Meet the Staff
Steve Lympus, Head Pastor
I love being Pastor at Shadle! This is a pretty incredible congregation that loves Jesus, and wants our neighbors to experience his great Love. People here really know how to pray, and most of us are actively involved in small groups and local ministry.
I have the great joy of being married to Laura, who grew up in Southern CA, and now works as a Care Engagement Coordinator for Big Table (www.big-table.com). We have two amazing boys, Theo and Gauge, and a giant dog named Maynard (not pictured).
I grew up and went to college in Western Montana, and went to seminary in Vancouver (BC). Together with Laura, we’ve lived in Seattle (WA), West Yellowstone (MT), and most recently in the East Bay Area (CA). Living in Spokane feels “just about right”.
We enjoy reading, watching movies, cooking (and eating!), finding new restaurants (and eating!), hiking, bike-riding, sledding, cross-country skiing, wrestling, and our spontaneous Family Dance Parties. -Pastor Steve
Matt and Alyssa Bell, Yoked Co-Associate Pastors
Matthew and Alyssa are called as Yoked Associate Pastors to both Shadle Park Presbyterian Church and Community Presbyterian Church.
Matthew Bell was born in El Paso, TX and traces his faith journey back to his growing up years in the Southwest. After graduating from New Mexico State University, he pursued and received a Masters in Computer Science from the University of Pittsburgh. Having sensed a strong call to pastoral ministry, Matthew attended Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, graduating in 2006 with his Masters in Divinity. In 2007, he began PhD studies in Historical Theology at Durham University in England and has recently completed his PhD program. As part of his yoked call Matthew “tent-makes” by teaching at Gonzaga University in the Computer Science and Religious Studies departments. Besides these formal dimensions of his vocation, Matt also is an avid homebrewer and likes playing role-playing games.
Alyssa Bell grew up in Spokane, WA. After graduating from Whitworth University with degrees in Theology and Church Music, Alyssa worked for several years as the Director of Music at a church on the West Coast of Washington. Alyssa began her seminary work at Fuller Northwest in Seattle and then transferred to Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in 2009 to finish her Masters in Divinity. In 2008 she met and wowed her husband, Matthew, who she then married in July of 2009. Two years later, God blessed them with a precious daughter, Theresa Joy, who Alyssa raises in partnership with Matthew with a gusto and panache to match the wee bairn’s enthusiasm for life. In addition to embracing these disciplined blessings, Alyssa is an occasional composer and inspires her otherwise nerdy husband towards a healthier, active lifestyle.
John Edmondson, Family Ministries Director
John is the Family Ministries Director for SPPC. John grew up in northern California, and attended Whitworth College where he met his wife while participating in a ballroom dancing class. John enjoys most sports including basketball, football, baseball, racketball and tennis. He also enjoys photography, singing, ballroom dancing and camping. Favorite Bible verse: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 "Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus."
Eileen Wilmot, Office Manager
Eileen is married and has 7 children and many grandchildren. Eileen enjoys reading, garage-saling, playing games, and the Seattle Mariners. Favorite books: The Source, Little Women, The Scarlet Thread, and The Kite Runner. Favorite Bible verse: Psalms 30:4-5 "Sing to the Lord, you saints of his; praise his holy name. For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning."
Others serving SPPC
Tom Shook, Music Director
Alexa Hamon, Nursery/Childcare Coordinator
Eileen Hartzog, Treasurer
George Stephens, Custodian
Shadle is a congregation:
If you would like to learn more about our congregation, please read our Mission Study issued by the Mission Study Task Force in May 2012.
Our Presbyterian Heritage
What are Presbyterians? Mainly, we believe in the sovereignty of God, the authority of scripture, justification by grace through faith and the priesthood of all believers. So how are we different from other Christians? Basically, we're not. But we have a history of reformed theology and a way of governance that we have shared with other believers around the world since the early 1500s.