Daren & Karla Overstreet – Congregational Lead Evangelist & Women’s Ministry Leader
Daren & Karla Overstreet serve as lead evangelist for the Seattle Church of Christ and women’s ministry leader. Both graduated from the University of Washington – Daren with a degree in Architecture, Karla a degree in Psychology. Prior to entering the full time ministry, Daren worked at an Architecture firm, Karla in the social services field. They began their full time ministry work by leading a sister church in Tacoma, Washington. They served there for 14 wonderful years, before moving to Seattle, where they currently oversee the Eastside Region of the church. Daren did post-graduate work at Harding Graduate School of Theology in Memphis, TN. They have 3 children: Zack, Hunter, and Ellie. They have worked in ministry for 20 years, and enjoy helping disciples grow and reach their potential. They also enjoy watching/playing golf, long walks together, and all kinds of sushi!
Marcus & Naomi Wallace – Evangelist & Women’s Ministry Leader – Singles, Campus, and Young Marrieds Ministry Leaders
Marcus and Naomi Wallace serve as an Evangelist and Women’s Ministry Leader for the Eastside Region of the Seattle Church. Marcus was baptized in the Teen Ministry as a Junior in HS in 1999 and Naomi was baptized as a Freshman in college in 2002. They were married in 2007. Marcus went into the full-time ministry in 2006 and Naomi has served full-time since 2010. They have twin boys, Isaac and Caleb, who were born in 2010. They have served in the South Sound Church of Christ (Tacoma, WA) from 2006-2012. They spent about 5 years leading the Campus Ministry at the University of Texas at Austin in Austin, Texas. They have just moved back to Washington (in April of 2017) and they lead the Campus Ministry, Single Professionals, and Young Marrieds for the Eastside Region. Marcus loves Sports and Naomi loves to read books and have fun with friends. They both love to laugh and build family as disciples.
Youth & Family Ministry:
Josh Benton – Teen Ministry Leader
Josh serves the Teen Ministry alongside Allie Struzyna. After graduating with a B.A. in History from Virginia Tech, he moved across the country to Spokane, WA, where he spent two years working as a campus ministry intern with the Spokane Christian Church. His experience also includes campus internships in Lansing, Michigan, Cincinnati, Ohio, and Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He is continuing his education as he works on a certificate in Biblical Studies from the Athens Institute of Ministry. Although a native East-coaster, Josh has fallen in love with the beauty and character of the Northwest! He spends his time rock climbing, cheering on Virginia Tech football, and hunting down the elusive perfect burrito.
Allie Struzyna – Teen Ministry Leader
Allie has helped lead the Teen Ministry since April of 2015. She graduated from the University of Washington in 2013 with a degree in Disability Studies. During her time at UW, Allie was a part of the UW Women’s Rowing Team and also became involved with the SCOC Campus Ministry. Through this, she participated in several ministry internships where she developed a passion for helping others to better understand God, the Bible and themselves. She is currently working towards a Certificate in Biblical Studies with the Athens Institute of Ministry. Before serving in ministry, Allie worked for a non-profit that creates job opportunities for adults with disabilities. In her spare time, she enjoys being outside, hanging out with friends and trying different crafts/DIY projects!
Jason & Carmen Lugo – Evangelist & Women’s Ministry Leader
Jason and Carmen have served together in the ministry since 2006 ministering to families in Dallas and Houston Texas. Most recently they were members of the Corpus Christi (TX) mission team before moving to Seattle in 2016. Currently, they oversee the City Region.
Jason and Carmen are passionate about building family within the church, strengthening marriages and parenting, and helping others experience God’s grace that has been so amazing in their own lives.
Jason and Carmen live in Ballard with their four children and are enjoying experiencing the sights, sounds, and tastes in their new city together as a family.
Austen & Sara Bolves – Campus Ministry Leaders
Austen and Sara serve the Westside region of the Seattle Church of Christ by leading the campus ministries at UW, SPU, SU, and other colleges around the city of Seattle. They met at and graduated from the University of Washington—Sara with degrees in English and Law, Societies, and Justice, and Austen with a degree in Psychology and Anthropology. While at UW they served as student leaders and interns for the campus ministry. Together and individually, they spent lots of time leading small groups, mentoring disciples, and guiding people to Christ through personal Bible study.
They began serving in the full-time ministry the summer of 2015 on the Eastside of the Seattle Region, leading the singles’ and campus ministries there. Then they moved to the Westside in spring of 2017 to lead the campuses there. They both are currently working on certificates in Biblical Studies through the Athens Institute of Ministry. In their free time they enjoy working out together, going to the movies, and exploring the awesome restaurants that the Seattle area has to offer!
Alex & Danielle Whitaker – Evangelist & Women’s Ministry Leader
Alex and Danni are parents to 4 children and live in the north end of Seattle. They currently help oversee the Campus Ministry, and the North Region youth and families ministry. They love the Pacific Northwest and have a special interest in helping train young leaders and fostering inter-generational faith in the Church.
Jonah and Amber Melchert – Teen Ministry Leader
Meet our newest Staff Member, Jonah!
Jonah currently serves as a Youth and Family Intern in the Northshore Region. He recently graduated with a degree in Music Education from the University of Washington in 2018. After being baptized as a sophomore in 2015, Jonah served the UW Campus Ministry by leading Bible Talks, personal bible studies, and worship both for campus devotionals and church services. After interning with the Campus Ministry in 2016, Jonah saw a passion and desire to serve the Kingdom of God in the full-time ministry. He is incredibly enthusiastic about serving the Teen Ministry and loves to eat food when he isn’t spending time with his wife Amber or their dog Chewie.
While not employed by the church, Amber serves along side her husband in the Youth and Family Ministry while working a full-time job in the field of LASIK eye surgery in Bellevue WA. She graduated from UW in 2016 with a degree in Interdisciplinary Visual Arts where she was also baptized in 2015. She served in the UW Campus Ministry by leading personal bible studies and developing strong and lasting relationships with college students both inside and outside of the ministry. When she isn’t working or serving the Seattle Church, Amber enjoys connecting with her husband by going on adventures throughout the Seattle area.
Jonah and Amber recently moved to the Bothell area with their golden-doodle puppy named Chewie. They look forward to building relationships with the teens and their families in the Northshore region.