Reverend Nico Romeijn-Stout | Pastor | email@example.com
Pastor Nico was appointed to Seattle to serve with Sand Point Community UMC starting July 1, 2018. He comes to Seattle after serving in Anchorage, AK as Pastor of Discipleship and Justice at St. John UMC.
While in Anchorage Pastor Nico developed a variety of community relationships with nonprofit partners and advocacy organizations in order to connect church volunteers with opportunities to live their faith through acts of justice and mercy. He is particularly engaged in issues of equitable housing, food justice, and civil rights for all people.
Prior to living and serving in Anchorage Pastor Nico served at Marsh Chapel at Boston University working with college students, many years in camping and retreat ministries, and worked briefly at the United Methodist Church and Society agency in Washington DC.
Pastor Nico received his Masters of Divinity degree from Boston University School of Theology with an emphasis in Global and Community Engagement. He also holds a graduate certificate from the Boston Theological Institute in Religion and Conflict Transformation, as well as a B.A. from the University of Puget Sound in Religion and International Political Economy.
Nico is an active outdoor enthusiast: he hikes, climbs, runs, skis, and kayaks, often accompanied by his dog Calvin (who you may meet around the church!). He cooks as well, his mac and cheese is famous on three continents. Nico also loves building things. He is currently finishing up a kit-build kayak before moving on to restoring some furniture for his apartment.
Leslie Martin | Director of Music | firstname.lastname@example.org
Leslie Martin, our Director of Music, has an extensive background in music performance and teaching. He is known as an outstanding organist and choirmaster and has served churches in Oregon, Texas, Connecticut and Washington. Locally, his choirs have presented major sacred works for choir and orchestra, collaborating on numerous occasions with musical organizations such as the Northwest Boychoir, and Philharmonia Northwest. Choirs under his direction have also toured and performed in distinguished places, such as the Washington National Cathedral. Les is a member of the music faculty at Seattle Pacific University where he teaches organ, harpsichord and piano. He is also a faculty member of the Suzuki Academy at Music Center of the Northwest and, additionally, maintains a private teaching studio. Active as an organ recitalist and harpsichordist in the U. S and Europe, he also performs locally with organizations such as the Seattle Opera Orchestra, and the Seattle Symphony Orchestra.
Find out more about Les’ ministry on the Music page.
Yvonne Hoar | Organist
Idaho native, Yvonne Hoar is a versatile performer and accompanist on both organ and piano. Her extensive solo and accompanying work have included performances in the Northwest/Northeast USA and Italy. She holds music and teaching degrees from the University of Idaho and performance certifications from Italy. She has been on the faculty of Music Center of the Northwest since 2001.
Yvonne served as the organist at Sand Point from 2001-2004, and again joined our Ministry Team in the fall of 2011.
Nicole Denny | Office Manager | email@example.com |(206) 523-3040
Nicole was born and raised in NE Seattle, and she loves Seattle and the PNW! Her husband works for the United States Navy, they have twin 9-year olds in Seattle Public Schools, and she has a wonderful step-son who currently lives in San Jose, working at his first post-college job. In their spare time, the family loves to garden, cook, read, play soccer, engage with the local art and theatre scene, and spend time with extended family. Nicole is also a Pilates instructor, and a board member on her kids’ PTA and on the LVR Soccer Club.
Sarah Ritchey | Director of Children, Youth, and Family Ministries | firstname.lastname@example.org
Sarah Ritchey leads Sand Point Community United Methodist Church’s Children, Youth, and Family ministries program. Sarah began attending Sand Point Community in January 2011 and became a member of the congregation in June 2012. Sarah has a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts and a master’s degree in Art Education. Before coming to Sand Point Community, Sarah developed and instructed curriculum as a Master Art Instructor at the Toledo Museum of Art teaching a wide range of age groups from infants to adults. Sarah also taught introductory art and graphic design to the high school students at Saint Ursula Academy in Sylvania, Ohio.
Sarah is an artist, working specifically creating papercut artworks. She loves exploring Seattle: visiting museums and parks, walking trails and wandering through farmer’s markets, meeting new people and learning all about the places in the Pacific Northwest.