Meet Susan Fairo, our Interim Pastor
I was raised Presbyterian and found my way to the “God Is Still Speaking” UCC when I returned to church after a decades-long hiatus from Christianity. At that time, I’d moved to Seattle and wanted to explore my growing need to get in touch with my spiritual side. Even though I’d left church as a teen, I knew that I wanted a spiritual community and that I needed a church home use the words “God,” Jesus,” and “Bible.” Much to my surprise, I realized that I wanted a Christian community!
Before serving as the intentional interim pastor for Spirit of Peace UCC, I served as the intentional interim pastor at Penbrook UCC in Harrisburg, PA.
I received my BA from Evergreen State College and MDiv from Seattle University.
I enjoy biking, walking, playing Euro-style board games, baking, singing, sunshine and warm weather, reading, and sharing meals with friends.
Meet Peace Phan, our Music Director
Peace is a Seattle native and started his musical journey on the piano at age 6. Peace studied piano performance with Dr. John Pickett at Central Washington University and sacred church music with Father Kevin Waters, SJ at Gonzaga University. Peace received his undergraduate degrees in Music, Philosophy and Religious Studies/Theology at Gonzaga University (“Go Zags!”) and a Master in Education from Antioch University (Seattle). He continued on to accompanying choirs at Nelsen Middle School and Charles A. Lindbergh High School of the Renton School District under the direction of Mr. Brian Hoskins. In addition to playing for school choirs, Peace was able to work alongside as accompanist and sing tenor for choral director, Dr. James Savage (former Choir Director at St. James Catholic Cathedral), and Father Paul Magnano at Christ Our Hope Catholic Church in the heart of downtown Seattle where he found his true passion for growing a music ministry in a church setting for 5 years. It was there that Peace learned how to build and develop a music ministry where “all are welcomed”. After his time at Christ Our Hope was done, Peace returned north and was the music minister for Light of the Cross Lutheran Church in Bothell, WA under the direction of Pastor Drew and Sara Yoos for a year and a half. After Light of the Cross Church closed, Peace was happy to cross paths with Spirit of Peace Church and has considered it a blessed opportunity to call this new but very welcoming community, home.
In addition to music ministry Peace is also a current piano teacher with Lessons in Your Homes and has a great interest and ability in teaching piano to students with unique learning abilities. Peace loves working with a spectrum of students and believes that his students have taught him as much as he has taught them.
Other jobs Peace has held included being a Youth Minister, middle and high school Theology Teacher, Special Education Teacher for the Mukilteo School District and his “day-job” now is being a Program Supervisor for SL Start and Associates working with foster youths and youths with developmental disabilities with the support and funding from the State of Washington.
When Peace does have a chance to “breathe”, his hobbies include traveling, cooking, camping, having friends over to play music in his backyard music studio/shed, going out to share a coffee or a meal (please don’t hesitate to plan something with me!), the gym, Gonzaga Basketball (March Madness) and Seahawks Sundays!!!!
Peace can best be reach by e-mail at:
Meet Katie Campbell, our Children's Sunday School Teacher and Refuge Student Ministry Leader
Katie came to us via a recommendation from one of the current youth group families. A 2015 graduate of Redmond High School, Katie is currently working toward an AA degree in education at Bellevue College. She also works for the Boys and Girls Club to provide before and after school care for two elementary schools in the Redmond School District. Katie has three years of experience working with Rainbow Girls, which is essentially a youth group for girls, ages 11-20, that focuses on community service and leadership. In that role, she has gained lots of experience with planning and leading special events, mentoring young girls, and teaching life skills. She loves working with kids and is very creative, artsy, enthusiastic and motivated!