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Church Staff


Rev. Sarah Wiles - Pastor

Rev. Sarah Wiles grew up in North Carolina, earned her M.Div. at Union Theological Seminary in New York City and has lived in Los Angeles and Ann Arbor, Michigan. She and her husband are thrilled to now call Tacoma home. She was called to Bethany in 2011 and has fallen in love with the vibrant worship, friendly people and their passionate commitment to God’s justice. Email Pastor Sarah


Erin Bathurst - Director of Music

Erin moved to Tacoma in 2002 to attend University of Puget Sound where she earned both her Bachelors and Masters Degree in Teaching.  She teaches at Elmhurst Elementary School in Parkland, WA.  When she is not teaching or conducting at Bethany, Erin sings with the Seattle Jazz Singers, a professional singing group in Seattle.  Erin has really found a home here at Bethany and is so thankful for the generous and supportive congregation.


KayAnna League - Christian Educator

KayAnna League joined Bethany in July 2012 as its Christian Educator. KayAnna is a graduate of Pacific Lutheran University, where she studied elementary education. She and her husband are parents of two beautiful daughters, Teá and Lucy.


Brenda Miller - Church Musician

Brenda Miller, from Kent, Washington, graduated from University of Puget Sound in 2015 with her Bachelor of Science in biology with a double major in music. While at UPS, Brenda played piano and bassoon in Puget Sound’s Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, and chamber ensembles. She’s performed with the Olympia Symphony Orchestra and the Coeur D’Alene Symphony.


Dezerae Overman - Child Care Provider

Dezerae Overman is the Child Care Provider for Bethany. She is a student at University of Washington Tacoma.


Katie Sutliff - Office Administrator

Katie was born and raised in the Puyallup Valley where she is a lifelong member of First Christian Church of Puyallup (Disciples of Christ) where she attends with her husband, Tim. Katie comes to us from a variety of professional office backgrounds as well as some culinary experience.


Rev. David T. Alger - Parish Associate

Rev. David T. Alger is a Parish Associate at Bethany. He retired from Associated Ministries in 2009 after serving for 30 years as Executive Director. In his retirement, he is enjoying serving in various community organizations and taking on an increased role at Bethany. David does pastoral calls, teaches and preaches on occasion, and assists with community outreach. Email Pastor David


Rev. Carol Rawlings - Parish Associate

Rev. Carol Rawlings is a Parish Associate at Bethany.  Ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), she retired in 2012 after serving congregations in Southern California and across Washington State.  Finding a spot in Bethany’s choir, Carol does pastoral calling, preaches on occasion, assists in worship and enjoys involvement in community/ecumenical programs.

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