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 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.
Soprano and Conductor, Octavia is a fierce advocate for vocal music. She prides herself on a devotion to contemporary works and is especially interested in programming composers with less representation in the Western Canon. After receiving her B.M. in 2013 in Vocal Performance from Cornish College of the Arts, she performed, conducted, and taught until beginning studies at Yale University in 2016. She graduated from the Yale School of Music with her M.M. in Choral Conducting and Institute of Sacred Music Certificate in 2018. Since then, she has been a full time church-musician and music teacher, and has also worked as a performer in classical and non-classical capacities. Her other passions include composition, songwriting, guitar, visual arts, and the Great Northwest. View more about Octavia on her website.
David was born and raised in Montana but has been in Seattle since 1985. He comes to Magnolia UCC after retiring following 22 years as Church Administrator and Leadership Team Member at University Congregational United Church of Christ. Prior to that, he was Associate Director of Multifaith AIDS Project of Seattle (MAPS). Before MAPS, he was a banker for seventeen years. David’s spouse Rev. Tim Devine recently retired as pastor of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Ballard. They have hopes of some travel, time with family and friends, and continuing to clean out closets and cupboards. David is also catching up on some reading. David is delighted to be at MUCC and to help support and encourage the ministry of this wonderful congregation.
Olivia is a new face in our community, and 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 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.