Barb has been our Interim Pastor since November 2018. She grew up in CA, and has a varied history of ministry. She has been a registered nurse for 37 years in a variety of fields, including pediatrics and senior adults. She found that nursing provided many opportunities to be the hands and feet of Christ in meaningful ways. She also taught nursing for 12 years.
Rev. Reid earned her Doctorate in Worship Studies in 2007, and was ordained with ABCUSA in 2008. She has served as Worship Pastor, pulpit supply minister, women’s conference speaker, and Chaplain of Judson Park Retirement Community in Des Moines, WA.
She loves people of all ages! And she loves to share what God can do when we trust Him. She enjoys leading Bibles studies and small groups, playing piano and computer mah jong, spending time with her family, and paying attention to her spoiled cat, Tabitha.
Velma Walker - Music
Velma Walker is a lifelong resident of Issaquah. She studied piano under Marguerite Hood, a piano instructor in Seattle, received music instruction from William Klein, a gifted musician who taught in the Issaquah School District, and studied music theory through the Art Publication Society of St. Louis, Missouri. In her junior and senior high school years, Velma accompanied the choirs and many solo and ensemble groups. In her senior year she also played with the high school band.
Velma began playing for Bethel Chapel Church in Issaquah at the age of 11, a position she held for the next 33 years. In addition, she played for many weddings and funerals. Following her work at Bethel Chapel she briefly shared her music ministry with Our Savior Lutheran Church and St. Joseph Catholic Church. In 1994 she joined the staff at Community Church of Issaquah where she plays the piano. She also directed the choir for several years.
Velma's testimony is her love of Christ, family, friends and music. She is dedicated to the ministry at Community Church and is open to new music as well as the traditional hymns and choruses.