Phinney Ridge is blessed with a talented and faithful staff. If you’re not quite sure who to get in touch with, you can always email Office Manager Christina Bogar.
Pastor Bryon Hansen is a native of Washington State. He was born in Puyallup and studied at Western Washington University in Bellingham. He studied further at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley where he learned theology and pastoral ministry in the wonderful ecumenical mix of the Graduate Theological Union. Most recently, Pastor Hansen studied at the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago, where he completed a Doctor of Ministry in preaching degree.
Ordained to the ministry of Word and Sacrament in 1986, Pastor Hansen has served congregations in Idaho, Oregon and Northern California. He is excited to be back in the beautiful Pacific Northwest and to serve the people of Phinney Ridge Lutheran. His passions in ministry are liturgy, preaching and faith formation for children, youth and adults. He believes these gifts from God powerfully shape and transform lives. Phinney is living proof!
Pastor Hansen is married to the Reverend Canon Britt Olson, a Priest in the Episcopal Church. In their Sabbath time they enjoy hiking, exploring the Seattle area, reading, film and spending time with friends. They share their home with a cat named Linus, who never makes life boring.
Anne (whose last name rhymes with “fly”) is a recent graduate of Wartburg Seminary, having completed her studies in response to a lifelong nudge from the Holy Spirit to embrace the vocation of pastor. Anne grew up in Walla Walla and, as a native Northwesterner, she especially enjoys living in Seattle and doing ministry with the Phinney community. Anne has been married for twelve years and has three children. Her husband, Will, originally from Minnesota, is a professional musician specializing in guitar, drums and vocals. Alongside Anne, he has been a longtime partner in leading Vacation Bible Schools and Sunday School openings. Anne and Will have three children: Lydia, Charlotte (call her “Charlie”), and Nicholas. Anne and her family love to sing and play music together. They also like to explore new local places, take long road trips and enjoy good food.
Anne is very supportive of PRLC’s commitment to worship, liturgy, music and providing a witness and service to the wider community. She feels called to work collaboratively to strengthen the current mission and discipleship that is so strong at PRLC but is also excited to help to lead us in new and exciting directions inspired by the Holy Spirit.
Vicar Katherine GrayBuck is a Seattle-area native, born and raised in Redmond and currently living in Seattle. She comes to PRLC as a Vicar (Intern) as part of her ordination process in the ELCA. Her home congregation is Church of the Apostles in Fremont, and she is excited to bring curiosity, creativity and her Sherlock-like powers of observation to Phinney. She studied International Relations at Boston University, and spent time abroad in Istanbul, Turkey. It was in the sacred beauty of the mosque where she first heard the whisper of the Spirit inviting her to consider a faith-based path, and she has followed that call through work at various area churches, to seminary at San Francisco Theological Seminary (part of the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley), and to the ordination journey. She moved to Seattle after receiving her MDiv in 2012, and she is currently affiliated with Luther Seminary in St Paul, Minnesota.
Katherine was married last summer to Lucas GrayBuck, whose pursuit of science as a vocation keeps dinner table conversation lively. She loves learning new creative skills, reads several books simultaneously, and is an enthusiastic but off-key singer. Her passions in ministry include preaching, ancient/future liturgy, and engaging spiritually with the unchurched. She is very excited to join in with the wonderful work at Phinney.
Minister of Outreach
Hailing from Bothell, Patrick enjoyed his undergrad years exploring his faith at The Evergreen State College in Olympia. He then served on staff at Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission for five years, earned a Master of Arts in Christian Studies from The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology, and finally answered the call to serve PRLC in 2006 as Minister of Outreach. He enjoys helping to create a space for God’s love to freely cover all his children inside and outside the walls of the church. When not doing that, you’ll find Patrick loving Jena, his remarkable wife since 2002, skipping rocks on a remote lake, or experiencing the ecstasy and agony of athletic competition. He lives in a Northgate condo with Jena and a moody but affectionate cat named Frida.
Children and Family Minister
Nancy was born and raised in Arizona and moved to Seattle in 2006. She graduated from Kenyon College with a degree in Drama and received her Masters in Theology from Fuller Seminary. For over twenty-five years Nancy has been blessed with work at churches in the areas of Christian education, youth ministry, and pastoral care – including time spent as a missionary in Rwanda. She is thrilled to be at PRLC and is excited by this opportunity to grow in wonder, love, and praise with the families of this congregation.
Nancy lives with her husband Roy Mock in lower Queen Anne, where their balcony is a mini wildlife preserve for crows, a variety of small birds, and a very feisty squirrel.
