Rev. Paul Ortiz, Pastor
As a child, Paul was heavily influenced by his Cuban, immigrant abuelita (grandmother) who was a Pentecostal church planter and ordained minister. However, like many people, he left the church due to the exclusion of LGBTQIA+ persons. He returned to the faith and to his call to pastoral ministry after experiencing radically inclusive, new expressions of United Methodist churches. After attending Garrett-Evangelical Theological seminary, where he completed a Master of Divinity and Master of Theological Studies, and serving in church planting for several years in Chicago, Paul is thrilled to live in Seattle and pastor University Temple as they move toward the creation of something new. When not churching it up, Paul loves print making, drinking coffee, reading theology, riding his bike, and spending quality time with his partner Kim and child Maggie.
Kim Chin, Interim Children's Minister
Kim is a 2nd generation Chinese-American who grew up in the foothills of Colorado. She recently completed her MA in Pastoral Care and Counseling at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Chicago and is excited to be a Seattle newbie. Since an early age, Kim has enjoyed working with children through daycare, Sunday school, after-school care, and camp counselor jobs as well as becoming a stepmom! She spent five years working on staff with a multiethnic campus ministry and now works as a licensed mental health counselor. Along with being a therapist by day, she is passionate about kids’ ministry and is interested in integrating spirituality with digital media, Godly play, art, mental health, and racial and queer identities. In her free time, Kim likes to create, try new recipes and foods, spend time in nature, and hang with family & friends.
Rev. Kay Barckley, Deacon
Kay has been with University Temple for many years, having served as Deacon since 1997. She has a love for creating liturgy and is a key member of our worship team.
Chris Vincent, Director of Music Ministry
Chris joined the University Temple team in early 2016, after many years of conducting choirs and accompanying singers and instrumentalists in the Seattle area and beyond. He also conducts The Market Street Singers in Ballard and the Sound Singers Japanese Choir. Looking for a choir home? Let’s talk.
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