The Reverend Kate E. Wesch was born and raised in Oklahoma. She received her Masters of Divinity from The Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas. She has served three Episcopal Churches: St. John the Baptist, West Seattle; Church of the Holy Spirit, Vashon Island; Epiphany Parish, Seattle; and now, returning to St. John the Baptist, West Seattle. She began her ministry at St. John the Baptist in 2017.
Kate was ordained to the priesthood at St. John the Baptist in 2007 and served as Associate Priest briefly alongside then rector, The Rev. Peter DeVeau. She then served one year as Interim Priest-in-Charge at Church of the Holy Spirit, Vashon Island. For eight years, Kate served the community of Epiphany Parish, Seattle as Associate Priest. As a priest, Kate is passionate about sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ as it transforms our daily lives, giving us strength and courage to become the people God calls us to be.
Kate and Joel, her husband, have a daughter, Avery, and a son, Myles. The Wesches have called West Seattle home for more than a decade and look forward to many more years in this wonderful community.
The Reverend Emily Tanis-Likkel, UCC, grew up in West Michigan and relocated to Seattle in 1997 with her husband Brett. Emily and Brett live in West Seattle with their two children, Eva and Day. Emily earned her Master of Divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary and was ordained in 2005 at Eagle Harbor Congregational Church, United Church of Christ on Bainbridge Island. She served as the associate pastor for six years. She most recently served Valley and Mountain United Methodist Church in Columbia City as Minister of Spiritual Play. In addition to being St. John’s first Family Life Minister, Emily also teaches at Hope Lutheran School. Emily loves to read, write, cook and dance.
David Ruberg “discovered” the Episcopal church while an organ major at the University of Oregon. He moved to Seattle on June 15, 1969, to work at Olympic Organ Builders, where they built a dozen instruments. He also joined the choir at St. Mark’s Cathedral and was appointed assistant director/organist by Peter Hallock. He resurrected the international recitals by renowned organists on the Flentrop organ, and was curator of the organ. He also expanded the cathedral print shop in order to better promote the organ recitals.
Needing to earn a living, he then specialized in typography, which became graphic design and IT management in commercial printing. Meanwhile he continued to be a substitute/interim church musician/organist for nearly 200 congregations until called to St. John the Baptist in 2004.
Wayne Heuschele is a born and raised West Seattleite. He and his twin brother were adopted at five days old to a wonderful Christian family. At three years old, they started taking tap lessons performing at USA shows and school assembles for 15 years. They were dedicated in Presbyterian church at an early age and Wayne was baptized in 1980 at St John's. Before St John's, he attended West Side Presbyterian church when school friends invited him to participate in the summer camp program. After high school graduation he attended Highline College, graduating with an Associate of Art degree in data processing. When the military draft came calling, he decided to enlist with the Air Force and spent three years in Spokane. Wayne met Mary and in 1967, they married at West Side Presbyterian church. After being discharged, Wayne worked at Seafirst Bank, now Bank of America, where he continued for thirty-two years. They started attending SJB in the early 70's. Mary and Wayne have two grown children; Dorotheann and Eric; six grand children, ages 34 to 18, and five great grandchildren ages 13 to 1 year. He has been the Sexton at St. Johns for the past three years.
Lyn Fulkerson is that rare beast: a 4th generation Seattle native. She grew up in Bellevue, then went to the University of Washington. Having spent nearly 25 years in the San Francisco Bay area, she returned home in 2016. In California she worked a variety of jobs, from a corporate litigation paralegal to reference librarian to numerous jobs as a freelance cellist, even working with Richard Gere and Max Minghella for a movie, and three years as an administrative assistant at a large church in Berkeley. Since moving back to Seattle, she has worked as a paralegal, for KING FM, and continues to play cello in area orchestras. She has been a cello teacher since the age of 15 and continues to enjoy teaching. She has 15 years of experience as a paralegal, working on behalf of different corporations, and on trials from Seattle to San Diego. She earned her Master of Music degree from San Francisco State University and her Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Washington. She enjoys playing music, hiking, reading, and appeasing her two 18-pound cats.
Rebecca Thompson is our Bookkeeper. She provides finance and accounting support to the Rector, the Treasurer, and St. John’s Parish. In addition to her duties here, Rebecca is a certified paralegal who also runs payroll for her family company and works part-time as an Extended School care program teacher at Hope Lutheran School in West Seattle. Her extensive background in business makes her an asset to our team.
Rebecca graduated from Washington State University with a degree in business administration. She also holds a Paralegal Certificate from the University of Washington.