Sand Point Community United Methodist Church |  Staff

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Reverend Janelle Kurtz | Pastor |

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Janelle joined the Sand Point UMC community in July of 2015.  Janelle is a graduate of Candler School of Theology at Emory University where she earned her Master of Divinity Degree. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Child Development from the University of Akron. Prior to coming to the Sand Point community, Janelle served Brimfield Faith UMC in Brimfield, OH.

Janelle believes that relationship and community are fundamental to her call to ministry. As such, she hopes to lead in ministry that connects people to God, each other and the world. A key part of her ministry lies in supporting others to hear and respond to their own calls to minister for Christ in the world. She most enjoys hearing stories of how God is at work transforming people’s lives and conversations that wrestle with our questions about faith.

Janelle and her husband, Kevin, are glad to join the Sand Point community and look forward to journeying together with you in God’s call.



Leslie Martin | Director of Music |

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 | |(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 8-year olds in Seattle Public Schools, and she has a wonderful step-son who recently moved to San Jose for his first post-college job. In their spare time, the family loves to garden, cook, read, play soccer, and spend time with our extended family. Nicole is also a Pilates instructor, a PTA President, and a girls’ soccer coach in the LVR house league.





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.