Rev. Sharon Moe | Senior Pastor
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Rev. Sharon’s Moe’s ministry has been one of advocacy for the LGBT community and all marginalized in our world, reaching out to embrace people who are without adequate income from work and who are unable to afford housing or support their families, and helping to heal the world devastated by violence, war and division. She brings a passion for scripture, a yearning for justice and love for a broken world to her ministry at First United Methodist Church.
Before coming to First Church, Rev. Moe served five churches in the Pacific Northwest Conference and served as the Tacoma District Superintendent. She graduated from Union Theological Seminary in NYC and was ordained in the Pacific Northwest Conference.
Rev. Moe has traveled extensively throughout her ministry. Her travels include visits to Israel and the West Bank to work with Palestinian Christian children and youth in the Kids for Hope project with children and youth from other countries, a cross-cultural camping program to introduce the children of Palestine to the children of the world. She leads tours to the historic and religious sites of the Holy Land with a focus on learning the political and social struggles within Israel and the West Bank.
Rev. Moe traveled with peace groups twice to Iraq in 2002 and visited Syria in 2007 with the UN Association of Seattle to be a witness to the crisis situation of Iraqi refugees in Syria.
In 2003 Rev. Moe went on Sabbatical to Africa, climbing into the Virunga Volcanic Mountains in West Uganda to look for the Mountain Gorillas in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, and to connect with Maasai villagers in Kenya and Tanzania who formed the Maasai Environmental Resources Coalition. From Africa she back-packed in Europe and then lived just outside the West Bank wall near Bethlehem for several months, studying the social-political historical and contemporary roots of the conflicts there.
Rev. Moe has been a delegate from the Pacific Northwest to General and Jurisdictional Conferences as well as Chairperson of the Conference Board of Ordained Ministry and of the Western Jurisdiction Coordinating Council.
Rev. Moe is Norwegian by heritage. In her free time, she loves to read Scandavian (and other) mysteries and play Scrabble.
Rev. Austin Adkinson | Minister of Just Discipleship
Rev. Austin L. Adkinson is a white, cisgender male, ordained in the United Methodist Church. In other words, he is a magnet for privilege, and as such, everything he says should be taken with a grain of salt. That being said, he identifies as queer and is most at home with people who seek to challenge patriarchy, racism, classism, heterosexism, and all systems of oppression. He earned a Masters of Divinity in New Testament Studies from Union Theological Seminary (NYC). Along with Rev. Moe, he was elected and served as a member of the General Conference delegation from the Pacific Northwest Conference of the UMC. Rev. Adkinson is the convener of the Biblical Obedience Action Network of the Western Methodist Justice Movement, which works to dismantle discriminatory denominational policies by focusing in word and action on the biblical mandate to love God and neighbor. He is currently seeking a publisher for a collection of devotional readings on extracanonical texts. He loves downhill skiing, craft beers, and working for the glory of the kin-dom of God.
Elizabeth Blanton | Director of Outreach & Communications
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Elizabeth has a Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design and has worked professionally in graphic design, art, and photography before joining the team at First Church. Elizabeth enjoys creating fiber art, as well as hiking and traveling with her husband Ben and her dog Kai. She grew up in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Elisabeth Ellis | Organist/Accompanist
Elisabeth Ellis is a Seattle-based collaborative pianist who specializes in working with vocalists. She earned her Master’s degree in Collaborative Piano from Michigan State University, where she participated in many recitals, led opera scenes programs, and coached and performed in MSU’s production of Mozart’s La Finta Giardiniera. She also served as Studio Pianist for Molly Fillmore, Metropolitan soprano. Since moving to Seattle, she has become very active in the local music scene, working with several opera, choral and ballet groups and performing in concert with the Kirkland Choral Society, Puget Sound Concert Opera, Ladies Musical Club, Ballet Bellevue and others. She loves working with area vocalists in coaching, lessons and recitals.
Duuna Evans | Food Services Coordinator/Host
Glenn Gregg | Music Director
First Church Music Director Glenn R. Gregg has been a professional in the field of choral conducting for nearly 30 years. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Washington, and a Master of Music degree from California State University, Northridge. Dr. Gregg also serves as Artistic Director and Conductor of the Kirkland Choral Society, a 90-voice community chorus on the Eastside. Glenn, his wife Jane, two daughters Jodie and Anna and their Labradoodle, Luna, live in North Seattle.
Eric 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.
Carina Schubert | Director of Young People’s Ministries & Office Coordinator
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Seeking a new adventure and a place to establish roots, Carina Schubert and her husband Scott moved to the Pacific Northwest in 2008. Carina spent four years as the Development Manager for New Horizons, a Seattle non-profit serving homeless youth. Carina grew up in the Midwest and moved to Southern California to study Youth Ministry at Azusa Pacific University. Carina also served as an Associate Youth Director at a church in California for three and a half years before moving to Washington state. Carina and her husband Scott have two children, Xavier and Zoe.