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.
Teresa Bresee | Church Administrator
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Teresa grew up in Seattle and completed a B.A. through the UW, where she continues on as a part-time Administrative Specialist. She lives at Gasworks Park Marina on a boat with her partner, Ken Roach, who has applied his cooking enthusiasm to serving up some Emmanuel Sunday Dinners. Teresa is a proud doggie-mama, and enjoys horseback riding and watching the Great British Baking Show. She is our primary contact for building use, finance, and business administration. Teresa can be reached using the email address above or the office phone: (206) 632-5539.
Em Weissman | Connection & Care 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 are looking for opportunities to connect and build relationships with others in the church community!
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 directly.
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!
Emma Heath | Kids Ministry Coordinator
Emma grew up in Spokane WA where she attended Whitworth University and received a B.A. in Communication and Mass Media Studies. When she’s not working, Emma loves baking, enjoying the latest offerings of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and reading good books snuggled up with her adorable cat Nico. Emma is responsible for connecting with the needs of our families throughout the week, and preparing a safe, fun, and educational environment for kids on Sunday mornings. Contact Emma if you have questions about kids ministry or if you would like to join the team!