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. 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.
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 and a black lab named Sally. These pets make sure their life is never boring.
Anne Van Kley is our Associate Pastor.
Anne is a graduate of Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, IA. Prior to embracing the Holy Spirit’s nudge to become a pastor, Anne worked as a university grant writer and copy editor. She grew up in Walla Walla and, as a native Northwesterner, she is thrilled to be living in Seattle and doing ministry in the Phinney neighborhood. Access to good, local food to cook with, and plenty of cozy, cloudy days are a bonus. Anne is married to Will and together they have four children, Lydia, Charlotte, Nicholas and Matthew. The family loves to sing and play their variety of instruments, and they enjoy exploring the country on long road trips.
Anne is supportive of PRLC’s commitment to worship, liturgy, and presence in the community. She feels called to be a pastor to all – from the youngest to the oldest – but she especially loves ministry with children and pastoral care for our elders. She is a cheerleader for PRLC’s Child Development Center and the teachers who provide such loving care there. Anne loves to work collaboratively with staff and lay people, especially to be on the look-out for new and surprising things that God may be up to in our midst.