Meet Our Staff
A word about Pastor Linda Milks:
I was ordained in the NW WA Synod of the ELCA in 1995 and served a congregation in Shoreline. Then for 4 years I served as an interim pastor to many different congregations in pastoral transition. Then I was called to a congregation in Hoquiam where I served for 12 ½ years. Since then I have done various interim positions in the SW WA Synod of the ELCA.
Before the ministry I was a biomedical research scientist for 15 years in both NY and CA. I have my doctorate in Cell Biology. Then after my church in Hoquiam, I was the full time caregiver for about 2 years for my elderly mother until she moved into a nursing home and eventually died in 2018. During that time, I have done supply preaching as I am needed.
I am a Biblical teacher, an artist, a poet, a rapacious reader, a New Yorker by birth, a devout NY Yankee fan (sorry), a descendant of 1660s immigrants in Salem, MA, an American of Swedish, German & Scotts-Irish descent, a genealogy buff and most importantly a baptized, saved and loved Child of God of the Lutheran persuasion! Of the many other things I am, I leave you all to discover yourselves. But I am certainly glad God has now called me to be in ministry together with all of you during this time of transition.
Adult and Youth Choir Director
Laurie has been choir director and music minister with youth since the 1980’s. Laurie teaches music in the Puyallup school district. Laurie has two sons and is an open-mike poetry-slam master.
Zach just joined our team the Summer of 2019. Zach is a local music school teacher and we are thrilled to have him on board!
Jennie is a long time member and active mom in our congregational life. She is committed not only to the faith formation of our youth, but to ongoing community outreach to our local families. Jennie is a pre-school teacher with three children of her own. She has a huge heart and is an annual competitor in the Mud Run.