Meet Our Staff

Rev. Jimmy McPherson

Sr. Pastor/Head of Staff

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Many years ago I was captured by the message that God loves you and me, has demonstrated that love by taking action on our behalf, and frees us to be fully alive. As a grateful recipient of God’s grace, you and I are transformed and renewed to live loving and grace-filled lives.

An ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), I served as Associate Pastor for a congregation in Connecticut. Before ordination, I worked as a youth worker for two different congregations in the Seattle area, and served as a regular guest lecturer and adjunct faculty for a local university.

A graduate of Northwest University (B.A. Biblical Literature, 1997) and Western Seminary (M.Div, 2011), I also studied at Mars Hill Graduate School (now The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology) from 2000-2002.

Jonathan (Jon) Saur

Associate Pastor for Children, Youth and Families

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Jonathan Saur was raised in Mission Viejo, CA. He graduated from Westmont College in 2006 with a B.A. in Communication Studies and from Fuller Seminary with a M. Div. in 2015. Before going to seminary, Jonathan worked as a congressional staffer for Congresswoman Lois Capps. During seminary, Jonathan worked full-time as the Director of Youth Ministries at Presbyterian Church of the Master in Mission Viejo, CA.

Jonathan is an avid Lakers fan. He enjoys reading Biblical studies, theology, history, and literature of various genres. He has a strong passion for the proclamation of the Word of God, being a part of the life of a congregation, and educating the people of God for the mission of God.

Rachel Morris

Director of Worship, Music and the Arts

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Rachel was raised in Hobart, WA. She graduated from Whitworth University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music (Ministry Emphasis) and is currently pursuing her Master of Divinity at Fuller Seminary. Before coming to John Knox, she served on staff at Maple Valley Presbyterian Church in Maple Valley, WA and Knox Presbyterian Church in Spokane, WA. She has also worked as a choral accompanist and private voice and piano teacher throughout the Greater Seattle area.

In addition to music and the arts, Rachel is passionate about walking alongside others as they discover who God has created them to be and the unique ways they have been equipped to serve in the world. She is also passionate about encouraging and developing the next generation of leaders.

Rachel is grateful to live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest where she can enjoy hiking, cheering on the Sounders, drinking good coffee, as well as reading on rainy days or being outside on our perfect sunny days (when we get them).

Kristine Jung

Director of the John Knox Community Preschool

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Kristine graduated from Western Washington University with a degree in Education and a teaching certificate.  She taught for 6 years with the Tukwila School District and during that time earned her Master’s Degree from Lesley University with a focus on Creative Arts integration.

Kristine has been a member of John Knox for over a decade and has served John Knox families in many roles including that of Nursery Director, Sunday School and JAM teacher, VBS volunteer, small group leader, and Elder.  Kristine and her husband, David, have 3 energetic, enthusiastic, and sometimes exhausting children who have been part of all of these programs as well, so she brings not only the experience of teaching but also that of a parent.  She is very excited to partner with you in this ministry.

Hollie Robins-Jennings

Director of Operations

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Hollie is a Washington State native, born and raised in East Wenatchee. She attended Wenatchee Valley College and Eastmont High School concurrently, leading to graduation from both in 1998. After graduation, she joined the U.S. Navy serving onboard the USS Shoup. After her enlistment was up she spent a year and a half in Fairbanks, AK working government-civilian contract. Not being a fan of Fairbanks cold weather, she relocated to Seattle in 2006 where she met her future husband Tim the same year. She has developed her career in management in nonprofit with multi unit management experience. She holds a degree in Business Management from Washington State University.

Hollie enjoys a variety of hobbies including cooking, sewing and gardening. She lives with her husband, kitty Loki and parakeet Lady in Tukwila, WA and is very excited to contribute to the John Knox family/community.

Linda Farnsworth

Interim JK Kids Coordinator

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Linda Farnsworth attended Mercer Island Presbyterian Church for 30 years where she was confirmed, baptized, married, and memorialized both parents there. She was a leader and teacher at West Seattle Christian Church for ten years before becoming involved at John Knox in 2013.  She has managed programs including; a babysitting co-op, Vacation Bible Camp, Date Night with a Purpose, and Mom’s LIFE Bible Study. She loves ushering a John Knox with her children!

Linda has also been involved with the PTA for over ten years and served in many roles including executive positions, family and community engagement, Indigenous acknowledgement, inclusion and senior scholarships.

She graduated WWU in 1995 with a BA in Finance, Marketing and Decision Sciences.

She is an avid Christ-follower, happily married to Mike, Mother to Angela, Harrison, Savanna & Haley.  They lived in West Seattle for ten years and have been in Burien for ten years.

Melody Fuchigami

Assistant Preschool Director

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Hi, I am Melody Fuchigami.  I was born and raised in Normandy Park, spent 20+ years in California where I married my husband Mike and had my three daughters; Chanel, Calli and Hannah.  Asking Jesus into my heart at the age of five during a neighbor’s VBS started my lifelong relationship with Christ.

My degrees are in general studies and transportation, which have led me on a varied career path.  That diverse path equipped me to wear many hats at JKPC, from Sunday school teacher, CFM coordinator, even a couple of stints as Interim Preschool Director.  I started with the Preschool in the summer of 2002, and as the Preschool has grown, so has my involvement.  It is so exciting to see students we had at four years old now teenagers; volunteering at VBS and going on mission trips!

 

Suzy Lindeke

Executive Assistant / Office Manager

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Suzy VanHout Lindeke has served as Executive Assistant/Office Manager of John Knox since August 2000. Before arriving at JK, she served her home congregation, Resurrection Lutheran (RLC), for 11 1/2 years beginning as the Church Secretary and later serving as Assimilation Coordinator. She and her husband, Dale, also served as worship leaders for 30+ years and continue to be active in church leadership at RLC.

Suzy was born in Jakarta, Indonesia where she lived for a year and a half. Being an “INDO” (Dutch/Indonesian), her family moved to the Netherlands for a time. Several years later, the family immigrated to America. They were sponsored by a Presbyterian church and landed in Corvallis, Oregon. Her dad was offered a position in the Seattle area and the family moved once again settling in Des Moines.

Suzy and Dale have two adult children and three grand-daughters. They enjoy spending time with family/church family and teaching Ballroom and Latin Dancing and going out to local dances.

Marianne Lee

Bookkeeper

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Marianne has a degree from WWU and attended JKPC some years ago, before moving over to Marine View Presbyterian. She did bookkeeping work for several small non-profits and private clients before beginning at John Knox in 2008 as a contract bookkeeper.  She and her husband have a daughter and a son. She loves working with the staff and congregation at John Knox, and her children loved the JK Preschool when they attended there.