Pastor Denise Roberts

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Pastor Denise Roberts

If you are unfamiliar with the United Methodist system, then you may not be aware that we are now in what is called the ‘appointment season’. This is the time of year (January through June) when clergy appointments are made.

The United Methodist Church uses an itinerant system to appoint its pastors to churches. In our ordination vows, pastors agree to serve where called and to abide by the discernment of the Bishop and the Cabinet.

This means that every June, a number of pastors across the Conference find themselves moving on to new places of ministry.

This year, I am one of those pastors on the move. I am thrilled that I have been appointed to serve St. Andrew’s, as well as the South Sound Co-op, and I am excited about all of us joining in ministry together.

Moving always brings with it a mixture of excitement and anxiety for both the new pastor and the receiving congregation, and my prayer is that the excitement will far exceed the anxiety.

I am thankful to Pastor Dirk and to your Church Council for their guidance, flexibility, and investment of time during this process. I look forward to getting settled in Lacey, and engaging in the busy life of the church and the community. I pray that my gifts will enhance the gifts already present in this church, and that together, we will generate even more enthusiasm, more outreach and continued momentum for the work ahead.

I look forward to meeting you all in July. Until then, may the peace of the Lord be with you. Pastor Denise

A Bit About Pastor Denise


Born in Baltimore, MD. One of eight children, four boys and four girls. Father was a laborer in a steel yard. Mother was a homemaker.

Graduated from Univ. of Notre Dame with a BS in Chemical Engineering.

Moved to the Pacific Northwest (Boise, ID) in 1988.

Graduated from George Washington Univ. with an MS in Chemical Engineering.

Graduated from National Technological University with an MS in Engineering Administration.

Graduated from Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary with an M.Div.

Prior to a career in the ministry, I worked 19 years for Hewlett Packard as an Engineering Manager, Procurement Manager, Design Manager, and Engineering Section Manager.

My Calling:

It was during my time at HP that God called me to the ministry. I had been involved in a variety of leadership positions in the church for many years when people started mentioning to me that I should consider leading a church. At the same time, I found myself acting as a chaplain to many of my colleagues in the workplace. After five years of acting like Jonah and ignoring this message about my true calling, I finally started listening to God, and praying about it. And here I am. I have never looked back. Why would I?

I consider it an honor, a privilege, and a joy, to be a pastor and to be invited into some of the most intimate spaces of a person’s life. I take my role as spiritual guide to the congregation very seriously. I love to preach and teach, and I especially love to apply the timeless truths of Scripture to our everyday 21st century lives.

When not engaging in church or community activities, I enjoy walking and playing with my two dogs, Maggie and Jiggs. I love to read, mostly theology, horror novels, and mysteries. I know the horror novels don’t quite fit, but, there you have it. I also am a rabid quilter, and it is rare that I meet a piece of fabric that I don’t like.

I also love awakening each day to see what new surprise God has in store for me.

Administrative Assistant

Kathy Bowen

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Lay Reader

Rich Green

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Rich Green is the current Lay Leader. Rich has been a member of St. Andrews for 35 years. He has been the Lay Leader for 20 of those 35 years. He also has been the lay delegate to the Pacific Northwest Annual Conference for the past 20 years. The Lay Leader is a liaison between the lay members of the church and the church administration. He also aids and supports the minister in the implementation of changes and the introduction of new innovations and ideas. The Lay Leader also sits as an ad hoc, non voting, member of all church committees. Aside from his duties as Lay Leader, Rich chairs the Endowment/Memorials Committee, chairs the St. Benedict's Community Dinner support committee (dinner once-a-month for homeless and special needs individuals), has preceded over several small group study sessions, plays in the hand-bell choir, has led the annual financial pledge drive for several years, and participates in numerous work groups around the church. He chaired the church's 50th anniversary celebration in 2009. Rich has been married to Jan for 54 years. They have 2 grown and married children: Kerry who is a Delta pilot and Shelli the wife of an Air Force pilot.

Education Director

Heidi Seldomridge

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Nursery Attendant & Custodian

Terri Tyler

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The Children's Worship and Activity Center will resume when we are able to meet again in person! 

Children's Worship and Activity Center

Childcare is available for children under 5 in the Nursery form 8:45am to 12:30pm on Sunday. After Children's Time in both 9am and 11 am Worship, Sunday school is available a for 5-10 year olds. Coloring books, Crayons and picture books are available at the rear of the Sanctuary.

Welcome to our Nursery Attendant - Terri Tyler has agreed to love and nurture our children in the nursery on Sundays. Terri is kind and compassionate (and yes, Dorothy Tyler’s daughter) and will be a great addition to the Nursery. Terri will work 3 Sundays a month and Nancy & Denaé will cover the 4th Sunday of the month. We are so thankful for Nancy and her granddaughter Denaé for all the love they have shared with our children in the interim. Please stop by the Nursery and greet Terri and be sure to let Nancy & Denaé know how appreciative we are for all they do with the kids!

Terri is also our custodian for the Church - please help her by picking up after service, meetings and events. 


Maria Breznau

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Music Director

Paul Duncan

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Paul Duncan, Director of Music Ministries

Paul has been active in the music ministries of several area churches for over 22 years. Originally from Tacoma, he attended Pacific Lutheran and Saint Martin’s Universities, studying piano and vocal music with a number of prominent Western Washington instructors. Paul has also taught piano and voice for over 30 years in the greater South Puget Sound area.  In addition to his teaching and church duties, he has provided music direction for several high school and professional musical productions (River Ridge HS and North Star Productions) He has performed as a soloist, band leader, and sideman in numerous groups, bands, trios, and plays/sings for a variety of public functions.  He and wife, Shannon have a wonderful 5 year old girl named Ella, a little Pekingese dog named Patch and a Calico cat named Gracie.  Paul enjoys local sports, particularly anything to do with baseball---all other sports are a diversion. He loves music (all kinds) to perform and to listen, 24/7, and, of course, he is very glad to be back at St. Andrew’s!


Website Administrator

Gretchen Borck

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Please send me an email or call me with suggestions or corrections for the Website - Would love to hear from you on how to improve the St Andrews Website!!

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