Pastor Peter Iwankiw was born in Brazil and raised in Chicago. He eventually met his wife Eileen in the city, and they later relocated to Michigan with their two children. Peter attended evangelism school and completed a religious studies degree from Andrews University. He's been in ministry professionally for almost ten years - both as a bible worker and as a pastor. Having grown up in the church, he understands that too often church can be tailored to meet the needs of those inside, at the expense of those outside. Peter is passionate about community involvement and creating an atmosphere within the church where anyone can feel as if they’ve come home. He enjoys sports, board games, woodworking, and exploring the PNW with his family.
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.
Kelly was born in Thousand Oaks, CA but was raised in Sammamish, WA.
She attended the University of Washington, Seattle completing a degree in Biology/Physiology. 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 university.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jennifer was born in Houston but spent most of her life in sunny Los Angeles. After getting married in 2015, she relocated with her husband to Seattle. She works closely with veterans as a geriatric ambulatory care pharmacist at the VA. Her passion for service led her to VPC and she now leads the community services department which gives members the opportunity to connect with their community through various service projects. Outside of work, Jennifer is an avid aerialist, hiker, traveler and ginger beer brewer.
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 music. In his spare time, Ben can be found working on his Datsun 510, exploring the PNW, or making experimental music with synths and guitars. Ben and his wife Kalie live in Tacoma with their cat William Shakespurr.