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Dani Forbess


Office: 206-783-3402
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Twitter: @daniforbess

Dani Forbess was born and raised in the Bay Area and began to call Seattle home when her family uprooted to the Northwest in the early 1990's.  She studied English Literature at Seattle Pacific University and then graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary in 2002. Dani served in Belfast, Northern Ireland during the course of her studies and then earned the Parish Pulpit Award to continue in overseas service.  She and her husband, Doug, lived in Cape Town, South Africa where they both served at Mowbray Presbyterian Church.  She returned back stateside for a call as an Associate to First Presbyterian Church of Granada Hills in the greater Los Angeles area.  

Doug and Dani have three children, and have had their balancing abilities greatly strengthened as they have shared in parenting. Before coming to Northminster, Dani was a practitioner in the work of Faith Formation for Children and Family Ministries at University Presbyterian Church.  

The Forbess Family has relished the move to the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle and is actively engaged in community work.  Worshipping in a small local church has brought the work of Christian service where it belongs, back on the ground.  You can find Dani throughout the Ballard landscape on any given day listening to others about what God is up to in this corner of the Northwest.  She'll probably be holding more books than she can carry.  

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Stacy Kern

Office Manager

I am a long time resident of Seattle and a 15 year member of Northminster. I have two fabulous daughters and numerous cats, dogs and chickens.  I like reading, gardening, crafting and opera.

I am the office manager at NPC and I work approximately 20 hours a week.  I answer phones and the door, check the mail; both snail and email.  I maintain the member database. I also edit the newsletter and assemble the bulletin. Northminster's a great place to work.  The other staff are supportive and fun.  I love interacting with the church members.  It's a great way to serve the members through distributing prayer requests or answering questions.  The best part of my job is using the folding machine to fold the bulletins into thirds. It's so efficient and makes a great noise!
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Ally Pexa

Christian Education Lead

I was born and raised in Northern California and in 2012 I moved to attend Seattle Pacific University, where I am currently working on my BA in Theology. While I do miss my family, I truly love my new home here in Seattle. In 2014, I was privileged to start working at Northminster. I instantly fell in love with the amazing community of this church. One of the things that I appreciate the most about Northminster is the way the youth are involved in all aspects of church life, whether that is worship on Sundays or serving dinner at the homeless shelter. Our youth here are not only seen as the future of the church, but also important as members that the Holy Spirit can, will, and is currently using in powerful ways. I am so excited to have the opportunity to work with and alongside the kids at Northminster. When I am not working, you can probably find me on a long run or hiking somewhere in the mountains, rain or shine.

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Eric Johnson


Eric Johnson has always pursued a dual career in sacred music and modern dance.   For many years  organist at the First Church of Christ, Scientist, Mercer Island Eric has been organist at Northminster since spring 2015.   

Following a career as a modern dancer and choreographer Eric is now a full-time dance educator in Seattle public and private schools and a national workshop leader for the 
Kennedy Center in Washington, DC,  leading training for teachers and artists on integrating dance with classroom curriculum.  

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Jim Peterson

Choir Director

Jim Peterson, Choir Director at Northminster, is a true Seattle native, having been born at Virginia Mason Hospital on First Hill.  When Jim was 10, he and his parents re-located to Chuckanut Bay, near Bellingham, which is still “home” today. 

Jim knew from an early age that he would be a professional musician/performer, beginning piano studies at age 7. A precocious talent in piano and voice, Jim traveled to Luther College, Decorah, IA to study music, and earned BA’s in Music and German. Jim studied choral music under the legendary conductor of Luther’s famous Nordic Choir, Weston Noble. Jim returned home to continue his music studies at the University of Washington, earning a Master’s in Piano Performance under the renowned teacher/performer, Dr. Robin McCabe. Jim also continued his choral studies, under Dr. Joan Conlon, and eventually became a Washington State Certified teacher in K-12 Choral and Instrumental Music. During these years, Jim was a founding member of Seattle’s now critically acclaimed a cappella chamber choir, The Esoterics. Jim can be heard as tenor soloist on several of the ensembles commercially available recordings. 

Jim was hired to rebuild a once proud choral tradition at Lake Washington High School, Kirkland, in 1996. In the 18 years Jim taught at LW, his choirs became very well known, locally, regionally and even nationally for their maturity and artistry, winning dozens of awards and accolades. In addition, Jim founded the also outstanding string orchestra program there, garnering top honors, and acclaim from 2003 till Jim left Lake Washington in spring of 2014. Jim went on to found and currently still directs, two community based youth music ensembles in Kirkland, the Carillon Chamber Singers and Carillon Chamber Orchestra. Now in their second season, these ensembles are already gaining much interest and critical acclaim for their musical excellence and artistry. 

From 1992 to 2012, Jim had a wonderful 20 year relationship first as organist/pianist and then Music Director of Central Lutheran Church on Capitol Hill, one of Seattle’s most musical congregations. Currently, Jim lives with his partner Jeff Walker, in a charming 1920 Mission revival house in Everett, and loves to sing karaoke and perform cabaret shows as a fulfilling, albeit much less highbrow, musical outlet.