Pastor Scott Postlewait

Lead Pastor

Pastor Scott loves working with people and communities -- bringing faith to life.  He is passionate about Church being a safe and welcoming place for all, and is delighted that Advent is a thriving community hub for people of many faiths (and none) and all walks of life.  He holds a B.A. in English from the University of Washington, and an M.Div from Wartburg Theological Seminary.  Ordained in 1991, he has served congregations in Nebraska and Texas, Campus Ministry at Texas Lutheran College and the University of Washington, and as lead pastor at Advent since October 2013.  Outside of the congregation, you're likely to find him fly fishing, sailing, and spending time with family.  He and his wife Katie are avid cyclists, and both have been bicycle commuters all their lives.  If you ask him about his kids, grandkids, or dog, chances are good he'll show you a picture or two!

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Bryant Williams

Youth & Family Director

Bryant Williams has always been a part of the church. He grew up in University Place going to Mount Cross Lutheran, where his family still attends to this day. Bryant spent his college years at Trinity Lutheran College while it was in Issaquah, WA and graduated with a Bachelor’s in

Children, Youth & Family studies with emphasis in outdoor education and Biblical studies.

Since moving back to Washington in 2013, Bryant has been serving in youth and family ministry up and down the I-5 corridor. He sits on the synod’s Children, Youth & Family

committee, works as a part of the Hospitality Team for the ELCA’s Children, Youth & Family Extravaganza each year, and loves getting out to local camps to serve and support when he has the chance. Bryant loves proclaiming God’s love for everyone and showing it to all he meets.

Bryant married his wife Stina in 2010 and they currently live in Everett, Washington with their cat Guinness, dog Lola, and 3 chickens Susan, Romy, and Michelle. When he is not at church, Bryant loves watching or playing sports, singing, being outside, reading, trying new micro-breweries, or catching up on all the different movies.

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Pastor Lee Kluth

Visitation Pastor

Pastor Lee is from Montana (Helena).  When he was 11 his family moved to Oregon to live with his grandfather on a nut farm! He graduated from Sunset High School in Beaverton.  He then attended Pacific Lutheran University, where he met Pam Bach.  They were married in September, 1969, and three weeks later flew to Japan to serve with the Lutheran Church as English Conversation teachers in the J3 program.

After three years in Japan, Lee and Pam traveled back to the States, with a five week jaunt through Europe.  Lee entered Northwestern Lutheran Theological Seminary in St. Paul  MN.  His internship was serving among the people of First Lutheran in Tacoma.  In 1976 he graduated with a Master of Divinity Degree.

Lee has been called to serve churches in the greater Seattle area:  Our Redeemer's in Ballard, Holy Spirit in Kirkland, Prince of Peace in Shoreline, and Trinity in Everett.  He was also called to be the Director of Congregation Relations at PLU.  He retired from that call in June 2014.  He has been serving as Visitation Pastor at Advent since April 2015.

Pastor Lee enjoys field trips with Pam, spending time with family, working in their yard, reading, watching sports, eating out, hiking, observing people, walking with Pam, presiding at worship, and nurturing friendships!

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Music Director - Kirsten Lysen

Kirsten is a native Washingtonian and has studied music through most of her life. She started taking piano lessons from the organist at  her childhood church at age seven and continued through high school. She continued to study piano, voice, choral education, and music theory while attending Pacific Lutheran University, so it was a natural transition for Kirsten to go into music ministry.

At Advent, Kirsten directs and accompanies the choir, plans and plays service music, and coordinates other musical endeavors throughout the year such as our Christmas Cantata and Lenten services. She welcomes any and all musical gifts and values the time and energy of all who are involved in our volunteer, non-audition music program.

Kirsten is currently singing soprano with The Esoterics (an a cappella vocal ensemble in Seattle), playing piano with The Purple Passion Swing Band, and playing keys and singing with her cover band The Late Late Risers. She lives in Mountlake Terrace with her husband Chris and their cat Tribble.

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Office Manager - Kristina Johnson

Kristina is thrilled to be joining the Lutheran community of faith at Advent Lutheran Church, as the part-time Office Manager. She studied at the University of Washington and Duke University, and spent several years working overseas in the Middle East and Africa, and on the East Coast, before returning to the Seattle area recently to assist a sick family member. Kristina enjoys writing, travel, art, nature, and spending time with family and friends.

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Digital Media Specialist - Paul Snider

A manager of people and projects, Paul Snider has succeeded academically and in life through hard work and a genuine desire to understand and walk in the shoes of others.

Achieving an Associate’s degree in architectural drafting, a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a concentration in International Relations from Pacific Lutheran University and a Master of Divinity from Luther Seminary, Paul seeks to find how and why things work and then helps others to do their part in a system.

In all these things, Paul seeks to do them for the glory of God.

It is an honor to be a part of this community.

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Bookkeeper - Irene Bizier

Irene was born and raised in the California San Joaquin Valley.  She received a degree in Accounting from California State University in Fresno.  After graduation, Irene spent 2 years working for a non-profit manufacturing company in finance and 4 years in healthcare finance.   Irene came to Washington 35 years ago to continue work in healthcare finance.  She retired 6 ½ years ago from Swedish Health Services after working for them for 28 ½ years.  While at Swedish she supported the finance department in many areas including financial systems support.


Irene, her husband Richard, and son Aaron were originally members of Christ Lutheran Church in Edmonds.  Irene and Richard were married there; and Aaron was baptized there.  Christ Lutheran became Edmonds Lutheran Church when they merged with St Mathews Lutheran Church and St Peter by the Sea Lutheran Church.  The family has been members of Advent for about 13 years.


At Advent, Irene has volunteered in a variety of areas that include church council, tellers, treasurer, finance committee, occasional angels, and ushering.  Irene has agreed to assist with the bookkeeping responsibilities for 1 year while a search for a permanent bookkeeper is done.

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