Sand Point Community United Methodist Church |  Staff

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Reverend Tom Peterson | Pastor |

Pastor Tom Peterson was appointed to serve Sand Point Community UMC starting on July 1, 2019. He comes to us from Centralia First UMC. He is married to Missy and they have two sons, Matt and Jake, who both live in the Seattle area.

Pastor Tom comes with 30 years of experience. He served as the associate pastor of children and youth ministries at Wesley UMC in Yakima, WA. for five years. He was then appointed to Grace UMC in Walla Walla where he served as the pastor for 11 years. He was then appointed to Centralia First UMC where he has served for the past 14 years before being appointed to Sand Point Community.

Pastor Tom believes in radical inclusivity and extravagant hospitality. Ha has championed everyone’s right to fully participate in the life and work of the United Methodist Church. He brings these passions with him as he joins our church family.

Besides spending time with his family, Tom’s interests include racquetball and bicycling. Tom and Missy have made their home in the Shoreline area and are very excited to be a part of Sand Point Community UMC.

Open Position | Director of Music |

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 | Church Administrator | |(206) 523-3040

img_9490Nicole 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 10-year olds in Seattle Public Schools, and she has a wonderful step-son who just moved back home and works for Microsoft. 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 |

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.

Find out more about Sarah’s ministry on the following links for Little One’s, Sand Point Kids, and Sand Point Youth.