Upon meeting Joy it is evident that she embraces hope, strength and truth. Her life is rooted in a deep sense of the Holy at the center of all things, she delights in taking ancient scriptures and discovering how they connect to the real issues of our time and place. As a pastor Joy promotes open theological exploration while nurturing a deep commitment and belief in prayer, spiritual deepening and service. While she has been in ministry for over 32 years, she remains open to the new ways the Spirit challenges us to seek, experience, and share God’s love. Joy has a passion for shared ministry – nurturing and supporting the gifts of the church and its members. Like many of us in the Pacific Northwest, she enjoys hiking, biking, and getting her hands dirty in the garden.
Marci comes to Magnolia UCC with a very diverse background. She has run a community health clinic in Nepal, was a hospice nurse on the front lines during the peak of the AIDS crisis, studied health policy and run a non-profit healthcare company. She has a Masters in Divinity from Seattle University and a Certificate in Spiritual Direction. She has a passion for worship and spiritual experiences that extend beyond Sunday mornings and outside of the church walls into our greater community. Outside of Magnolia, Marci enjoys reading a good work of fiction in front of a fire on a cold, rainy day or taking a hike deep into the Cascades with her daughters.
Sarah is a choral conductor, composer, vocalist, violinist, and music educator originally from Boston. She recently received her DMA (Doctor of Musical Arts) in choral conducting from the University of Washington. Her compositions have been performed by choruses and chamber ensembles in Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Wisconsin, and Washington. She enjoys folk and classical improvisation on violin, which led her to pursue doctoral research on choral improvisation in addition to Renaissance music and choral arrangements of Sephardic Jewish melodies. Through her work as choral director and faculty at The Walden School, an inspiring summer program in NH for creative musicians, she has become an advocate for developing musicianship and improvisational skills in choirs of all ages and abilities. www.sarahriskind.com.
Ryan moved to Seattle from the New York City metropolitan area in 2017. A classically trained pianist, he holds a degree in piano performance from Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Oberlin, Ohio and has performed at a wide variety of events over the years. Ryan has an extensive background in providing music for church worship; various weddings, ceremonies and funerals as well as for restaurants/lounges throughout NYC and Seattle. In his spare time, Ryan enjoys hiking with his pup Bailey and exploring everything the beautiful Pacific Northwest has to offer. www.ryanjameswagner.com.