© 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 church for the city, in our neighborhood. They are working to help build and shape a community that is thoughtfully and intentionally invested in Seattle–– a church for its community 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 restaurant, in New York. He loves long meals, riding on two wheels, photography, tinkering, live music, and fly-fishing.

All Souls is a church for asking real questions, building lasting and intimate friendships, and celebrating the grace we’ve been shown in Jesus. For Andy and Rachel, this usually begins among friends around the kitchen table.

They work and live and frequent playgrounds 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, nursery coordinator

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, youth

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 walk alongside families and volunteers to create 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! An Alki resident, his hobbies include sleeping, eating, and trying to guess as many questions as he can on Jeopardy. 

"So far, my record is 16."

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.

She oversees All Souls Kids, equips and supports volunteers, and helps imagine and develop workshops/gatherings for engaging topics including family dynamics, marriage, and parenting.

Bringing significant teaching experience to her role, she has taught language arts, drama, and music to elementary and middle school students in the Northwest and abroad. She has also served as a policy analyst and media relations liaison within the non-profit public policy field.

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, or "geeking out on unique cookbooks."

Rachel and her husband, Sterling, have enjoyed being a part of the West Seattle community for nearly 8 years and have lived in almost every neighborhood up and down the California Ave corridor.