Our Staff

Pastor Peter Chin, Lead Pastor

Staff/Pastoral Team

Pastor Peter comes to RAC from Washington D.C. where he was most recently Interim Pastor at Peace Fellowship.  Peter has been a church planter, college pastor and worship pastor.  Peter is married to Carol and they are the parents of five children. 

Pastor Mark Nsimbi, Connections Pastor

Staff/Pastoral Team

Pastor Mark coordinates small groups and welcomes newcomers. He has served at Rainier Avenue Church in a variety of roles, including children’s ministry, worship team, and a pastoral internship as part of his ministry degree from Fuller Seminary. Pastor Mark is now in a full-time role, starting July 2015.

Pam Smith, Interim Family Ministries Director

Staff

Pam leads ministry to children and their families and leads the Family Ministries team. Pam and her husband, Dee, have been part of Rainier Avenue Church since 2012 and have been involved in elementary ministry and outreach the whole time. Pam stepped into the interim family ministries role in summer 2015, and the role is now extended through June 2016.

Gar Nishioka, Family Director

Rainier Avenue Church's Urban Impact

Gar joined the Rainier Avenue Church team as an Urban Impact staff member in September 2012. Gar leads programs with children and youth as part of Rainier Avenue Church’s Urban Impact.

Pastor Anna Kalepo

Pastoral Team

Pastor Anna has served Rainier Avenue Church in a variety of capacities — as executive director of Northwest Urban Ministries, worship leader, and pastoral team member. She has been a volunteer member of the pastoral team as she raises her two children, but is now on a leave of absence. She and her family continue to be part of the church during this time but she is taking a break from pastoral responsibilities.

Heather Otieno, Administrator

Office Staff

Heather manages the infrastructure that helps keep the church running smoothly. She and her husband, Patrick, have been part of Rainier Avenue Church since around 2009.

Ron Venters, Janitor/Custodian

Office Staff

Ron prepares the church building for worship on Sundays and throughout the week. We are blessed to have him join our team!

Roxi Tsai, Worship Producer

Staff

Darlene Ndirangu, Bookkeeper

Staff

Martin Saunders, Education Initiatives Coordinator

Rainier Avenue Church's Urban Impact

Martin is our new Education Initiatives Coordinator, hired by Urban Impact and working through Rainier Avenue Church. He will lead Freedom Schools this summer and develop our school-year education partnerships. Martin is a Seattle Pacific Seminary student and he and his wife Karina have been part of our church for the past year.