WHAT IS THE WESLEY CLUB?

Open and affirming of LGBTQIA people, The Wesley Club is committed to exploring questions of faith, justice, and community.  As a student run organization, we partner together to develop richer senses of self in community, deeper relationships with God, and more active lives of justice.

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STAFF

Christie Dahlin

Associate Campus Minister

I am excited to get to know Wesley Club this year as the Associate Campus Minister. I grew up mostly in Fresno, CA and moved to Seattle to go to Seattle Pacific University. I have since graduated and am now almost done getting a Masters of Divinity at Seattle University. When not studying or hanging out at Wesley Club, I am often outside, either hiking, biking, cross-country skiing or simply sitting outside reading. People who know me, know that I love going out to coffee with people and sharing about life and our stories. I feel most welcomed by others when I am invited to join conversations, especially when in a new space. My hope for Wesley Club this year is to welcome more SPU students to the wonderful Wesley community.

Sam Koekkoek

Director of Empathy Dopeness

Hi! I use he/him/his pronouns. I’m in my third year as a Master of Divinity student at the Seattle School of Theology and Psychology. I was born and raised in Springfield, Oregon before moving up north for graduate school. After I finish school (but will I ever???) I hope to teach and write about christian mysticism and queer theology from an asexual perspective. In my spare time, I enjoy singing and playing guitar, keeping up with pop culture, and reading. My hope for my first year on staff at Wesley is to encourage, empower, and advocate for folks to believe in their worth and gifts. People who really know me, know that I never stop asking questions. I feel most welcomed by others when we’re able to move beyond small talk and be genuinely curious about one another.

Nica Sy

Advocacy and Activism Fellow

Hi! I’m a junior at the University of Washington studying entrepreneurship; gender, women, and sexuality studies; and most recently, law, societies, and justice. I was raised in Kent, Washington, where I currently live with my family. After graduation, I hope to do faith-based organizing work to envision and create liberated and life-giving communities. I hope to do the intersectional work of LGBTQ+ and racial justice, bringing to center those historically marginalized by faith structures. This year, I’m so excited to keep making deeper connections with my Wesley community, and to guide us in connecting with the community around us. In my free time, I’m usually going to see a movie (maybe Booksmart…for the fifth time) or getting bubble tea. People who really know me know that I have (an embarrassingly long) list of favorite bubble tea spots. I feel most welcome when someone takes a moment to laugh with me!

Allie Pires

Music and Community Engagement Fellow

Hey! I use she/her/hers pronouns. I’m from Mountain View, CA and I’m majoring in Medical Anthropology and Global Health at UW Seattle, graduating this spring! I’m planning on pursuing a master’s degree in social work after graduation and am interested in working in public policy. When I’m not drinking coffee and studying at Wesley, you can find me leading Unleashed! A Capella, UW’s only non-audition a Capella group, thrifting something vintage, or baking anything sweet. I’m so excited for this year and I can’t wait to see our community grow and change as we all learn to care well for ourselves and one another. People who really know me, know that I am a huge science nerd, I love to get passionate about people’s favorite theory or newest scientific obsession. I feel most welcomed by others when I can be both goofy and vulnerable, my favorite communities have always involved space for both.

Hailey Jensen

Communications and Outreach Fellow

Hello! I use she/her/hers pronouns. I am currently a junior at the University of Washington, studying Nursing and Disability Studies! I was raised in Kent, Washington but spent a lot of time in Seattle growing up. Some things I like to do in my free time include finding new music, going to hot yoga and playing piano. After graduation, I hope to work as registered nurse in women’s health or pediatrics while continuing volunteering in various recreation inclusion programs. This year, I look forward to finding new ways to make our Wesley community inclusive to people of every ethnicity, ability and socio-economic status. People who really know me know that I am completely obsessed with coffee! I feel most welcomed when others take the time to get to know me.

Martin Saunders

Campus Minister / Executive Director

Raised in Southwestern Virginia, I graduated from the College of William and Mary in 2008 with a not-so-profitable English major.  After college, I moved to Washington, DC, I got married, and spent most of  my twenties building community, paying rent, and eating great food.  We moved to Seattle in 2014, and I graduated from Seattle Pacific Seminary with a Masters in Divinity in 2017. Last December, we welcomed our first baby, Eloy.  While the rainy reason is still hard for us, my wife and I have fallen in love with the PNW’s epic beauty.  On any given weekend, you might find me adventuring through the mountains, exploring new worlds in sci-fi/fantasy, or being creative in either the wood-shop or the kitchen.  In my believing, thinking, and living, I seek to upend structures of oppression, to reconcile divisions in the church, and to build communities of hope, learning, and laughing.

 

Amid all the fun I had at my fraternity, my college experience was still defined by a struggle to figure out who I was and where I fit in.  It was a chance to hide from some hard parts of my story, and confront others.  The Wesley Club is place to belong--for all of you to belong: all your stories, all your identities, all your beliefs, and all your doubts.

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