. But her underlying desire is for the children of All Souls to hear the words you are the beloved, such that they would “reverberate in every corner of their being,” she says, “and, because of their confidence in God’s commitment to and love for them, that they might radically and sacrificially love and serve others.”

A trained cultural anthropologist and the daughter of overseas missionaries, Kara brings a passion for helping kids discover how the gospel of Jesus propels us toward care of those who may have dramatically different circumstances and/or beliefs than they do, in the vast world around them.

She lives with her husband, Peter, and their three children near the Alaska Junction.

MEGAN SNOW  |   director, All Souls Kids

Megan, a proud PNW native, oversees family ministries and staff, equips and supports volunteers, and serves as liaison to our pastoral staff. She has an M.A. in teaching, a decade of experience with children/youth and their families in a variety of ministry and public education settings, including, most recently, as founder/director of Flourish Dance Project, a neighborhood dance studio in West Seattle.

“With kids, there’s great freedom to grapple, laugh, wiggle, and wonder through the gospel,” she says. “I love the mix of tenderness and vibrancy that so often accompany children discovering Jesus as friend and Savior.”

Megan enjoys a great book, jogging along Fauntleroy, conversation with friends, and exploring the city with her husband, Tyler. They live with their son in Morgan Junction.