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





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9:00 am ~ Choir

9:45 am~ Faith Formation Forum

9:45 am ~ Sunday School

11:00 am ~ Worship





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: Will Gerhardt

Our Music Director Will Gerhardt started at Central in October 2017. Born and raised on Capitol Hill, Will attended school at St. Joseph’s and later served as their accompanist from 2006-2010. He earned his BA in Music in 2014 from Boston College. Today, he works at Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart as a Choral Assistant and plays occasionally at Canlis Restaurant. He is also a certified Personal Trainer and yoga instructor. 



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


Brian Schoof, long time member of Central, is our caretaker/building manager. He works for us approximately 20 hours per week.





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Groundskeeper: Bradley Finn


On Sunday mornings, stop by and introduce yourself to 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 since 2014. 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: Carlos Martinez

My name is Carlos Martinez and I moved to Seattle in 2014 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 of 2016, 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!


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