Following Christ, sharing God's love for all people.





We are currently on our

10:00 am Worship

there will be no Choir, Sunday School, Forum for Faith Formation or Café Central during the summer





Pastor Cindy Salo
By appointment on Tuesday - Thursday

Pastor Cindy brings over 26 years of experience as an ordained pastor.  Since graduating from the University of Minnesota (1979) and Luther Theological Seminary in St. Paul (1983), she has served large and small congregations in suburban and rural settings, both as “permanent” and interim pastor.  She has also done addiction counseling, campus ministry, and hospital and long-term care chaplaincy.  She has admired Central for many years, particularly because of our leadership on inclusion of gay and lesbian people in the church and our commitment to social justice.


Pastor Cindy is passionate about health and wellness issues, including mental health, addiction, and domestic violence.  At Holy Spirit Lutheran in Kirkland, she formed, trained, and sustained a team of “lay caring ministers” to empower members to provide appropriate care and visitation for homebound and ill members of the congregation.  She also wrote and instituted a “Longest Night” service to be held on December 21, which she describes as a “healing, nurturing time to acknowledge darkness in our lives in the midst of the holidays” that “ties in with our theology of Advent:  Jesus as the light of hope coming into our darkness”.



Pastor Verlon Brown

Pastor Verlon Brown
office hours by appointment, please call the office 206-322-7500

Pastor Verlon Brown has served part-time at Central since1997. Prior to that, he was the Village Pastor at Holden Village, a Lutheran Retreat Center in Eastern Washington. During the week, Pastor Verlon works at Evergreen Treatment Services. There he walks with homeless men, helping them find housing and other services. In the larger church, Pastor Verlon works with youth and does training in anti-racism. He lives in West Seattle with his wife Netter. In his free time, he enjoys playing the harmonica and doing stand-up comedy.



Music Director: James Jelasic

We welcome James Jelasic as our new music director!

Now an International Steinway Artist, James, by the age of nineteen, had twice been featured as a concerto soloist with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.  He received his Master of Music degree in piano accompanying/vocal coaching from the University of Michigan. 

James resided and performed for a year in Munich under the gracious patronage of the Richard Strauss Family.  He then moved to Paris as a Fulbright Scholar.

The BBC, Radio France, WGMS in Washington, D.C., and PBS Television have broadcast several of his performances live.  His recordings ( have garnered three semi-final GRAMMY® nominations.

While classically grounded, James’ musical interests extend to traditional American Ballroom Dance Music with his Society Dance Band and as a soloist nationally.  He was formerly the Minister of Music at the Historic Falls Church Episcopal in Virginia, where George Washington was on the original vestry.

James’ husband, tenor, Jon Lackey, is the Minister of Music at Peace Lutheran in West Seattle.  Currently residing in metropolitan Seattle, James is active as a performer, accompanist/vocal coach, and piano teacher.  He is looking forward to working at Central Lutheran with the church staff, the choirs and the welcoming congregation!



Office Manager: Sandy Kraegel
Office hours: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm Tuesday-Friday

Sandy Kraegel is Central’s very capable office manager. She came to Central in 2004. She is usually the voice you hear when you call. She’s also the one who reminds you when it’s your turn to serve coffee, bring communion bread or help with the worship service. If you leave something at church, Sandy maintains a ‘lost and found.’ If you need to get in touch with another member, Sandy can help you with that. Sandy lives in Capitol Hill with her husband Matt and their dog Shelly.



Coordinator of Intergenerational Ministries: Brian Anderson

Office hours: Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & as needed

Brian Anderson, along with his wife Sue and daughters Nicole, Sydney, and Miranda, has been a member of Central since 1998.  He has held many positions over those years including Sunday School Coordinator, Co-coordinator of Vacation Bible School, Congregation President, Chair of the Faith Formation Forum Committee, and Chair of the Social Advocacy & Outreach Committee.  His latest role is on staff as the Coordinator of Intergenerational Ministries.  A former food bank manager, Brian is most passionate about creating opportunities for the congregation to learn about and become directly involved in promoting social justice and equality in our neighborhood, our state, and beyond.


Caretaker: Brian Schoof


We welcome Brian Schoof, long time member of Central, to be our new caretaker/building manager. He will be working for us approximately 20 hours per week.. Brian will be around most Sundays, so be sure and welcome him in his new role!





Duane Miles

Groundskeeper: Bradley Finn


On Sunday mornings, stop by and introduce yourself to new hire Bradley Finn (who has attended worship and even served as assisting minister for us).  Bradley will be doing grounds keeping and take charge of security and lock-up on Sunday mornings.





Nursery Attendant: Erica Hayes

My name is Erica Hayes and I've been working in the nursery for about two years. I've really enjoyed getting to know some of Central's youngest members, and especially like getting creative with the kids in the play kitchen! Outside of the nursery, I like watching movies and am learning how to sew.






Nursery Attendant: Zoey Knox

Zoey Knox just started her freshman year at Seattle University majoring in Environmental Studies with a specialization in Environmental Education and Communication. She has experience working in theater and babysitting kids under 6 in her hometown of Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin. From her cover letter Zoey writes, “Serving multiple different families with children of various ages has taught me to be flexible and open to the diverse personalities and life experiences of these children when I am learning how to best care for them. In addition, I find value in creating relationships with the families who offer me employment, and enjoy having open dialogue with them about how I can best serve their children.”



Nursery Attendant: Carlos Martinez

My name is Carlos Martinez and I moved to Seattle about two years ago as part of the Lutheran Volunteer Corps. When I'm not getting drawn on by kids at work, I can be found climbing stairs all over the city. I started working in the nursery in May, where I learned that I'm either 8 years old or 100, but either way I'm too old to ride a unicorn. Kids share the crucial facts!


Central Lutheran Church • 1710 11th Avenue • Seattle WA 98122 • (206) 322-7500 • fax (206) 322-0195 •