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Meet the Staff

  Senior Pastor James N. McEachran jim@salchome.org
 Director of Music Ministries Dr. Will Simpson will@salchome.org
Director of Discipleship Ministries Emily Harrow  emily@salchome.org
Fellowship Coordinator Sherry Grindeland  sherry@salchome.org 
 
Support Staff
   
 Office Administrator Mary Mills  mary@salchome.org
 Facilities Manager Kurt Lutterman  kurt@salchome.org
 Accounting Assistant Russ Stark  russ@salchome.org
Communications Specialist Susan Hegedus  susan@salchome.org


Pastor James N. McEachran
I am blessed to serve in a congregation where we gather joyfully in Christ and seek ways to love and to serve the Lord more deeply and faithfully each day. A good conversation and time of prayer is my highest joy, and I love and feel deeply called to be with the saints at life intersections and to share the good Word that God is calling all to life in Christ and ministry in the world.

I was called to Saint Andrews in 1983. A little background might be helpful. I was born in Spokane, Washington and am a graduate of Whitworth University. My theological training began in a good Baptist home and continued with two years at Concordia Theological Seminary in Springfield, Illinois. Thankfully my internship was in a campus ministry setting at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, California. This led me to Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, California. Following my basic theology degree, I had a great opportunity to study under some of the best theologians in America with an emphasis on historical theology. Between study, guest preaching and teaching in the Bay Area and eating in some amazing restaurants, I also served for three years as a Relief Minister with San Francisco Night Ministry and as a teaching assistant in liturgy and worship at the seminary.

My first call was to serve as Assistant Pastor at Messiah Lutheran Church in Spokane, Washington with an emphasis in Christian Education and Youth Ministry. In my third year, I was called again to serve as Associate Pastor. My eight years in Spokane were a great growth time as I served with a very creative senior pastor, building a strong congregation through an emphasis on “shared ministry.” My current extra-curricular joy is serving as Chair of the Human Services Commission in the City of Bellevue. I also taught a course in Comparative World Religion as Adjunct Faculty at Seattle Pacific University for several years.

I am married to Nancy Schaefer McEachran. She teaches at Bellevue College. She is also working towards a Ph.D. in Leadership Studies at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. We have two daughters. Erin is a ballet dancer and dance teacher. Alyssa is a graduate of Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio.

I am a “perpetual student,” avid reader, and over-the-top fan of the Seattle Mariners. Among my avocations are Civil War history, the poetry of e.e. cummings, and the enjoyment of a good latte! 
    

Sherry Grindeland
My husband David and I are longtime members of Saint Andrew’s, and consider the church a second home. David sings in the Chancel Choir and I usher regularly and have enjoyed teaching Vacation Bible School the last couple years.
 
All four of our children grew up in the Saint Andrew’s family, were confirmed here and went on mission trips with the youth group. 
 
I have been involved in the local community, serving on the Parks and Community Services board for the City of Bellevue for two terms, volunteering with Eastside Heritage Center, Studio East, and various PTAs as my children went through Bellevue schools. 
 
I am a former journalist – a reporter and columnist at the old Journal American newspaper, the Seattle Times and served as the editor of the SnoValley Star from 2013-2015. 
 
I look forward to being more involved in the Saint Andrew’s Church community

 

Emily Harrow
My desire to work with youth stems back to my experience as a teenager in my church’s high school youth group. I loved talking about God and debating theology with my peers. I loved that we didn’t just talk the talk but also walked the walk by serving our community. I discovered I had a passion for serving those in a urban setting, particularly those struggling with homelessness. This led me to the desire to teach young people that they could make a difference. I felt a strong call to this congregation upon learning about Saint Andrew’s and that remains true every day. It has been a privilege to witness our students, families, and volunteers in service to their community, both locally and globally. I am blessed with the opportunity to dig into the word of God with our young people and discover what it means to live a life according to the Gospel. I also enjoy our times of fellowship, whether at a frozen yogurt shop or throwing food at each other on the front lawn of the church. I am thrilled to be in a position in which I can be myself; a big kid in an adult’s body, on fire for God.

I graduated with a B.A. in Youth Ministry from Westminster College, a small liberal arts college located in Fulton, Missouri. In November 2008, I earned my certificate for Youth and Family Ministries through the certification school of  Wartburg Theological Seminary and the Youth and Family Institute (now known as Vibrant Faith Ministries.)

I moved to the Pacific Northwest from St. Louis, Missouri in January of 2010.  My husband, Adam, and I were married in May of 2013. We currently live in Issaquah with our two high energy dogs, Roxy and Leah. They both put up with our latest addition, our cat Milo. Adam and I love to explore nature’s playground. We often find ourselves hiking, kayaking, snowboarding, or just taking in the sights. We also have a strong passion for music and try to catch a live show in Seattle’s vibrant music scene as often as possible. 

 

Susan Hegedus
I think that God guides us (more often than we realize) to places we never thought we would be. After I graduated from college, I thought I would settle into a career with Boeing Computer Services. Eight years later, I left to become a stay-at-home mom, a “career” path I didn’t think I would ever take. I feel very fortunate to have had the flexibility to spend those years focusing on my family while still getting a chance to use my skills and gifts at various volunteer jobs in their schools.

