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Rev. Ivar Hillesland, M.Div.

Rev. Ivar Hillesland, M.Div.

PASTOR

Ivar Hillesland was born the youngest of five children in the glamorous municipality of Pasco, WA. He studied music and religion at Pacific Lutheran University and after graduation took a job as a worship director and youth leader at Mt. Olive Lutheran in Santa Monica. After five year of sunshine, three pastor colleagues, and one typical L.A. rock band attempt later, Ivar went to seminary at Yale Divinity School for his MDiv degree and Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, CA for a Certificate in Advanced Theological Studies. After an internship at Grace Lutheran in Palo Alto, he came home to Church of the Apostles in June 2012. Ivar is deeply involved with both the Lutherans and Episcopalians of the NW and is devoted to furthering their communion with one another. He teaches with the Diocesan College for Congregational Development and leads music at St. Luke’s Episcopal in Ballard. He sees Church of the Apostles as a vital voice in the church for creative expression, communal engagement, and the intersection of our ancient relationship to God with our current/future culture.

Following in his mother’s footsteps, Ivar also teaches as a certified early childhood music instructor with his Stomping Ground Music Together program and helped co-found the new Coda School of Music. He also gets to teach music to around 150 preschoolers a week at Phinney Ridge Child Development Center and Small Faces Preschool.

Ivar is married to Targhee Haveman, who manages the Anthropologie store downtown. They have two children, Olyver (5) and Odin (2) with a third son on the way.  Interests include: sarcasm, irony, money and power.

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Lacey Brown, M.M.

Lacey Brown, M.M.

MUSIC DIRECTOR

Lacey Brown is a percussionist, singer/songwriter, teacher, and worship leader from Seattle, WA. She holds a B.A. and a M.M. in Percussion Studies and enjoys performing and teaching an array of instruments and styles of music. When she’s not playing the drums, you can find her plucking away at her guitar, singing, recording, and songwriting.

Lacey currently works as Music Director at Church of the Apostles, where she has the joy of designing worship with the community, directing the music as well as writing and recording original music and re-imagined ancient chant and hymns for worship.

She is also the Founding Director of the Coda School of Music, a non-profit music school that seeks to provide an affordable and nurturing environment for teachers and students.

Born and raised in Washington state, Lacey is passionate about the Northwest and loves spending time in nature whenever she can.

Lacey’s music can be found at laceybrown.com & poorclaremusic.com

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Susan Harper

Susan Harper

CONGREGATIONAL SPIRITUAL DIRECTOR

Susan Harper was born in Seattle, graduated from Roosevelt High School, Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, received a masters degree in clinical social work from Smith College and a masters in theological studies from Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis. Her thesis was titled ” From Chaos to Transformation: A Biblical Study of the Transformation Process”. She also completed a 2 year program in spiritual direction at the Benedictine Center in Indiana and studied to become a Master Reiki practitioner.

She was always active in the church, both Methodist and then Episcopal holding many positions of leadership, including chair of the Church and Community Project (similar to the Living Local Missional project). Susan was asked to start a spiritual life committee for the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis, which she then chaired for a number of years.

Susan has 3 children and 3 grandchildren, is a competitive rower and had the recent honor of being invited to compete on Opening Day in Seattle.

She currently is in private practice as a life and organizational coach and spiritual director. She serves as a congregational consultant for the Diocese of Olympia and a coach for the Lutheran Synod. She is the Resident Spiritual Director for Church of the Apostles in Fremont.

Susan is called to serve and to soar, on land and water which brings her great joy as does her family and friends. One of her totems is the eagle as she loves to fly on eagle wings.

 

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April C. Caballero

April C. Caballero

MINISTRY COORDINATOR

April is a young adult with a passion for curating relevant and meaningful experiences of Christ through liturgy and creative expression. She has served in various volunteer and staff capacities at Church of the Apostles since August 2009.

Currently, April’s role is to attempt to organize the life of the community by coordinating volunteers, relaying information, curation of weekly liturgy, as well as by paying bills, record keeping, and paper-working.

April is inspired by every aspect of life in the Pacific Northwest, as well as by her feline companions, Josie and Junior.

A sample of April’s writings can be found at aprilccaballero.com/blog.

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Alexander Mrakovich

Alexander Mrakovich

MASTER OF DIVINITY INTERN

Alex is currently a third year divinity student at the Seattle School of Theology and Psychology. He and his wife, Stephanie, and originally hail from Chicago where they first met. After several years wandering around the Midwest they finally decided to make the trek out to the Pacific Northwest and don’t plan on leaving anytime soon. While in some ways Alex sees himself as a reluctant divinity student, he is continually haunted by the the never-ending questions of who is God, who is my neighbor, and what does human flourishing actually look like. Some of his primary interests are the use or ritual, the tactile, the arts, and space itself to form a community of love, participation, advocacy, and hope around the table. Alex is grateful for the work that is being cultivated at Church of the Apostles and is honored to sit at the table and grow in insight, imagination, and creativity.

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