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Staff

Rev. Jeremy Smith | Senior Pastor
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Jeremy’s passion is helping to unlock personal spiritual growth, communal discernment, and societal peace and justice. By removing roadblocks, encouraging questions, and spurring one another toward spiritual growth, First Church helps the Seattle community transform the world. Jeremy preaches with the Bible in one hand, and a news reader on his phone in the other hand, in order to provide messages suitable for transforming the world of today. If we don’t share the biblical message of radical love and a vision of a more just and equitable community for today, then who will?
An ordained Elder in The United Methodist Church, Jeremy joined First Church as Senior Pastor in July 2017 after serving five years as the Minister of Discipleship at First United Methodist Church of Portland, Oregon. Originally from Oklahoma, Jeremy has been the pastor of churches in Massachusetts, Oklahoma, Oregon, and now Washington. Jeremy graduated from Oklahoma City University with a BA in Religion, and Boston University School of Theology with a Masters of Divinity.

Along with being a pastor, Jeremy is best known for social media advocacy and his technology and faith blog Hacking Christianity, which has been featured on United Methodist news sources, NPR, The Progressive Christian magazine, and Sojourners.  Jeremy received the Young Alumnus award from BU in 2011 in recognition of his ministry and online engagements.

In his spare time, Jeremy geeks out over science fiction movies, Star Wars, tabletop games, and foodie spots across Seattle. When the weather cooperates, Jeremy, his partner Chelsea, and their two young daughters like to go on day trips, hikes, and explore new places in the Pacific Northwest.

Alicia Landis Choi| Director of Communications
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Alicia moved to Seattle in 2014 after living in Kaikoura, New Zealand for five years where she worked as the assistant director of a study abroad program that focused on theology, ecology, and sustainable community partnerships. A recent graduate of The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology, Alicia is passionate about progressive theology and wilderness-based theological education. She and her husband live in North Seattle with their cat, Dae-ho, and enjoy cooking, backpacking, traveling, reading, and spending time with their extended family in the Seattle area.


ELLIS-ELISABETH-125Elisabeth Ellis | Music Director and Organist/Accompanist
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Elisabeth Ellis is a Seattle-based pianist with a focus on opera, ballet and vocal collaborations. She has been Company Pianist at the Pacific Northwest Ballet since October 2014. Elisabeth also has worked with Seattle Opera as chorus pianist for La fille du régiment, and she is a frequent performer at Seattle Opera BRAVO events. Her involvement with local opera companies includes City Opera (Così fan tutte and Le nozze di Figaro), Vespertine Opera (Les mamelles de Tirésias, The Rape of Lucretia), Vashon Opera (excerpts of Dialogues des Carmélites, Don Giovanni and Albert Herring), LMC’s production of Hansel and Gretel, Puget Sound Concert Opera (Andrea Chenier and I Capuleti e i Montecchi), and Ballet Bellevue’s production of Handel’s Messiah. As both rehearsal/orchestral pianist and assistant Music Director, Elisabeth has worked at the 5th Avenue Theatre on productions of A Room with a View, A Chorus Line, and most recently, Carousel. Elisabeth also works with many local chorales and orchestras, highly valued for her skills both as a pianist and as an organist.


SALMON-LORRI-137Duuna Evans | Food Services Coordinator/Host

 

 

 


KRAIG-JONATHYN-101_smallsizeJonathyn Kraig | Director of Young People’s Ministries
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Jonathyn joined First Church in 2011 and was an active church volunteer before joining the church staff. He is excited to serve the church as a staff member: “When I joined First Church, I never imagined that I would take such a direct role in the academic and spiritual growth of young people. I feel honored!” In the fall of 2017 Jonathyn will finish his master’s degree in Elementary Education. He is currently a substitute teacher in the Tacoma and Kent school districts. His love of children goes all the way back to the time when, as a young person, he helped out in his grandmother’s daycare.


LILJEGREN-ERIC-5Eric Liljegren | Church Business Administrator
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Eric is a lifelong Seattle-area resident, church member and leader, and has worked in information technology and property management.  Eric and his family live in Shoreline and attend Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church.  Eric finds his vocation at First Church deeply satisfying, and holds great affection for this community of Christians. In addition to his love for the church, Eric enjoys sailing, hiking and camping, and motorsports.


ROUNDS-DANIEL-82Dan Rounds | Bookkeeper

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