Christy Fisher is the Director of Ministry for Tacoma College Ministry. She is an alumna of UPS and graduated in 2006 with her degree in Politics and Government with an emphasis in Political Theory. She participated in Lighthouse during her four years at UPS and was the President of Lighthouse. She stayed in Tacoma after she graduated and served as an Intern and then co-directed TCM with her ministry colleague, Max Fletcher. Christy left her position at TCM to go to seminary at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, VA where she earned her Master of Divinity. She is ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA) as a Teaching Elder and has been doing ministry for over 10 years. Christy loves the ministry of TCM and continues to be deeply impacted by the relationships and experiences she has related to Lighthouse. Christy’s guiding principles in her work as a Campus Pastor are to dispel isolation, subvert the status quo and encourage connections across difference.
Social justice is also very important to Christy. She believes that social justice is undergirded by the concept that we belong to each other. Christy bases her beliefs about the power of belonging and social justice on a quotation by Mother Teresa that states, “If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.” The life of Christ consistently models that we are called to ensure no one is left out in our communities. We are called to love and to be loved. Christy also loves coffee and taking her 13 year old Golden Retriever, Cooper, for walks.
Bri is TCM’s Ministry Coordinator this year, and is a recent alumni from UPS, where she studied Psychology and Communications. Bri is from San Diego and loves visiting her hot, sunny hometown. She is a big traveler and loves telling stories of her adventures in Vietnam, Denmark, and various US National Parks. Between adventures, Bri enjoys spending leisure time playing with her foster kittens, taking walks on Ruston Way, and sampling various dark chocolates.
Kayla is the Intern for Tacoma College Ministry this year. She recently graduated from University of Puget Sound with a History major and minors in Education and Religion. Kayla loves to spend time outside on long runs, scenic walks, or adventurous hikes. When it’s too rainy for this California native to be outside, Kayla enjoys cooking meals with friends, reading, and listening to podcasts.
Amelia Boyer hails from Minnesota, and is currently a junior studying English and Religious Studies. This is her second year on Lighthouse Leadership and she is excited to be back with the team and the community and is looking forward to retreats and drinking mint tea on Tuesday nights. Amelia is also an RCC in Thomas Hall and is excited to be leading in multiple areas on campus. In her free time she enjoys boasting about her two beautiful dogs, Hazel and Humphrey, and recently found a passion for hiking trails around the PNW.
Craig currently serves as sound liaison and as a member on the student leadership team. He is a senior studying Comparative Politics and Environmental Policy and Decision Making (EPDM). Born and raised in Tacoma, WA, Craig enjoys aquatic activities and is passionate about the local music scene.
Esther is a member of the Lighthouse student leadership team this year. She is a sophomore at UPS and very proud to be a native Wisconsinite! Esther is still undecided on her major because she just loves exploring different areas of study. When Esther is not in class, you can find her in the mail room, gym, library, or hanging around campus with her friends. An interesting fact about Esther is that she has 5 sisters and 2 brothers! Esther loves to talk, especially about Wisconsin, her big family, and whichever latest unique crew neck sweatshirt she has thrifted.
Hannah is in her second year at UPS and is plans to study psychology and education. Hannah is from Colorado and enjoys visiting home to hang out in the mountains. She is a yellow enthusiast, and enjoys spending time outdoors with her friends. Hannah enjoys spending her leisure time exploring Tacoma, reading, and trying out new coffee shops.
Lee is thrilled to be returning to the Lighthouse Leadership team during his senior year at Puget Sound. He missed his community during his junior year abroad and is excited to be back in the Pacific Northwest. Lee is a Sociology & Anthropology major with minors in French and Asian Studies with high hopes of continuing his education in grad school, learning the ways he can help preserve and protect cultural heritage around the world. He loves exploring the earth, going to museums, relaxing in parks, attending music events, and trying out all of the different restaurants. You can catch him at the Center for Intercultural and Civic Engagement as an Interfaith Coordinator, in the Office of Admissions meeting the future faces of Puget Sound, and, of course, in the basement of Kilworth celebrating the beauty of Life every Tuesday night.
SaraJane is so excited to serve on the Lighthouse leadership team as a liaison for the worship team. She is a sophomore at the University of Puget Sound, where she is exploring her passions for International Political Economy and Computer Science. SaraJane loves the Pacific Northwest, and is from Portland, Oregon, where she loves to visit on long weekends. When she is not at Lighthouse, she is typically studying at Diversions, the student-run coffee shop on campus, drinking obscene amounts of caffeine, practicing music in her room, going on walks to the Puget Sound, or enthusiastically greeting every dog that meanders throughout campus.
Rachel is a proud Pacific Northwest-er who has fallen deeply in love with Tacoma! She is committed to racial, social, economic and environmental justice and believes that God is love and justice is love embodied.
Rachel works at Pacific Lutheran University part time with community-engaged learning, supports the community of Bethany Presbyterian Church as a pastoral intern and has been a spirituality mentor for the Lutheran Volunteer Corps. She was born and raised in Everett, attended Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan and then went on to study Spanish and International Development in Guatemala and Honduras. Following undergrad, she was able to do internships in Washington D.C. at Sojourners and in Geneva, Switzerland at the World Council of Churches. Rachel attended San Francisco Theological Seminary and the Graduate Theological Union in the San Francisco Bay Area – a Master of Divinity and an M.A. in Social Theory and Ethics and then worked at the intersection of faith and environment in the Bay Area.
She lives a block from UPS with her partner Zane, their kiddos Sam and Phoebe, and two cats – Rainier and Rhubarb. She loves the amazing landscape of the Pacific Northwest, especially the trees, ferns, mountains and the sound – all of which can be seen from the trails at Pt. Defiance!
Cody is the Music Coordinator for TCM. He recently graduated from SPU with a BA in Theology, and moved to Tacoma with his partner, Emily, earlier this summer. Cody has been playing, writing, and performing music for almost 10 years, and has spent much of that time playing music with various worshiping communities. Apart from music, Cody loves traveling, cooking new vegetarian recipes, spending time with family/friends, and hanging out with his two rabbits, Charlie and Claudia.