eNews – August 1, 2020 – Director of Youth and Family Ministries

Welcome to our new Director of Youth and Family Ministries

I am pleased to announce that Doug Johnson has accepted our offer to become “Director of Youth and Family Ministries” at Saint Andrew’s effective August 1, 2020. Doug was offered the position after successfully progressing through a hiring process that began the last week of April. Three candidates were interviewed by a hiring committee. These candidates also had conversations with staff, the Discipleship Ministries Committee and the Executive Committee. Doug was chosen as our Candidate of Choice and was then invited and participated in an “on-site” visit in Bellevue the first week of July. Through this process Saint Andrew’s leadership decided to offer Doug the Director of Youth and Family Ministries position.

During the past couple of years Doug has worked at The Community Church of Vero Beach in Florida in the role of Ministry Associate for Emerging Generations. In addition, he has worked as the Children, Youth and Family Minister at Hope Lutheran Church in Farmington Hills, Michigan, Director of Youth and Family Ministry at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Minneapolis, and Pastoral Intern at the Family of Christ Lutheran Church in Vancouver, Washington. He has experience in leading successful Children, Youth and Family Ministries in a variety of congregational settings which includes leading and coordinating Sunday school ministries and Vacation Bible School.

Doug earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religious Studies from California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, California. He also obtained a Master of Divinity Degree and a Master of Theology – Systematics Degree from Luther Seminary in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Doug will begin his work with us remotely from his current home in Florida. His work in Florida will emphasize establishing relationships primarily with youth and parents during this time of Pandemic restrictions. He plans to be relocated to the Bellevue area prior to starting work here on October 5th. 

Please join me in welcoming Doug into our Saint Andrew’s family as opportunities present themselves.

Blessings,
Art Gurtel, Congregation President

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