Pastor Lara lives in Bothell with her husband, Robert, and their dog, Annie. She loves to laugh, read, walk her dog, play volleyball, go to concerts, rent movies, and eat anything with chocolate. Lara loves the "Wesleyan way": personal spiritual experience of God expressed in acts of love and social justice. She is excited by ecumenical and interfaith dialogue that fosters and nurtures a more creative and peaceful planet. She studied at UC Berkeley, Duquesne University, and Claremont School of Theology. Ordained as an Elder in 2009, she has served St. Mark's UMC in San Diego, CA, Bothell UMC in Bothell, WA, and Blaine Memorial UMC in Seattle, WA.