Our StaffRev. Dr. Paul Ashby
Paul's first job was as a shepherd on a farm his ancestors settled in 1691 about 50 miles south of Richmond Virginia. He grew up among a long line of teachers and educators in his family. At age 18, he was the youngest person accepted into a graduate MA program in the three century history of the College of William and Mary. He is also the youngest person to be awarded a doctoral degree at Colgate Rochester Divinity School after completing his dissertation on UCC theologian Reinhold Niebuhr at age 23. He was ordained in The United Church of Christ a few days after his 24th birthday and was served UCC churches for 27 years located in Connecticut, Ohio, California, and Oklahoma.
Paul has represented the UCC at The World Parliament of Religions, The Conference on Buddhism in American and the Orientale Lumen Church Unity Conference in Washington D.C. He has received the "Friends of Tibet" award for work with Tibetan Buddhist refugee families, received the 2011 Spiritual Inclusion Award from The Oklahomans for Equality Organization for the promotion of justice and acceptance for GLBT persons and in 2013 received a Lilly Foundation Writes Award for a sermon on his ministry to restore a sense of blessing to those who have suffered from acts of domestic violence and rape.
He and his wife, Pam enjoy walking their dogs, attending the symphony and opera, and working on projects for interfaith understanding and peace.
Director of Faith Formation for Children and Youth
I am blessed to have deep roots in Richmond Beach Congregational United Church of Christ. I grew up in Shoreline, WA and have been part of the RBCC UCC community since I was a child.
After Graduating from Shorewood High School, I attended Seattle Pacific University majoring in Child Psychology with an emphasis in Social Service. I am currently working toward completing a certificate in Youth and Theology through Princeton Theological Seminary.
I am passionate about engaging children and youth in making discoveries about the mystery that is God. Finding ways to create opportunities to experience moments of awe and wonder, as we all seek to find our place in God’s story is one of my sincerest desires.
I love dancing, cooking, and playing with my family. I am thankful to have an incredible network of friends and family who support me; including my husband Jamie and our children Parker and Madison.
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Katie Skovholt, Choir Director, is a lifelong musician with a passion for fostering connections through choral music. She served as Director of Music Ministries at Prince of Peace Lutheran (SeaTac) for nine years, where she developed and coordinated a robust program of highly successful special events. Most recently, Katie served as cantor, soloist, and section leader for Plymouth Congregational Church in downtown Seattle. She is in demand as a soloist in the Puget Sound region, hailed for outstanding and expressive singing. Katie also works as Managing Director for Seattle Pro Musica.
Amanda moved to the beautiful Pacific Northwest over 10 years ago to finish her degree in Culinary Arts. She has worked at several nonprofits and has the opportunity to work with people from all walks of life. When she is not working, Amanda enjoys spending time with her son exploring our community.