Pastor Sara Yoos grew up in Minnesota. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Theology from Boston College in 2010. She is a 2015 seminary graduate from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. Using her theatrical training she wrote and directed musicals for the seminary community, and she sometimes uses drama in her preaching. In 2013 she received her seminary’s award for excellence in preaching. Sara values empowering congregational members for ministry, and she takes time to listen to unheard voices and to advocate for them. Beyond her seminary training, she spent an additional year in a pastoral care residency program at a hospital in Fort Worth, Texas. Email Pastor Sara
Pastor Drew Yoos was raised in South Carolina. In 2009 Drew completed his Bachelor of Arts in History at Furman University in Greenville, SC. From 2009-2012 he served as the Director of Youth Ministry and Congregational Discipleship at Christus Victor Lutheran Church in Columbia, SC. Drew graduated from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago in May of 2016, where he also received the seminary’s award for excellence in preaching. Drew has experience creating worship services that reach out to and engage adults in innovative ways, including creating a new worshiping community in Chicago that has since developed into a mission start. Drew enjoys playing his guitar, teaching both youth and adults, and using creative approaches to Bible studies. Pastor Drew is passionate about racial justice, and in his spare time enjoys writing about it! Read his article in the Seattle Times and listen to his KUOW interview. Email Pastor Drew
Pastors Drew and Sara Yoos joined Light of the Cross in the spring of 2016.
While serving as pastors for Light of the Cross, they are also doing outreach work in the North Creek community as part of a parallel new start process.
Read more about this project and visit the website to interact with this new expression of church.
Leslie Hoots is our office administrator. Her office hours are Tuesday-Thursday from 9:30am-1:30pm.
Peace Phan (musician) grew up in Renton, WA as a Vietnamese-American and native of the Pacific Northwest. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Religious Studies from Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA in 2009 (GO ZAGS!!!!). In 2016, Peace received his Master of Arts in Education from the College of Education at Antioch University (Seattle, WA). Peace is a member of Religious Studies/Theological honors society, Theta Alpha Kappa, and has published works on the Catholic Sacraments, social justice, equity and diversity of church and education and teaching the Socratic Method as a tool for intellectual discernment and inquiry. Professionally, Peace has served as a Roman Catholic seminarian, liturgist, piano accompanist, youth minister, middle school and high school theology teacher and is currently teaching in the Special Education Department at Mariner High School (Everett, WA). Peace’s greatest joy is to learn from his students and being able to provide his students the “aha!” moments during the very long academic school year……
Peace’s musical background includes over 20 years of experiences in classical piano performances, choral accompaniment and teaching private piano lessons. He works hard at collaboration and is always eager to learn new styles of music for the sake of enhancing worship. Peace truly believes that songs being sung and offer to God is a powerful and spiritual form of prayer. Peace admires the success of empowering the people of God to use their musical abilities and gifts to make holy the liturgical experiences of what it means to be one Church.
Peace is very excited and humbled to serve as the accompanist for Light of the Cross and is looking to building Christ-like relationships with this wonderful and loving community.