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BEN ROBINSON

PASTOR

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My name is Ben Robinson and it is a great privilege to serve at Urban Grace. I am from Spokane, WA and attended Whitworth University where I studied religion, philosophy, and peace studies.  After graduating in 2003, I moved to Cairo, Egypt to start a youth group at an ecumenical Anglican church and pursue a Masters degree in Middle Eastern Christianity. During my time in Egypt, I married my college classmate, Emily, and soon moved to Princeton, NJ where Emily began her career as a nurse and I attended seminary.  Following seminary we returned to Egypt where I served as an associate pastor in the same Anglican Church and Emily worked at the US Embassy.  In 2012, Emily and I returned to Washington so Emily could begin a Doctorate in Nursing at UW.

I feel truly blessed that my arrival in the Northwest coincided with Urban Grace’s search for a new pastor two years ago. I love church communities, particularly those that provide the space to think and wonder about God’s unrelenting love and recognize the duty and joy of serving those in need. Urban Grace is a community that lives out these values in her service to those on the margins and in its acceptance of us “perfectly imperfect” folks. Urban Grace shares my personal passion for the arts and the belief that art is one of the many media through which God is revealed to us.

I love running, good food and drink, art, sports, travel, getting out into the mountains, and conversation (which will likely bounce around and hit on many of these things that I love). I’d love to meet you, so please shoot me an email.

JENNIFER DEAN

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

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Hello! I’m Jennifer Dean and I’ve lived and served in the Tacoma area for over 20 years. I grew up on the Oregon Coast and came to Tacoma for college at the University of Puget Sound. After two years in college ministry post undergrad, I went back to school at Fuller Seminary (Northwest) and received my Masters of Arts in Theology. I’ve worked with churches for most of my professional life and have been at Urban Grace since 2008. I love the variety of behind the scenes and administrative work that I get to do but I especially believe in the vision of Urban Grace to be a welcoming community for all.

My husband, Sean, and I were marred in 2004 and we have one son, Jamil. Our family loves to eat and play well, watch good movies (sometimes with superheroes), and enjoy our friends and family. My best days involve walking my dog, reading, interesting conversation, and dessert.

MICHAEL CLARK

AMERICORPS MEMBER

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KENNY COBLE

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

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SHEILA KOVATS

YOUTH AND CHILDREN

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FACILITIES STAFF

JUSTAN LARSON

FACILITIES COORDINATOR

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STEVE CASSIO

MAINTENANCE SUPERINTENDENT

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