Andreas Beccai serves as the pastor at Volunteer Park Church, and Public Campus Chaplain, at the University of Washington for the Seattle Adventist Student Association.
Growing up in Reading, England; a melting pot of multi-ethnic, multi-cultural and socio-economic diversity was incredibly formative for him, positively informing his interactions with people today in urban Seattle. He holds a BA Law & Business from Keele University, and a Master’s of Divinity from the Theological Seminary at Andrews University.
Since moving to the Pacific Northwest, He has learned to love snowboarding, rock climbing and softball. Andreas loves living in Seattle with his beautiful wife Cassandre, and daughter Eden.
Ryan Gratias is Seattle native, with his stomping grounds specifically in Auburn. He is a graduate of Walla Walla University, and now lives in Issaquah. Ryan used to be a mechanical engineer, but is now pursing his MBA at the University of Washington and will work in management consulting after he graduates. The spirit of adventure thrives in Ryan, and fittingly as a Seattle native, it is in the outdoors where he finds the most joy! He enjoys various outdoor recreational sports including skiing, mountaineering, biking, and dirt biking. When indoors, Ryan loves spirited rounds of the game Catch Phrase, so claim him for your team should the opportunity arise.
Carmen has spent her entire life in the Pacific NorthWest, growing up in the South Seattle area with her family. She has worked in Public Defense for over seven years, specializing in management and administration. Carmen is practiced in the discipline of intercessory prayer, and has many stories of the providence of God in her life, and the lives of others who she has prayed for.
Carmen is the treasurer at Volunteer Park Church, she looks forward to the opportunity to serve in such a vital role. She loves hiking and playing volleyball. She also enjoys preaching and writing sermons.
Nohelani was born in Greenwood, California in the beautiful Sierra Nevada Foothills. She moved with her family to the Seattle area, in the pursuit of her passion as a sign language interpreter. As a certified sign language interpreter, she currently works for Sorenson Video Relay service, and freelances for various types of appointments. Nohe is the Deaf Ministry Coordinator, Interpreter and Deaf Advocate here at Volunteer Park. She is a jewel in the Volunteer Park Church community.
Nohe is married to Brian, and they have three wonderful kids. She enjoys photography, music, reading, hiking, backpacking, and being outdoors.
Jeanette grew up South Dakota, Texas and Seattle. Her family moved to Seattle in the summer of 1966, and she attended Garfield High School for her senior year. She has been in Seattle ever since. In her time in Seattle Jeanette has worked as records manager for a Seattle law firm, and currently in Elder Care-giver. During her 50 years at Volunteer Park Church, she has served in almost every available position. From sabbath school teacher, elder, and currently as Head Deaconess.
Jeanette's passions are reading and knitting, and spending time with her family: three adult grandchildren in Idaho, and three young grandchildren in California.
Jason was born and raised in Albequerque, NM. He is a graduate of Walla Walla University and moved to Seattle to join Microsoft as a mechanical engineer.
Jason enjoys outdoor recreation, getting their exercise, and traveling. Jason and his wife Kari have been checking National Parks off of their travel list, and hope to add Europe soon too. Jason is excited to serve at Volunteer Park as Head Deacon.
Jason is also an avid photographer, and recently added a Digi Phantom to his gear.
Judie was born in Dallas, Texas, before moving to College Place, Washington, and eventually settling in Seattle in 1984. She is happily retired after 25 years of working for various agencies of the government. Judie spent time working as the administrative assistant to the Director of the VA Medical Center in Walla Walla, before transferring to Seattle, where she worked as the administrative assistant to the Director of the IRS.
Judie has served faithfully as the church clerk at Volunteer Park Church since 2003. She is married, with three daughters, four granddaughters, and nine great grandchildren. She enjoys quilting, scrapbooking, and various crafty projects.
Ed was born & raised in California. He moved to Seattle in 2009 and has since made it his home. Ed is a consultant, and a mechanical engineer by training. As the building manager for the past few years Ed has been a boon for the Volunteer Park Church. He always goes beyond the call of duty in the upkeep and preservation and improvement of the building.
In his spare time, Ed loves to tinker in his workshop, creating works in wood & steel fabrication.
Kelly was born in Thousand Oaks, CA but was raised in Sammamish, WA
She attended the University of Washington, Seattle completing a degree in physiology degree. It was there that Kelly found a passion for campus ministries. Since then she has been passionately engaged in helping create communities of warmth for students attending school.
Kelly counts it a blessing to work at Overlake Hospital in Bellevue, as a surgical technician. She so appreciates her colleagues and looks forward to making a difference in the life of patients every day.
Kelly enjoys road cycling, and long walks on the beach -- really, and cupcakes, lots of cupcakes.
Jasilyn grew up as a Navy child living in South Bend, IN, Southeastern Pennsylvania, and Toledo, OH. She moved to Seattle at the request of her baby brother in 2015. She works in human resources at Kenworth Truck Company. Jasilyn grew up in a family committed to musical service, and now leads the Volunteer Park Church worship committee. For fun she likes to bake, and is an active member of Breathe University.
Ben Blood is a native to Seattle and has lived in the Puget Sound region all of his life. He is an award-winning photographer who specializes in modern wedding photography and business and cultural editorial photography. His church ministry focuses on various areas of technology and media. In his spare time, Ben can be found working on his Datsun 510, exploring the PNW, or creating ambient electronica. Ben and his new wife Kalie live in Tacoma with their cat William Shakespurr.