Meet the LUTC Team
There have been a few changes over the past year to our team here at Light Up the City- we’ve lost Raoul (anyone find that guy yet?) and added a few and we think it’s about time we formally introduce ourselves. The LUTC team has been active for more than two years- we are a part of the Church Development Department at Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission. The Mission has been serving those in greatest need since 1932 during which time we have fed, clothed and offered hope to many over the past 83 years. However, we have not done it alone- the Church and volunteers have been a large factor in helping those in greatest need. LUTC’s goal is to inform, encourage, promote and resource the Church in the Greater Seattle Region. Without further ado, here is our team!
Vice President for Community Engagement
Ralph heads up the Community Engagement Division at Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission. This includes Church Development, Volunteer Engagement, Serve Seattle Urban Institute and Partnership development. His goal is to increase impact through collaboration.
Before joining the staff at SUGM, Ralph served as Mission Pastor at Westminster Chapel in Bellevue, Wa for 25 years, where he developed global partnerships and coached mission leaders.
Ralph is married to Nina and have four children and 7 grandchildren. His outside interests include fishing, cycling, gardening and bluegrass music.
Director of Church Development
Chris is the Dir. of Church Development at the Mission, and has been building and networking through the Mission for more than 4 years. With ten years in pastoral work, Chris brings an ability to understand the purpose and needs of the Church while also seeing the needs of the city.
In 2013, Chris helped launch the LUTC network with a key group of leaders from around the region. His role is primarily networking and vision casting. He hopes to see local networks flourish with a thriving group in each city in the greater Seattle area and help the Church discover a unified, compassionate Body of Christ leading the way in serving and loving their cities.
Chris and his wife Rebekah have been married for 13 years and have four rambunctious kids: Simon, Levi, Josie and Zeb.
Community Services Specialist
Nathan comes from a business management background, has been with the Mission since 2013 and is the point person for RedRing- a website and mobile app that networks churches, non-profits, government agencies and other organizations to better serve the local communities within King County. Nathan helps to connect, resource and inform networked churches in West Seattle, Federal Way, Tukwila, Burien and White Center. He is also the editor and chief photographer/ multimedia for the LUTC Blog.
In his spare time he loves to chase his four kids (4, 6, 8 and 9) in the backyard, play cribbage with his wife of 16 years, search for the perfect taco, listen to Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash on vinyl, run along Beach Drive in West Seattle and lead worship at All Souls Church Seattle.
The LUTC Team gathers in the “War Room” at the Mission preparing a Logic Model to help shape the vision for the Light Up the City Network
World Vision spent a day training the LUTC team to help define goals and map out direction.
Church Development Partnership Specialist
Dawn has worked for Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission since January of 2011. She began working at Hope Place in their women’s recovery program; and then ran the Emergency Family Shelter in Belltown for almost two years before joining the Church Development team in March of 2015. A PacNW native, Dawn has lived her whole life in King or Snohomish counties, and currently lives in Edmonds. Dawn’s passion to help those in need comes from her seeing God’s providence in her own life through the church she attended throughout her childhood and youth. You can read more about Dawn’s story here.
Dawn serves the North Seattle, Shoreline, Mountlake Terrace, and Edmonds communities by meeting with local church leaders regularly. Additionally, she works with congregations as they engage issues surrounding homelessness. If you are interested in doing anything from hosting or attending a class like Homelessness 101, a Poverty Immersion Workshop, or Mental Health First Aid, Dawn can help get you connected.
She also really likes dinosaurs, particularly Pterodactyl’s “I like their size, the silent consonant at the beginning of their name, and their scalyness.”
Jen holds down the fort at the Church Development office. She manages all of the operations, logistics and events of Light up the City. Jen is passionate about engaging congregations in Foster Care and developing thriving School Partnerships. One goal for the coming years is to identify a church partner for every school in the region.
Born and raised in Portland, OR, Jen moved to Seattle in February of 2015. Jen has a degree in Public Health from Oregon State University and a Master’s degree in Teaching from Concordia University. After a brief stint teaching, Jen worked in camp ministry at Mt Hermon and Hume Lake Christian Camps in California. Jen spent the last 5 years as the Executive Director of Sunshine School, a non-profit preschool and after school program in Portland. Jen currently resides in West Seattle and is enjoying getting to know Seattle.
Church Development Partnership Specialist
Jason is the newest member of the LUTC team. His role in the LUTC network is to convene pastors and leaders in the Central District, Capitol Hill and University District around Spirit-filled prayer and hopes the Lord will make clear how to serve those three neighborhoods.
His wife Foxy and three children live, work and serve in the Central District neighborhood near downtown. He and his wife are former Seattle Public Schools teachers, and have become small business owners in the neighborhood in hopes of providing a positive place for community and job training for youth in the area. He also served as a pastor/church planter in the Central District from 2009 to 2015.
If he could play a part in a movie, he’d play Denzel Washington in Training Day, (a PG-13 version, of course!). “Are you a sheep, or are you a wolf?” I’d love to play the bad guy.