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Pastor Michael Anderson  ext. 210

Pastor Mike grew up in Minnesota, attended Gustavus Adolphus College and Luther Seminary, and has served his entire career in the Pacific Northwest. He is married to Patty Anderson, a registered nurse; they have one daughter, Sara, a recent graduate of California Lutheran University. Pastor Mike has a special interest in Biblical study and inclusive theology. For his entire career he has taught a two-year Bible survey course which covers every Biblical book. A history buff, Pastor Mike loves to read, travel, go to museums, and learn new things. He is a runner, a hacker at golf, and someone who enjoys a good dinner party.

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Pastor Katy McCallum Sachse  ext. 211

Pastor Katy McCallum Sachse has been at Holy Spirit since 2008. Her first call was as Pastor at Trinity Lutheran in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. She’s a proud graduate of PLU (go Lutes!) and Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. Her husband, Brian, is a middle school teacher and they have an elementary school-aged daughter. She enjoys reading, listening to podcasts, music, coffee, and the occasional knitting project.

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Pastor Mary-Alyce Burleigh

ASsociate Pastor

PastorMaryAlyce | ext. 212

Pastor Mary-Alyce Burleigh grew up in Sumner, Washington, and attended Washington State University and Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary. Following a career as a Redmond High School history teacher, she was elected to the Kirkland City Council, serving one term as mayor and now has been called to serve at Holy Spirit Lutheran Church. She loves to read, especially non-fiction and mysteries, kayak on Puget Sound, and cross-country ski. She also enjoys opportunities to join her 2 brothers and sister in family gatherings, and taking her terrier Barny on walks through the woods.


Pastor Rita Anderson

ASsociate Pastor | ext. 213

Pastor Rita is a native Washingtonian. She graduated from Pacific Lutheran University and Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg. After serving as Associate Pastor at Saint Andrews Lutheran Church in Bellevue, she and her husband, Steve, moved to Gig Harbor, Washington where her primary ministry was pastoral care in the hospital setting. After moving to Kirkland, she and her husband joined Holy Spirit. Shortly thereafter in April of 2015 she was installed as Associate Pastor at Holy Spirit where her primary call is helping with word, sacrament, and small group ministry. Pastor Rita is an artist who loves to paint and draw. She loves being innovative and creative in her art and her ministry.

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Marjorie Buchanan

Parish administrator | ext. 202

Marjorie Buchanan joined the staff at Holy Spirit in 2012. She describes her role as Parish Administrator as a wonderful opportunity to combine many of her past work experiences—small business administration, bookkeeping, medical billing, and human resource research. She is a graduate of the University of Oregon and has lived in Seattle since 1991. Marjorie and her husband Scott have two children, Alan and Meghan. She loves to quilt, read, and spend time with friends.

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Danielle Dadashi

Director of High School and Online Ministries | ext. 223

Danielle Dadashi began working as the Director of High School Ministries in 2010. She loves traveling, reading, and telling jokes that make teenagers roll their eyes. She feels called to create a loving, safe, and welcoming faith community where teenagers can form relationships with each other and God. Danielle also manages the online ministries at Holy Spirit, including this website!


Becky Cole

Director of Children and Family Ministries | ext. 224

Becky Cole grew up in a small town in Minnesota, before moving to Washington in 1996, and joining the staff as Children's Ministry Director in 2007. She has an MBA, and a Certificate of Professional Studies in Children, Youth and Family Ministries. Becky is active in the Children, Youth and Family Committee in our synod, and is on the Board for the ELCA Youth Ministry Network where she works to envision a future for Children, Youth, and Family professionals. Becky and her husband, Christopher, have two sons. They enjoy spending time together camping, going to soccer games, and traveling. She especially feels called to include every child, teach the grace of Jesus Christ, and live life as God called.

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Tammie Zarfos

Director of Confirmation | ext. 226

Tammie Zarfos has been involved in Youth Ministry for over 30 years. She was commissioned as a Deacon in the ELCA in 2007 and was called to Holy Spirit that same year to work with the kids in the Confirmation Program. Tammie is committed to helping youth discover the awesomeness of God in their lives and she continues to learn from them much more than she teaches. In her free time, you can find her in her sewing room quilting or in the kitchen trying out a new recipe. She and her husband, Todd have two grown children (Josh and Nicole), a daughter-in-law (Corrine) and a Jack Russell Terrier named Peanut.

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John Sparkman

Director of Music | ext. 240

John came to Holy Spirit in 2010 after serving congregations in Indiana and his home state of North Carolina. Long having a sense of calling to music ministry, John began playing for worship services while in Junior High and, later on, studied at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and, later still, Trinity Lutheran Seminary. John finds great joy and personal fulfillment in facilitating the multifaceted, multigenerational music ministry with the wildly gifted Holy Spirit community. When not at HSLC, John has taught and musically directed with Village Theatre KIDSTAGE and served as staff accompanist for several Seattle area choruses. When not being musical, personal passions include staying active, a frequent yoga practice, reading, and Starbucksing.

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Sean Bendickson

Office Administrator | ext. 201

Sean Bendickson is a born-and-raised Lutheran. Growing up in Montana, he was heavily involved in his home church's music ministry and the Montana Lutheran Youth Organization. After graduating from Pacific Lutheran University in 2003 with an English/Writing degree, he moved to Seattle to pursue his love of music. He has taught at Trinity Lutheran College and led music at synod-wide events around the Pacific Northwest. He now lives with his wife, son and step-daughter in Mount Vernon and leads the worship team at Burlington Lutheran Church in Everett every Sunday morning.

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Patti Peterson

Custodian/wedding assistant | ext. 242

Patti Peterson has been custodian at HSLC for 27 years. When she isn’t cleaning at church she enjoys gardening, watching the Sounders, cheering on the Seahawks, and being a new Grandma. Patti and her husband, John, live in Kirkland.