Our Leadership Team
Lead Pastors Jeff & Traci Espeseth
Jeff and Traci met at Life Pacific College while pursing degrees in Pastoral Ministry. Over the past 24 years, they have served God together and continue to share God's kindness, love, mercy and forgiveness with anyone who will listen. This journey has lead them through ministry adventures with children, youth and adults throughout church communities in Colorado, Iowa, California and Washington state.
The Espeseth family moved to the Seattle area in 2013 when Jeff accepted the invitation to be the lead pastor at Lifepoint Foursquare Church in Des Moines. In December 2015, Jeff was also appointed as interim pastor at Evergreen Foursquare Church in Burien. In 2016, Lifepoint and Evergreen joined into one community with the hope of creating a safe place for you to find purpose and belonging.
In addition to supporting Jeff and his leadership of Gathering Place, Traci also works as an Events Manager at a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice.
Jeff can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Assistant Pastors James & Amy Totey
Meet the Toteys! They are extremely caring and loving individuals. They are always willing to put their hands to work where it is need most. Whether welcoming newcomers, assuring the children are well taken care of, or leading us into prayer and worship, James and Amy are constant, dependable and genuine ministers.
For over 20 years, Jennifer has been leading worship at various churches and conferences within our community and beyond. Her love for music started as a little girl of 3, singing specials at churches and county fairs which led to her studing Classical Voice and Music Theory. At the age of 20, she began to radically pursue God's heart and His call upon her life.
Jenn is an anointed, true worshiper - not because she is a gifted singer, but because she lives worship, reminding us that "nothing is more powerful than when we are face to face with God." In pain or joy, her relationship with the Lord comes first. She can't wait to see how God uses her to deeply love His people, to worship Jesus wholeheartedly as one body, and to walk with us all in this life alongside our King.
Jenn loves to worship with her husband, Fred, and enjoys living in the Burien community with their five busy boys.
Children's Director Jennifer Combs
Jennifer has been involved with ministry since she was 17 years old, serving as a youth leader for more than 10 years and most recently as the Children’s Ministry Director under Pastors Jeff and Traci Espeseth.
Her career as a public school teacher compliments her time with the kids at Gathering Place. Whether it is Vacation Bible School, summer camp, or Sunday School, Jennifer wants to make learning about Jesus fun and comprehensible for all ages!
Office Administrator Karissa Marshall
Karissa spent two years at Adelphia Bible School in Ravensdale, Washington, where she fell in love with Jesus and his Church. This ignited a fire within her for ministry and service to the local church. She loves adventuring with her husband Austin and spending time with both of their big, fun families.
You can reach Karissa at email@example.com with any questions regarding church events, scheduling, and ministry opportunities.