We became members of Saint Andrew’s in 1997 and I was also able to donate time to church, mostly teaching Sunday Church School and Vacation Bible School, helping with youth events/retreats/mission trips, and spending a short time on the Congregation Council. When the position of Communications Specialist opened up in 2008, I wasn’t really seeking employment but I truly felt God guiding me toward it. I am very blessed to work for such a supportive congregation and to work with such a capable and dedicated staff. I am always open to new suggestions to make communications at Saint Andrew's more effective; please contact me with your ideas! 


Kurt Lutterman
I am one of the non-"genetic Lutherans" on the church staff. When my family was looking for a new church in Bellevue with an embracing congregation and a palpable sense of the Holy Spirit at work, we found Saint Andrew's in 1999. This church has been a fantastic home for my faith journey.

I have been Facilities Manager since 2003, putting my prior work experiences in computer support and nuclear submarines to work for God's glory. Regarding the latter, that experience primarily translates to operation and maintenance of electrical, fluid, HVAC and mechanical systems. But if the church ever does upgrade to a nuclear reactor, I'm ready...

As a member of Saint Andrew's Shared Ministry team, I'm primarily responsible for keeping our facilities a clean, inviting and safe place for ministry to happen. I live in Bellevue with my wife, Teresa, and son, Sean.
 

Mary Mills
Born to an Irish Catholic mother and a Polish Catholic father, my brothers and I somehow came to be baptized into the Lutheran faith. My father was in the Navy and we traveled a good bit, never settling down in any one place for long. When I was in grade ten, my father retired and we settled in Bothell, WA. It was then that I began exploring my Lutheran faith, beginning with a Missouri synod congregation in Bothell. Since then, I have been a member of several ELCA Lutheran churches, Magnolia Lutheran in Seattle, Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in BelAir, Maryland and Nativity Lutheran in Renton. I’ve often thought of myself and my faith as being much like a seed, drifting here and there, never quite finding that right place. At Saint Andrew’s I found the right place, a place where I am constantly surrounded by amazing energy, encouragement, and faith filled people. Saint Andrew’s is home, it’s where my spirit can soar and my heart can be filled with the joy of Christ’s love.

After graduating from the University of Washington with dual degrees, one in Communication Disorders and one in Elementary Education, I worked in the Seattle Public School District for a number of years as a Speech and Hearing Therapist. I am the very proud mother of three dynamite children, Cathy, Stephen and Jennie and grandmother to five beautiful granddaughters and one handsome grandson. As my children grew I felt the draw to rejoin the work force, beginning with many years as the Office Manager at Renton Lutheran Church and then moving on to a position as Administrative Assistant at Lutheran Community Services. In 2007 I joined the Saint Andrew’s team as Office Administrator. It is my privilege and pleasure to be a member of Saint Andrew’s as well as to serve the congregation.

In my spare time, you can usually find me in the kitchen or the garden. I also enjoy aircraft of any kind, including single engine planes, hot air balloons and bi-planes. I’ve taken classes to learn how to be a pinch hitter pilot should the need arise.


Dr. Will Simpson
Greetings to you,

I am Will Simpson, Director of Music Ministries and Organist at Saint Andrew’s Lutheran. My wife Erin and I moved here from Louisville, Kentucky (one long drive).  We have found Saint Andrew’s Lutheran to be one of the warmest and most caring congregations which either of us has attended. This church is a great place to do music ministry!

Having known my whole life that I wanted to make a career of being a musician, I pursued three degrees in music. My bachelor of music is from the University of Louisville, in Louisville, Kentucky. My master’s degree in music is from Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana and my Doctorate is from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. My primary focuses were in piano, choral conducting, and organ.

I enjoy several different music genre, classical being the corner stone of my interests and education. My doctoral dissertation is on J.S. Bach’s Cantata 150 “Nach dir, herr, verlanget mich” (For you, O Lord, my soul longs). I have been a Bachophile all of my life.

With only occasional breaks, I have played the organ and served as music director in Lutheran, Methodist, Presbyterian, Episcopal, Disciples of Christ, and United Church of Christ denominations since 1983. Along the way, I have served in some wonderful churches, have played some magnificent organs, and have directed some tremendous choirs. I feel I am called to music ministry and consider myself blessed to be able to do what I love to do. 

Thank you for reading a little bit about me. If you are interested in our music ministries here at Saint Andrew’s, please call or email me.

Peace,
Will Simpson


Russ Stark
I retired from a major corporation in New Jersey in 2001, but I was not ready to be “retired” so I went to work for a CPA in Clinton, NJ and started doing tax returns for his firm. I was already the Treasurer for our non-denominational Church and also for HOPE Bible Mission based in Morristown, NJ. One of the CPA’s clients was the Jewish Center of Preston and when their bookkeeper resigned, I was asked if I could set their finances up in QuickBooks. This was a great experience and when I finished I was asked to stay on as their bookkeeper, which I did. The janitor and I were the only two gentiles in the Center and I learned a lot about the Jewish faith and the Old Testament.

In 2005 Linda and I moved to Renton to be near our son and daughter and their families and my desire was again to work part time to serve the Lord. In 2006 the Lord led me to Saint Andrew’s and it has been wonderful to continue my faith walk serving the Lord here. We have a great staff and I love the positive energy of the congregation. If I haven’t met you yet, please stop in and introduce yourself. I would enjoy meeting you personally and hearing about your faith walk here at Saint Andrew’s.