Shelly Fayette, Episcopal Priest (she/her)
The Rev. Shelly Fayette grew up an atheist in the wilds of rural eastern Washington, attending high school in Yakima, WA, where she was the token resident feminist noisemaker and out queer girl. She came to faith when she spent a year serving as a volunteer housemother at a home for homeless pregnant women in south central Los Angeles, run by Mother Teresa's order of nuns. It was there she learned faith could be a lived practice, a way to walk with and for the poorest of the poor.
She graduated from Seattle University summa cum laude in Theology and Religious Studies. She earned her M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York, earning distinction on her Master's Thesis on rape culture and atonement theory. She has worked as a nanny, crew on her dad's salmon troller in Sitka, AK, a barista, a dishwasher, and an admin assistant. She was worst at admin. She was ordained to the priesthood in January of 2010. She has served congregations in eastern OR, Vancouver, WA, and Salem, OR, before happily accepting the call to be Rector of Christ Episcopal Church in Seattle in October of 2014.
She is the proud new mother of baby Moses, and proud spouse of Aaron Petry Scott, amazing anti-poverty organizer and activist. When not generating slightly heretical or at least offbeat theology, she enjoys cooking, silence, playing with her baby, reading, yoga, easy hiking, and movie theaters with drinks. .
Though I wasn’t born in Washington, I spent most of my growing up years here. I left in 2002 to move with my job in the wireless sales industry, which led me to California and then Arizona. In 2004, I moved to Oregon, where I was a youth pastor at Sisters Church of the Nazarene, and also worked in the sales department of a Christian publishing company. In late 2006, I moved to Colorado, started working for the YMCA, and in 2007 began working on my bachelor in ministry degree. After graduating in 2012, I moved back to Seattle to attend Seattle Pacific Seminary, where I spent the next three years working on my Master of Arts in Theology.
Since graduating, I worked for a year and a half as a manager in a bookstore, and am currently holding a day job as a Toddler Teacher. I spend some of my free time helping out with several things at my home church (Christ Episcopal Church in the U-district), and spend the rest of my free time with my wife (Megan) and our energetic dog (Mochi).
Elizabeth Rawlings, Lutheran Pastor (she/her)
Hello! I'm a native Clevelander, but I have been in the Seattle area since 2004, when I came out to live with the mountains and rivers. I enjoy hiking, reading, sarcasm, irony, bad puns, and lots of other stuff. I am passionate about social justice issues and proclaiming God's love for all people. Working with UW students is a great privilege -- y'all are smart, interesting, passionate, creative... I could go on and on. If you want to know more about how my brain works (or doesn't) check out my blog, feetinarmsout.wordpress.com. Let's get coffee or drinks! You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hello! I'm Grace and I'm a junior at UW, majoring in biology with a minor in education. This will be my second year at the Sanctuary and I love the community that I've found here. I enjoy sarcasm, spending time with friends, teaching, blogging, and traveling.