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Pastor

Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Rev. Jennifer Castle received her undergraduate degree and Master’s degree in social work from the University of California at Berkeley. She specialized in gerontology, specifically working with those with dementia and their families. She and her husband Don relocated to the Seattle area in 1994 and Jennifer continued her social work career until their children were born.

​After staying home with their children for a few years, Jennifer went to work part-time coordinating volunteers at Plymouth Church, UCC in Seattle. While there, Jennifer felt a growing call to ministry, and became especially excited about helping people of all ages connect their faith to their daily lives. Jennifer eventually became the Director of Faith Formation and then an Associate Pastor.

​Jennifer received her Master of Divinity degree from Christian Theological Seminary and was subsequently ordained into the United Church of Christ. Jennifer is passionate about the power and potential of the local church to make a difference to the surrounding community and beyond.

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Artistic Director

Deeji comes from a diverse musical and performing background which began in childhood. From a young age Deeji performed regularly at church.

In her early twenties Deeji began her studies in classical voice, where she was encouraged to pursue a career in opera. 

Before college graduation, Deeji was invited to audition for the Seattle Opera, where she went on to perform roles such notables as Renée Fleming, Ben Heppner, Susan Graham, Jane Eaglen, and Carol Vaness. Deeji was a Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Regional Finalist. 

In 2008 she put together a children's choir who's performances raised money for those in need. During this time she was asked to form a community choir at the church and subsequently worked as their music director for eight years. She then formed the Northwest Firelight Chorale, where she has served as Artistic Director and Conductor for the past eleven years.

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Janet Morris

Office Manager

office@ucc-ccmi.org

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