In the Family


Doris Cornell; died Nov. 3, 2018

Transferred to a New Congregation

Luis Alicea and Tippanie Vega; transferred to Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Everett, WA


Did You Know?

Many musicians love our PRLC spaces. In addition to the Northwest Chamber Chorus, which has been rehearsing and performing in our facility for a number of years, we have added two new musical groups to our weekly calendar. Wellspring Ensemble (under the direction of Evan Norberg) rehearses on Sunday nights in the Sanctuary; and the Seattle Choral Company (directed by Freddie Coleman) meets on Tuesdays in the Tree of Life room. It is thanks to the generosity of the Seattle Choral Company that we now have about 75 new chairs in the Tree of Life room. These chairs will be appreciated for the next big event. Maybe next year’s Easter Breakfast?

It is good to share our facility with the community!


New Name, Same Office Manager

There’s a new name in the church staff listing, but it’s not because we have new staff. Our Parish Communications and Office Manager Christina Bogar has changed her name upon her recent divorce, and will now go by Christina Sunstone.

In the Family

Joined the congregation as Associate Members
Chris and Cindy Shultz


Jannah Fitch and Colin Ferguson; married October 13, 2018


PRLC Men’s Retreat 2018

October 19, 2018      6pm-10pm
October 20, 2018      9am-4:30pm

Make plans to join us for a fun time of connection exploring the life of the Apostle Peter. On the evening of October 19th and all day on the 20th, we’ll gather at PRLC to connect with the story of Peter, with God, and with each other. Don’t miss breakout workshops, worship, delicious lunch at Gorgeous George, a trivia challenge, and many more creative ways to be together. This event is great for all identifying men college age and up. Can you bring a friend or two? Registration fee is $55 (scholarships available), and includes t-shirt, notebook, and Saturday lunch. Please see the retreat brochure below for more details. Registrations due by October 3rd to secure a t-shirt size!

Men’s Retreat 2018 brochure [pdf]

Welcome to Our New Staff Members!

Elizabeth Peter


Vicar Elizabeth Peter is from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. She graduated with a B.A in Telecommunications from Penn State University. She worked as a Production Assistant/News Director at CBS 21 News before answering her call to pursue an M.Div from the United Lutheran Seminary in Gettysburg. Elizabeth is a Fund for Leader Scholar; she spoke at the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering; and is a member of her Alumni Gospel Choir from PSU. Elizabeth is in her third year at ULS and is passionate about preaching, studying the psalms, and being with people. She enjoys cycling, cooking, watching Netflix, singing and sailing.

Elizabeth is excited to immerse herself with the people of Phinney to teach, preach and learn about God together.


Craig Hopper

Gospel Choir Director

Craig Hopper was born in Seattle, Washington and studied at Seattle Central Community College, where he completed coursework studies in music theory, music composition, piano, and choral training. He has an extensive background in vocal direction and as a church musician.

Craig knew at an early age that music ministry was his calling. While in high school, he served as a volunteer instrumentalist for the Inspirational Chorus and Chapel Choir at Mount Zion Baptist Church in Seattle. There, he developed his skills as a gospel singer and drummer. He would also work as the Assistant Director of the Brotherhood Chorus, and Director of The Hopper Family Singers; a family music ministry whose repertoire included beautiful a cappella African-American Spirituals. The group performed throughout the greater Seattle area from 1977 until 1990.

In 2001, Craig was called as the Director of the St. Matthew Lutheran Church Adult Choir in Edmonds, and in 2004 Craig became Choir Director and Music Coordinator for the newly formed Edmonds Lutheran Church (ELC). At ELC he developed the music program, consisting of an adult choir, a vocal ensemble, a string ensemble, a chime choir and a praise chorus.

After an extended sabbatical, Craig is excited to return to music ministry. He is looking forward to serving the people of Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church. He believes that through the ministry of music people can experience God’s power and grace.

Craig is married and has a son. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, exercising, Major League Baseball, and is a history buff.


Paul Georgeson

Youth Choir Director

Paul Georgeson is a lifelong member of Phinney Ridge Lutheran, baptized here in 1992! He is a recent graduate of Westminster Choir College, having earned a Master of Music in Sacred Music there, and is the current Assistant Artistic Director for reSound, a small choir exploring the ways choral music can be used to articulate a message of social justice and inclusion for all.

Paul is a board member of the Institute for Social Change through the Arts, an organization focusing on the power artistic expression has to impact social change.  He’s recently been published in a collaborative work, The Complete Choral Warm-Up Sequences, led by Dr. James Jordan.


Jeffrey Cooper


Jeffrey Cooper began his career in Northern California with undergraduate studies in organ at Chico State, studying with David Rothe while playing the organ for numerous local churches. Since then, he has obtained a master’s degree in sacred music from the University of Notre Dame and a doctoral degree from the University of Houston, studying with Craig Cramer, Robert Bates, and Matthew Dirst. His doctoral research involved Buxtehude’s lost suites on the seven planets and their influence on Bach’s early works. During his time in Texas, he has been organist and director of music at St. Christopher Episcopal Church in League City, as well as organ scholar at St. Philip Presbyterian Church in uptown Houston. His wife, Anna, is another musical Californian with a background in fiddle and voice. Together they keep a joyful household (to say the least) with two daughters: Elizabeth, age 3, and Ingrid, age 1. Jeffrey will begin his work at PRLC the first of December.




Join Us for a Special Sunday Stroll this Week

Every Sunday evening this summer, a group of 10-15 Phinney members and friends has gathered for friendly conversation while taking walks around different neighborhoods, starting and ending in different parks featured in Linnea Westerlind’s Discovering Seattle Parks: A Local’s Guide. Over 25 people of all ages have participated (along with five different dogs!).

All are welcome to join us for one or both of our final two walks of this series. This Sunday, August 19, we will be gathering at the Center for Urban Horticulture (3501 NE 41st St) courtyard (in the middle of the building-walk straight through from the parking lot) at a special start time of 6:30pm. Larry Howard, husband of Pastor Nancy Winder, will be leading us on a tour of the Lake Union Natural Area in the Laurelhurst neighborhood (near University Village). Nancy and Larry have graciously invited us for dessert after the guided walk at their home a few blocks away.

Children are welcome, and please feel free to invite your non-Phinney family and friends. Please leave your dog home for this walk, as we want to be gentle with the natural area we’ll be walking through (as well as the Winder/Howard home!).

Our final walk of this series will bring us back to the site of our first walk—Sunset Hill Park in Ballard—7:00pm on August 26.
Please RSVP or send questions to Don Boelter (, 206-276-4687)

PRLC Annual Congregational Meeting on January 28, 2018

The congregation’s Annual Meeting will take place between services on January 28, 2018.  This is the occasion, every winter, when we review the previous year and celebrate ministry highlights.  In addition, we approve a budget for 2018.  At both services, we will give gratitude for the ministries of PRLC and pray for God’s lead in the future.  The annual meeting takes place in the sanctuary and it begins between services, at 10:00 a.m.

In the Family

Cheri Rinn; died January 9, 2018

Recently Born
Carson Michael Kruse, born January 2, 2018 to parents Shawn and Nichole Kruse