Staff

Rev. DJ del Rosario, Lead Pastor

Rev. DJ del Rosario (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - @pastordj) is a husband, father, University of Washington (UW) Husky fan, pastor and an author. He met his best friend and wife Elaine in seminary. They have three amazing daughters who are the source of their joy.

DJ serves as an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church. He went to the UW (Go Huskies!) for his undergraduate education and because they have the best sports teams in the world. DJ attended Princeton Theological Seminary for a Masters in Divinity. He has served as an associate pastor in suburbia, solo pastor in rural America and currently serves as the Lead Pastor of Bothell United Methodist Church (www.bothellumc.org). Bothell UMC is one of the largest United Methodist Churches in attendance in the Greater Northwest Episcopal area that has grown by more than 40% since 2012. In 2017, Bothell UMC is moving to a multi-site model in collaboration with United Methodist Church conference leadership and support.

DJ is the author of the book “Wind in the Wilderness”. This Lenten study provides, a seven-session Bible study that calls our attention to the issues of justice in today's world. His book explores the continuity between prophetic emphasis and Jesus' proclamation of the kingdom of God. Designed to be used by individuals and small groups during the season of Lent. Each chapter includes questions for reflection or discussion, a brief prayer, and a focus for the week.

He served on the Advisory Team for the United Methodist Confirmation curriculum. DJ has contributed to spiritual disciplines books such as “Disciplines”, Upper Room Devotional and various blogs. Recently he has contributed to video discussions of James A. Harnish's book, "Make a Difference: Following Your Passion and Finding Your Place to Serve". He loves a great cup of coffee, social media, technology and spending time with his family.

Rev. Joseph D. Kim, Associate Pastor

Prior to coming to Bothell, Rev. Joseph D Kim (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) served as Minister to Young People at Salem United Methodist Church in Harlem, New York. Before entering parish ministry, Joe was the Director of Children’s Rights Advocacy at the General Board of Church and Society of the United Methodist Church in Washington, D.C., where he focused on policy and advocacy efforts to combat human trafficking and promote equal education opportunities for all children. He has also served as Director for Community Care at Spark12, Senior Associate for Membership Development and Services for the Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations, and Program and Administrative Assistant at the General Board of Church and Society of the United Methodist Church, United Nations Office. He has traveled around the world as a speaker, workshop leader and facilitator, encouraging people of faith to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with God.

He has studied at the University of Michigan (B.A. in English and Political Science 2007), Princeton Theological Seminary, and Claremont School of Theology (M.Div. 2017).

Joe is the husband to an incredibly talented artist and justice-seeker, Joann; dad to their fun-loving, music-playing son, Asher; and best friend to their dog, Leigh. Joe is loves being outdoors and traveling, and enjoys all things music and sports.

Rev. Sarah Casey, Second Site Pastor

Rev. Sarah Casey (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) is an ordained an Elder in the United Methodist Church. She is a graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University and Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary. Prior to serving at Bothell United Methodist Church, she served in the Northern Illinois Conference.

A lifelong United Methodist, Pastor Sarah has a deep appreciation for Wesleyan theology. She is also passionate about intergenerational ministry and the ways in which partnering across generations can deepen our understanding of who God is and strengthen our faith.

Pastor Sarah is excited to be partnering with Bothell United Methodist Church to launch a second ministry site in northwest Seattle.

Celeste Deveney, Director of Program Ministries

Celeste (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) has worked at Bothell United Methodist Church in many capacities since 2000, serving as Children’s Ministry Coordinator before moving to her current position. She now works with the pastors, ministry teams and church committees in living out the vision of Bothell United Methodist Church to become “Christ in the community.” Celeste is passionate about faith formation, congregational care and service to others.

She writes novels for fun and is involved in several local writing groups. She’s married to the love of her life, Seattle actor, John Deveney. Their son, Ian, is a swimmer and is studying to become a teacher. Rounding out the family is Yaz, whose chief responsibility is keeping the backyard bunny-free.

Nicole Dibble, Director of Children's Ministries

Nicole (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) comes to serve at Bothell UMC with over 10 years experience teaching Visual Art to pre-k through 8th grade children where she worked to build partnerships within schools and communities. She has a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Art Education.

Nicole was raised in the United Methodist church and experienced the power of God’s love through the strong church community. When her boys became active in our church's Children’s program, she gained a new appreciation for how caring personal relationships and meaningful activities enrich family life.

Nicole loves to engage in arts and cultural events in the area and to be outside and active with her husband Chris and her sons Owen and Lucas.

