Staff & Leadership

The team of staff and leaders at RUMC takes great pride in serving the church and wider community! Below you will find some of the people who strive to make RUMC a great place to love, serve, and grow.


We value the safety of all who walk in our doors. Each member of staff - and many of our leaders and volunteers - have been trained by MinistrySafe. For more information, click here.

  • Rev. Lara Bolger

    Pastor - Contact

    Pastor Lara lives in Bothell with her husband, Robert, and their dog, Annie. Lara loves to laugh, read, play volleyball, go to concerts, and eat chocolate and is passionate about "the Wesleyan way": personal spiritual experience of God expressed in acts of love and social justice.


    For more on Pastor Lara, click here.

  • Debbi Harper

    Office Administrator - Contact

    Debbi, a native of California, has lived in Sammamish since 1984. Before becoming a church administrator, she spent 20 years as a Montessori teacher. She loves the Seahawks, hanging out with friends and family (including her husband Brian and children Nathan, Michael, and Amanda), and shoes!


  • Sarah Tandy

    Early childhood caregiver

    Sarah is a Washington native. She has worked in Early Childhood Education for over 20 years. Sarah stepped down in 2014 due to cancer, which she finally conquered in 2016. She love to cook and do photography.



  • Yinka shojobi

    Early Childhood Caregiver

    Yinka came originally from Nigeria. She is a retired Medical Laboratory Technologist who moved to California to be with her family and take care of her grandkids. Yinka moved with her family to Washington in August 2018 and now lives in Redmond. She loves reading, swimming, knitting, and cooking.

  • Dean Gorseth

    communications Coordinator - Contact



  • Bob Wright

    Music Director - Contact

    Born in Ballard, raised in Bellevue, B.A. in Music Ed. (Seattle Pacific), Bob represents the letter B in Redmond. Besides making bad jokes, he enjoys playing multiple keyboard instruments (including accordion) and using music as a platform for the exploration of the Great Mystery.



  • Matthew Kruse

    Chancel Choir Director - Contact

    Matthew grew up in the Seattle area and loves mountain biking and music! He has directed the RUMC Chancel Choir since 2005 and also teaches band, orchestra, and choir at local high schools, is a private French horn instructor, and directs music with the Orchestra of Flight and Twelfth Night Productions.


  • Sheryl Caldart

    "The Group" coordinator and Handbell Director - Contact

    Sheryl has served in RUMC music ministry since 1984, and has been involved in handbells and accompanying choirs since she was a child! Sheryl works for Northshore School District's Occupational/Physical Therapy Department and enjoys spending time with her husband, Dana, and their daughter, Catlyn.


  • Amy Mayes

    Artist in Residence

    Amy has ventured a long way from where she was born in Jonesboro, Arkansas. She is a graduate of Cornish College of the Arts, has been working as a professional actress since 2012, and is proud to serve as RUMC's Artist in Residence.