Our Staff

Our staff members are wholly committed to the Mission and Vision of Lake Washington United Methodist Church and her Community Partners, and would love to hear from you.  Questions, comments, and dialogue are always welcome!  Click on the name of a staff member to learn more about them, or simply click their email address to email them directly.

Rev. Rich Lang

Rev. Rich Lang

Pastor

About Rich

Professional Bio:

Rev. Rich Lang was appointed Pastor at Lake Washington in July 2019.  He has previously served congregations in LaConner, Bay View, Spokane, Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood and at Seattle’s 

University Temple.  He most recently served as the Seattle-Tacoma District Superintendent overseeing the ministries of 50+ churches.

He is excited to be part of the holistic ministry of Lake Washington UMC.  Combining deep interest in spirituality and social justice he hopes to be of use in the further growth and development of the congregation and its ministries.

For eight years Rev. Lang wrote a bi-weekly column called Faith, Politics and Culture for Seattle’s weekly street paper Real Change. His ministry has been highlighted in the books Natural Saints and Fixing America.   He actively supported the R-74 WashingtonUnitedForMarriage Campaign. He has received the Gertrude Apel Pioneering Spirit Award by the Seattle Church Council, Taking the Bull by the Horns by Sustainable Ballard, the Rauschenbusch Center’s Spirit and Justice award, and was named one of Spokane’s 100 heroes by Spokane’s Volunteers of America.  He has been arrested twice for homeless advocacy, and was intentionally targeted with pepper spray by the Seattle Police Department during the Occupy marches.

He is married to Cathy for 36 years, has two adult sons Michael and Andy both of whom carry on the family values of solidarity with the poor, with unions, and with all who work for peace with justice.

 

Alex Katopodis

Alex Katopodis

Youth Pastor

About Alex

Professional Bio:

Hello all! My name is Alex Katopodis and I’m excited to be here as Youth Pastor. I grew up in the area, around Thrasher’s Corner in north Bothell and attended Bothell High School in my youth. I didn’t grow up in the church but joined a youth group in Lynnwood during my senior year of high school. I made some great friends and when the youth pastor moved on my recently graduated friends and I decided to lead the group until a new leader could be found. It was there I discovered my passion for working with the youth. I took my passion with me to Everett where I attended Trinity Lutheran College and earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Children, Youth, and Family Studies. Throughout my studies I got to work with many different youth groups and expanding my views on how to effectively “do” youth group. Also during my time at Trinity I met my wife Katie, we married in 2010 and have two children, Lillian and Zander.

Cee Adamson

Cee Adamson

Director of Creative & Worship Arts

About Cee

Professional Bio:

Cee E. Adamson serves as the Director of Music & Creative Arts at Lake Washington United Methodist Church. Cee is pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Vocal Performance and Choral Conducting at the University of Washington. 

A native of Washington, D.C., Cee is a singer, conductor, and educator. Cee has served in multiple artistic and administrative roles with arts organizations and churches across the country and internationally. Additionally, Cee is an arts management consultant and advocate specializing in addressing efficient ethical business operations, and advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility. As an experienced arts administrator and educator, Cee has served multiple roles with arts organizations such as Bel Cantanti Opera Company, Washington Revels, Louisiana State University, and Glimmerglass Opera

Prior to her current studies at the University of Washington, Cee held a place at the prestigious Guildhall School of Music & Drama, based in London, where she received the Master of Music and the Master of Performance degrees and was designated a Guildhall Artist. Other education includes the Advanced Artist Diploma and Master of Music degree from Shenandoah Conservatory at Shenandoah University, and undergraduate degrees in music, accounting, and management from Franklin Pierce University. 

Outside of music, Cee is passionate about social justice, building communities, higher education administration, and just about all things pertaining to the United Kingdom.

Stephanie McIlwain Miller

Stephanie McIlwain Miller

Director of Children's Ministries

About Stephanie

Professional Bio:

Years ago I found that my true passion is for teaching music to young people as an impetus for their faith formation and an introduction to service, not just in the church, but also in the community and the world. To that end, I have been directing choirs for children and youth since 1985, and have founded or restarted programs for three-year-olds through young adults in Washington, Illinois, and Indiana, where I also served as Director of Music at Grace United Methodist Church, Lafayette. I am a member of the American Choral Directors Association, the Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts, and a long term member of the Choristers Guild , for which I currently serve on the national Board of Directors. My master’s degree is in speech-language pathology and my work in that field provided me with an extensive background working with individuals of varying developmental levels and special needs. I firmly believe that anyone who wants to sing in a church choir should be encouraged to do so, and I work with all choristers to make it a fun and growth-filled experience. I am also an actress and theater director. My skills in these areas translate into creativity-developing and fun-filled rehearsals for the choirs, and broaden the range of arts offerings in worship.

Kevin Johnson

Kevin Johnson

Accompanist

phone: 425.885.3311

email: here.

About Kevin

Professional Bio:

 

Coming Soon.

Jennifer Hover

Jennifer Hover

Church Administrator

About Jennifer

Professional Bio:

Hi, I’m Jennifer! I have a Masters of Business Administration, and have worked in office administration for the last fifteen years – five of those within the nonprofit sector. Originally from Arizona, I now live in Kirkland with my four children.

Selenia Stock

Selenia Stock

Administrative Assistant

About Selenia

Bio:

 Hello, I’m Selenia! I am currently enrolled at Bellevue College working towards my Science and Arts Assosiates Degree. I plan on becoming a wedding and portrait photographer

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