Kirsten was born and raised in Munich, Germany, and came to the United States as a young bride. Her kids attended Issaquah schools, and are now 25, 28 and 31. After being an enthusiastic “stay-at-home” mom, with co-op preschools, elementary school field trips and all, Kirsten started working part-time for her home congregation, Our Savior Lutheran Church in Issaquah. Other full-time positions followed – her last job was at Shepherd of the Hills in Issaquah, where she reported to Pastor Debbie Boyce, whom many of you will remember as “Vicar Debbie” from her time here as an intern!
When Kirsten is not in the office, she enjoys reading, sewing and gardening. She and her husband like to walk their 10-year old border collie “Summer”, and Kirsten also sings in the church choir at Our Savior.
Child Development Center Director
Parish Communications and Office Manager
Christina is a Northwest native who taught high school English and worked as a private tutor for a long time before coming to Phinney Ridge Lutheran as Office Manager.
She can still wield a wicked red pen, but uses her powers for good in church worship bulletins, newsletters, and on the website, all while offering office visitors a warm welcome and office staff an orderly work environment. You can meet her most Sunday mornings at the Grace Station in the narthex.
Christina enjoys the world’s best commute, living just a few blocks from Phinney, and is a frequent visitor to San Francisco, where both her children are living.
Children’s Choir Director
After graduating from Seattle Pacific University with a degree in Vocal Performance and Worship Arts, Evelyn began her music career in 2010 as a private voice/piano teacher. She now maintains a thriving studio of 40 private students. She also enjoys teaching general music at a small K-8 private school, Laurel Academy. She also is a staff cantor at St. Alphonsus parish, and enjoys praising the Lord through worship and liturgy.
Evelyn does her very best to encourage musical growth and quality worshipful music. She strives to create a fun and encouraging environment that fosters learning and connecting musical expression to our faith in Christ.
Valerie is PRLC’s senior staff member. Twenty seven years of over forty years as a church musician have been spent here. She began her call to PRLC as organist, went on to add many compositions to PRLC’s worship, and then worked together with Shari Anderson to build the present Youth Choir.
A Ballard native, she was baptized and nurtured in the faith at Ballard First Lutheran Church. Some of her earliest experiences in music were playing piano, violin and then organ in this community. She went on to receive her BM degree in organ performance at St. Olaf College and her MM from Northwestern University. Her first call was as Director of Music at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Park Ridge, Illinois.
For the past fifteen years, Valerie has also served as Music Director/Composer in Residence at Temple De Hirsch Sinai. Serving both PRLC and TDHS, Valerie has a unique opportunity to provide both communities with opportunities for interfaith worship and understanding.
She loves gardening, cats and sharing the delicious meals that her husband John cooks with family and friends.
During Valerie’s time at PRLC, she has composed many anthems for adult and youth choirs. Click on the link below to see a listing of her work.
Chancel Choir and Hand Bell Choir Director
Beth Ann is now in her second decade of ministry at PRLC, conducting the Chancel Choir and Handbell Choir. Beth Ann strives to honor the gifts and abilities of each choir member, while fostering an environment of healthy singing, high artistic standards, rich and varied expression of faith, musical connection to the church throughout history and around the world, and growth together as the body of Christ.
Beth Ann continues to make music outside PRLC. She is on the staff of the Northwest Girlchoir, and co-conducts Mirinesse Women’s Choir. At Seattle Pacific University, she teaches voice and conducts the Women’s Choir. She holds a B.Mus degree in church music from St. Olaf College and a MM in voice performance from Arizona State University.
Gospel Choir and Youth Choir Director
Diane Figaro was raised in the small, mid-western college town of Elsah, Illinois. She has a B.A. in Music from Principia College in Elsah, Illinois, with an emphasis in Piano Performance and a Minor in Education; an MA in Ethnomusicology from the University of Washington; and a PhD in Musicology with a Minor in Women’s Studies from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana. As a part of her graduate work, she conducted field work in Tampere, Finland — supported by a Fulbright-Hays grant — and Santiago, Chile.
Diane has lived in Seattle a total of 22 years, where she has spent much of her time performing and directing church choirs. For many years, she worked as staff accompanist for Seattle University Choirs, was very active in Shades of Praise Gospel Choir, and sang with The Sound of the Northwest (Negro Spirituals Choir). Over the past 12 years she has served as Choir Director for adults and children at St. Benedict, St. Catherine, and Sacred Heart Parishes in the Seattle area and First United Methodist Church of Mount Vernon.
Diane is fortunate to be in a family that eats and breathes music. She is married to Rodney Figaro, whom she met singing in Shades of Praise Gospel Choir, and they have a daughter, Sarah, who is studying and performing voice. The Figaro family lives in Lynnwood.
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