A native Oregonian, Britt Carlson holds a bachelor of arts from Seattle Pacific University where she majored in theology and Spanish. She continued her theological education at Duke Divinity School, graduating with her master of divinity May 2013. During her time at Duke, she served as a pastoral intern at Palmyra United Methodist in Stokes County, NC and at La Iglesia Metodista El Shaddai in Ahuachapan, El Salvador. Most recently, she spent two years in Dallas, Texas as a part of Wilshire Baptist Church’s innovative pastoral residency program for young clergy.
When not in the office, you can find her hiking, reading a good book, laughing with family and friends or enjoying (though not necessarily cooking) delicious food.
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 piano and organ. 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.