© 2015 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, tinkering, 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.

Nathan works to craft a meaningful, worshipful, and accessible Sunday morning service. The selection of music, liturgy, and pace is very intentional to draw the community into a reflective and dynamic experience of the God of the Bible and his gospel of grace in Jesus.

This translates to worship designed not just for those new to this church, but for those new to church, period. Nathan works with other musicians–– guitar, keys, banjo, bass, percussion–– to build the All Souls ‘sound’ and catalog of many rich and storied hymns set to new music.

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  |   community care / logistics

Charlotte creates order from chaos. She handles Sunday morning logistics, helping to craft a worship experience that is dynamic and engaging, open and honest, warm and hospitable. And smooth-running!

She also organizes and equips dozens of volunteers, helps to manage the ‘back of the house’ at All Souls, and actively serves and cares for our community during the week.

Charlotte enjoys exploring the city, reading, DIY home decor projects, and outdoor adventures. She lives with her husband, Adam, and their son in North Admiral.


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JESS RYAN  |   All Souls Kids

Jess works to develop and implement a gospel-centered, interactive learning environment for children ages 0-3, and their families.

She loves the curiosity and awe-filled wonder of this age 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

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 youth in 4th-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. Stop in for a french pastry!

RACHEL CULBERTSON  |   director, family ministries

Rachel desires to draw families into a gospel-centered experience of true community, characterized by warmth and authenticity, formed by our fascination with Jesus.

Bringing significant teaching experience to her role (language arts, drama, and music), Rachel oversees All Souls Kids, equipping and supporting staff and volunteers.

She holds a degree in music, enjoys listening to opera with her kids, and is an enthusiastic gardener and loves working with everything edible, she says, whether digging in the dirt, cooking in her small kitchen, exploring new restaurants with her husband, Sterling, or “geeking out on unique cookbooks.”

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 a B.A. in philosophy and a second in economics, and also a graduate degree in theology and pastoral care. He is an ordained presbyterian minister, most recently serving Harbor Church in San Diego.

While at All Souls, David 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.

Bruner faves: outdoor adventures, books, folk music, and good food, coffee, beer-- “all best when shared.” 

David and Gretchen live in High Point. 

STEPHANIE FILER  |   coordinator, 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.