Bishop Kristen Kuempel was born and raised in Eastern Washington (with a few years in Montana for good measure). She graduated with a degree in Developmental Psychology from Eastern Washington University, and attended seminary at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. She has worked with congregations in the Twin Cities, North Dakota, Kansas and served most recently as Lead Pastor at First Lutheran Church in Kennewick, Washington.
She is a passionate supporter of campus and outdoor ministries, believing these are two areas where future faith leaders are born--leaders that will be well-equipped to face the changes that are sweeping across our culture and changing our churches in ways we still don't entirely understand. She believes that technology is a tool that can be used to create community among vast distances and across various philosophies, and will use that tool to help foster a needed sense of connection throughout the Eastern Washington-Idaho (+Wyoming!) synod.
You can follow her on Facebook at Bishop Kristen Kuempel.
Cathy has served in the Eastern Washington-Idaho Synod office as one of the Administrative Assistants since 1999. Cathy provides staff support in the areas of financial management, candidacy, and travel.
Cathy enjoys participating with and has served on the board of the Lutheran Staff Association. She is married to Mark Steiner and has two grown sons, Mitchell and Michael.
Gib comes to us from the staff at St. Mark's - Spokane, WA. A long time Spokane resident, he loves living here with his wife, son, a dog and a cat. Most of the rest of his family also live nearby. Born in Michigan, he relocated to Spokane while serving in the Air Force at Fairchild AFB. He is pleased to say that he's been a member of St. Mark's for what seems like his whole life, and has enjoyed getting to know their staff and members in that time.
He has a broad background in message sharing, having worked for and with government agencies, private businesses and non-profits in creative, teaching, training and branding roles. He enjoys blending his creative abilities and technical skills to produce communication pieces that are effective and visually appealing. He is looking forward to promoting the message of the Synod, improving the flow of communication in all directions, and helping individual congregations to do the same.