The Rev. Ivar Hillesland, M.Div.
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 three children, Olyver, Odin, and Orion. Interests include: sarcasm, irony, money and power.
Lacey Brown, M.M.
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.
Born and raised in Washington state, Lacey is passionate about the Northwest and loves spending time in nature whenever she can.
Erin Quarterman, MLIS
Erin Quarterman is a librarian equally passionate about working with people and creating organized systems. She has volunteered at COTA in various roles since December 2009 and utilizes that experience by organizing and coordinating COTA’s wonderful volunteers each week. She will also be working to organize, verify copyright, and archive services to support a new COTA Resource (currently in development).
In her free time, Erin plays accordion in the band, Star Called Sun. She also loves reading enjoys giving book recommendations.
The Rev. Maria Jimenez, M.Div.
Maria was born and raised in Spain where she earned a BA in Sociology at the Universidad Complutense in Madrid. She also has a Master in Divinity degree from New York Theological Seminary and has also studied Waldorf education. Maria was ordained a Deacon in the Episcopal Diocese of SE Florida in 1999 and worked as a Port Chaplain for over a decade in Florida and New York. When Maria moved to Seattle in 2006 she found a new beautiful environment and a vocation. Maria teaches at Fremont Community School, a Waldorf inspired preschool few blocks away from COTA. Maria has great respect for the COTA community, “a community that strives for authenticity and meaning. A place of conversation, exploration and where so much talent is freely shared” Maria loves to spend time and travel with her children Hugo,21 and Ana 20. She also loves nature, reading, pets and be with friends.
April C. Caballero
April has attended, volunteered, and worked for COTA in various capacities since 2008 when she moved to Seattle from Texas. Currently, April maintains COTA’s web and social media presence and sends out the occasional newsletter. April’s day job is Executive Assistant to the Bishop & to the Canon to the Ordinary of the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia.
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.
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.