Rev. Marci Scott-Weis – Pastor

Marci comes to Magnolia UCC with a very diverse background. She formerly ran 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 helped 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.

Ryan James Wagner – Pianist / Organist

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 Ohio. Ryan has an extensive background in providing music for church worship services, as well as weddings, memorials, and events throughout NYC and Seattle.  He is active as an accompanist & collaborator within the Seattle music scene and is a dedicated piano teacher, offering piano lessons throughout the city. In his spare time, Ryan enjoys hiking, travel, spending time with his pup, and exploring everything the beautiful PNW has to offer. More information can be found via his website: www.ryanwagnermusic.com.

Jeffrey Myers – Director of Music

Jeffrey Myers is a recent transplant to the Seattle Area from Southern Oregon, where he studied Vocal Performance and Music Education and served as the Director of Choral Activities at Ascension Lutheran Church of Medford.  He has been an educator, music director, and vocal coach for over 20 years with a multifaceted teaching background and diverse musical experience. He has a passion for communal singing and community organizing through the performing and visual arts and is enjoying deepening connections in Seattle and abroad. He lives in Kirkland with his partner, her daughter, and their two cats.

Lauren Schulz – Accountant

Lauren Schulz is excited to be serving the MUCC Community as our Bookkeeper. She grew up in Shoreline as a member of Richmond Beach UCC and still enjoys performing with the RBCC Players community theater group. She is now living in Kirkland and an active member of Northlake Unitarian Universalist Church where she serves as their finance committee chair. Lauren is also the bookkeeper for three other churches in the area. In her free time Lauren can be found exploring local parks or working on creative projects with her two kids.

Olivia Kridle – Administrator

Olivia cherishes working with others and supporting her community. She holds a BFA degree in Acting from CSU Fullerton, where she learned all different styles of acting and theatre, and is currently trying to explore the theatre and film scenes, and is staff member and actor with Dacha Theatre here in Seattle. Her primary passions are the arts and social justice, and believes leading with compassion and open-mindedness are the ultimate skills in this world.

Rev. Michael Haven – Minister-in-Covenant

Michael comes to us from the San Francisco Bay area. She holds a Master of Divinity from Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA. MUCC called Michael as Traveling Minister of the Arts which allowed her Ordination in April 2018. She joined MUCC in May of that year. With over 30 years’ experience on stage, Michael brings a theatrical eye to Scripture. Working with other members of MUCC in BiblioDrama workshops, Michael develops scripts that are part contemporary, part Scriptural, bringing these sacred stories to life on the chancel stage. She is proud to be a member of this open-hearted, radically inclusive Christian community.

Rev. Carson Hawks – Minister-in-Covenant

Rev Carson is a graduate of Pacific School of Religion as well as an ordained Minister in the United Church of Christ (UCC). Rev Carson’s work in the world is to create and hold welcoming spaces that foster growth, healing, and the opportunity to live into our highest potential especially for those who are trauma survivors. As an Interfaith Spiritual Director, she works to provide a space that embraces questions, doubts, personal faith, and spirituality regardless of faith tradition or spiritual journey — even if past experiences with God and Church have not been kind, supportive, loving, or life-giving.  In addition, she leads retreats and small groups, teaches, preaches, and facilitates transformative writing groups and workshops.

Rev. Maureen McLain – Minister-in-Covenant

Maureen has been a long-time member of the MUCC Community and became Ordained in the United Church of Christ in the Summer of 2022.  She served MUCC through her Covenant Ministry of Adult Education.

Pam Wallace – Minister-in-Covenant

Pam Wallace came to Seattle from Pittsburgh, PA in 2010 and joined MUCC in 2011.  Her background is in health care, being a Health Care Director in nursing homes and a Hospital Social Work Director. At 58, she fulfilled a lifelong dream to go to seminary, and was ordained through the Congregational Church in 2007.  Her Seattle grandsons sometimes tease her with the title ‘Pastor Pam,’ but she most cherishes the title of Grandma. At MUCC, Pam leads our Lawn Ministry.

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