Rev. Rebecca Joy Sumner, Pastor
Pastor Rebecca is a Northwest native, known for her artistic approach to worship, her skill in spiritual direction and her longstanding work in neighboring wherever she finds herself.
Rebecca has served a broader, ecumenical church through leading, consulting, directing and volunteering with a wide variety of faith based organizations and ministries throughout her career, including several local and national Quaker ministries, the neighborhood based Parish Collective, the justice based artistic programs of Wild Goose West, and seeding several emergent and new church starts, including Our Common Table in Everett, where she and her partner Luke (who is also a pastor) continue to serve part time.
Rebecca holds a Master of Divinity from the Seattle School of Theology and Psychology, as well as a Master of Arts in Religion from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and is an Ordained Minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
Rebecca loves taking long walks in our neighborhood, treating the sidewalks as her labyrinth as she listens for the voice of God in her neighbors and on the street corners. She looks to see God in the exquisite beauty of the everyday, and find ways to be playful, even in the hard work of justice seeking. Currently, Rebecca’s greatest passions are: walking with people as we imagine what church can look like in the 21st century, connecting with those that are disconnected from or have previously been wounded by church, and spending time with her spunky, smiley toddler, Liv, as she learns the world.
Katy Lloyd, Youth Minister
Rev. Katy received her MDiv from Boston University in 1995, was ordained in the United Church of Christ, and served Alki UCC here in Seattle from 1996-2000. Once she had her daughter Bailey, however, she felt her call change, and has been privileged to be a stay-at-home Mom ever since. What she learned along the way, though, is that a call to ministry is still a call to ministry, whether or not you’re pastor of a church. It has been her joy to teach Sunday School and now Youth Group at Welcome Table for the past 8 years. She feels passionately about the future of the church, keeping it real and relevant, and equipping young people with the tools of faith—story, song, prayer, community, wonder, and creativity (to name a few)--that have helped and sustained her throughout her life.
Reid Wolch, Accompanist
Reid Welch is an accomplished pianist from Tacoma, WA. As a student at Stadium High School he has accompanied numerous student soloists, as well as the Stadium High School Choir. He has participated in several WMEA competitions and consistently received superior ratings, and therefore brings considerable talent and passion to our music program. Reid's hobbies include reading beside a fire and roasting marshmallows, enjoying nature, and just hanging out with good friends. If you want to cook him his favorite dish you might try the Mediterranean route; he loves gyros and spaghetti.
Louise Petrasek, Office Assistant
Louise Petrasek served as a Catholic school teacher and administrator during her 29 years as a School Sister of Notre Dame. She joined Findlay St/WelcomeTable in 1986. Here she served as elder, deacon and a variety of Board positions. Along the way she worked in real estate, the Washington State HIV/Aids Department and the Department of Corrections as a probation officer. Her ministry now is devoted to retirement: rejoicing to be married to Liz after 28 years, creating a garden, making music, dancing and volunteering in the community.