Curtiss Gibbs, Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministires

Curtiss (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) joins our team, having served as a Youth Minister for over a decade in Georgia and North Carolina. Curtiss has also served in college ministry at the University of Georgia and in camping and retreat ministry in the PNW through Camp Indianola. He loves serving youth and young adults as they discover the how God has created them to have an impact on this world. In addition, Curtiss and Shannon have also served as part of Life for Children Ministry since 2006, an HIV/AIDS and vulnerable children ministry in Kenya. They have served in various ways from raising support and awareness to leading multi-church teams through short term mission trips. Curtiss is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science emphasizing in Child and Family Development. Currently, he is pursuing his Master of Divinity degree with emphasis in Children at Risk through Fuller Theological Seminary Northwest.

Curtiss is married to Shannon, and they have a dog, Yargo, and a cat, Hanalei. They love to travel, kayak, hike, and spend time in community with family and friends. Curtiss is also an avid sports fan, rooting for the Seahawks, Sounders, and the ‘real’ Dawgs of the University of Georgia!

Kristin Joyner, Director of Community Engagement

Kristin (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) serves at our Director of Community Engagement. She will graduate from Claremont School of Theology with a Master’s in Ministry, Leadership and Service in the summer of 2017. Kristin is passionate about serving others especially those Jesus chose to serve first: the homeless and poor, strangers in the community, widows and orphans.

Kristin has made several trips to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and has worked to develop relationships to support the Jaama Letu orphanages and Methodist churches in the DRC. Kristin is also passionate about the plight of the homeless in our communities and strives to develop and strengthen partnerships between faith based groups, local governments and regional social service organizations.

Jeremy Matheis, Director of Music

A man of diverse musical interests and talents, Jeremy (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) came to Bothell United Methodist Church having last served as Director of Music at Sand Point Community United Methodist Church in Seattle. Currently he directs the Chancel Choir, Chant Choir, Handbell choir, and leads the Worship Ensemble at the 10:30 Wings service. In addition to his duties at Bothell, he is also the Conductor and Artistic Director for Choir of the Sound based out of Shoreline. Jeremy continues to sing weekly with and is the Associate Director for the Compline Choir at Saint Mark’s Cathedral. He also serves on the board of the Greater Seattle Choral Consortium, and is Co-Chair for their biannual Seattle Sings! festival.

Using an energetic and unique approach to teaching vocal technique, Jeremy has gained recognition for his work with choral ensembles. His experience is broad, embracing conducting, barbershop, teaching, singing, church music, and Pre-K music education. He received his B.A. in Music from Trinity Christian College in Illinois while pursuing advanced studies in vocal pedagogy and conducting. Jeremy then relocated to Seattle for graduate study with Dr. Geoffrey Boers and Abraham Kaplan at the University of Washington.

He lives in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle with his husband, Jeffrey Ricco (who sings in many of his choirs), along with Spartacus, their lop-eared rabbit.

The two enjoy hiking, snowshoeing, and spending time with friends and family.

Nola Nelson, Pianist/Organist

Nola Nelson (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) is a third generation church accompanist and has played for BUMC for several years. She and her husband, Brian Nelson, met in the church choir. They also are members of the Concord Choir, are in a Scandinavian performance dance group, play guitar and nyckelharpa in a band, and sing Scandinavian folk songs. In her “copious” spare time Nola enjoys hiking, biking, gardening, and discovering new restaurants. Nola and Brian live in Bothell with their dogs Verna and Dakota and cats Onyx and Miss Mauve.

Sharon Ryder, Wonderfully Made Coordinator

Sharon (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) joined our staff in 2014 as the coordinator for Wonderfully Made, an inclusive ministry of Bothell UMC that supports and engages people of all abilities and their families to fully participate in the life of the church. She graduated with a degree in Music Education from Anderson University (IN) and is currently pursuing her M.Div. at Seattle Pacific Seminary heading toward ordination as a Deacon in the United Methodist Church. Sharon has a passion for radical hospitality and making sure that everyone has a place at the table!

Prior to being on staff at BUMC, Sharon served as the Communications Coordinator and Office Coordinator at Edmonds United Methodist Church. Originally from Ohio, Sharon, her husband Andrew, and two sons, James and Braden live in Lynnwood and love exploring the beauty and the diverse culture of the Pacific Northwest.

Barb Donovan, Administrative Assistant

Barb (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) joined the staff of Bothell UMC in November of 2013. Barb and her husband, Brian, and their two sons live in the Kenmore area. She enjoys time with her family, hiking and road trips.