key characters

The plot doesn’t move forward without key characters playing their roles.

Beloved Architect

Ryan Marsh

Ryan is a community curate, theologian artist, Bonnie’s lover, babies’ daddy, and God’s beloved. As mission developer and pastor at CotB in Edmonds, WA his primary responsibilities include:

  • creative worship
  • intentional community
  • faith
  • arts
  • culture events
  • organic community gardening
  • training entrepreneurial leaders

Along with Bonnie, and their precious and precocious children, Moses, Juniper, and Simon, they inhabit Rosewood Manor, where visitors can regularly see their laundry strewn out in the backyard.

Ryan is also slow-cooking his way through a Master of Divinity degree at The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology.

Karen Kirkman
Children & Family Ministry Coordinator

Children & Family Ministry Coordinator

Karen Kirkman

As Beloved seeks to minister more intentionally to children and families, we have hired Karen for this new position as of October 1, 2014!  A word from Karen:

Having the most important job in the world – partnering with children and families on a church staff – is something I never imagined doing, but God’s ways are greater than ours.  Originally an Air Force brat born in England, my family ended up in Seattle in 1970 which I believe qualifies me as a local, homegrown, native, web-toed Seattleite!  I began a 25 year career working in countless downtown offices when I was only 12 years old (thanks Dad) which included a business degree from Whitworth in Spokane.  I was called to children’s ministry 15 years ago by Calvin Presbyterian Church in Shoreline where I still serve ½ time.  I’m married to Paul who works at Boeing and we have two beautiful, “grown” (18/Sophie and 21/Lena) daughters.  My “spare time” is spent with family, reading, a little flower gardening, and house training our new puppy, Lily.  I’m excited to get to know the children and families at Church of the Beloved and hear where you see God working in your lives and how we can come alongside you in that.  Seeing Christ in the face of each child is the most satisfying thing I can imagine.

Guide Group

The people who keep the story moving forward:

Community Life Team

  • Matt, Children, Teens, and Families
  • Laura, President & Events and Outreach
  • Open Position, Worship, Music, and Liturgy
  • Open Position, Community Groups and Newcomers

Operations Team

  • Nathanael, Vice President & Rosewood Liaison
  • Mark, Secretary & Personnel
  • Grace, Personnel
  • Andrea, Finance Secretary
  • Julie, Treasurer
  • Gary, Guide Group Consultant / Mentor

Click here for brief description of Guide Group’s ministry at Beloved