Rev. Dr. Bob Zurinsky | Senior Pastor
Bob was born and raised in West Seattle (and then Gig Harbor). He was originally planning for a career in medicine, and completed degrees in biology and biochemistry. After college, however, a fascination with Bible and theology took over, and he found himself in seminary at Regent College in Vancouver BC (with a little bit of Fuller Seminary and University of Oxford on the side). For 11 years before coming to Emmanuel, Bob worked in campus ministries at Seattle Pacific University, and during that period also completed the Doctor of Ministry degree at Drew University in New Jersey. Bob is ordained to Word and Sacrament in The Evangelical Covenant Church, and is married to the remarkable Dr. Danielle Reaves Zurinsky. He loves cooking (not baking), caring for his nephews, and figuring out what it means to speak and live the Christian Story in the 21st century.
Sonja Foreman | Church Administrator
Sonja was raised in the small town of Conway in the beautiful Skagit Valley. She got her undergraduate degree from SPU where she majored in Communication with a focus on non-profit work. Sonja loves to travel, cause trouble with her nephews, and hang out with the guests who stay with us at the Men’s Shelter. Besides working at Emmanuel, she also manages a cleaning business in Seattle. If you’re interested in connecting with her, stop by the office for a cup of coffee or tea. Sonja is our primary contact for building use, finance, and business administration. She can be reached using the email address above or on the office phone: (206) 632-5539.
Marxa Marnia | Temp Church Administrator (beginning August 15)
I’m a transplant from the Quad Cities (IA and IL) but grew up here in Seattle. I graduated from Cleveland H.S. on Beacon Hill, started at Seattle Central C.C. and then transferred to The Evergreen State College, before eventually attending Seattle Pacific University, where I finished my M.A. in Industrial-Organizational (I-O) Psychology in June 2019. I also have a dual B.A./B.S. and Master of Environmental Studies from Evergreen. My previous work includes project management, environmental consulting, organizational development, and staff training. I love cooking, interior design, kids, animals, books, and 80s music.
Side Note: I attempt to keep house plants alive but they’re hanging on by a thread. Somebody help.
Em Weissman | Ministry Teams Coordinator
Emily Weissman is a Seattle transplant, born and raised in sunny California. She has a B.A. from SPU and a Masters in Communication Management from USC. When she is not off organizing something, she enjoys corny dance movies, snail mail, and waffles. Contact Em if you are interested in the Congregational Care ministries at Emmanuel, or if you would like to join the monthly rotation for volunteering on Sunday mornings!
Victor Puentes Jr. | Facilities Manager
Victor lives on-site at Emmanuel and serves as our Facilities Manager – the first line of defense for maintenance and building issues. Born and raised in San Francisco and Seattle, and a graduate of the Berklee School of Music in Boston, Victor is passionate about music and community. He can be contacted for building maintenance requests through the email address above. For emergencies that can’t wait for an electronic response, building tenants may call Victor’s or Sonja’s phone numbers.
Jansen Leggett | Worship Director
Jansen grew up in Richland WA on the dry side of the state. He attended Whitworth University in Spokane where he studied classical, jazz, and sacred music. He spends most of his free time cooking, hiking, and learning to play as many instruments as possible. Jansen works with Bob to plan Sunday worship services and coordinates the music at Emmanuel. Any musicians interested in joining the team on Sunday mornings should contact him!
Other Emmanuel Contacts (volunteer positions):
Chair of the Emmanuel Leadership Team (board of trustees), Michael Frank: firstname.lastname@example.org
Co-Coordinator for Men’s Shelter Ministry, Patricia Kloster: email@example.com
Co-Coordinator for Men’s Shelter Ministry, Sonja Foreman: firstname.lastname@example.org