I love to travel and I never cease to be in awe by the wonder of God's creation. While I haven't been around the world, yet, I spent 17 years in Japan as an American Baptist missionary with my wife, Tomoko, and our three children.
Now we find ourselves here in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, and working with the great people of Panther Lake Community Church.
Three words of ministry that stand out to me are Grace, Love and Life. They speak of the trinity through the amazing grace of Christ Jesus, the unconditional love of God our creator, and the fullness of life that comes through walking in the Holy Spirit. I suspect each is deeper in meaning than we ever realize.
Education: M.Div., Central Baptist Theological Seminary; MA in TESL, University of Kansas; BS in Business Ad., California State University Fresno.
Hobbies: Long walks with Tomoko; meals with my 3 children (when they are in town); teaching myself to play the banjo; watching sports-- and cheering for the Seattle teams!
Ehler Tha Win
My name is Ehler Tha Win and I am a Karen ethnic woman. I have called the PNW home for the past 14 years and feel extremely blessed to be surrounded by the different communities I have in Greater Seattle. Although I am an introvert, I love meeting people and having meaningful conversations about things that matter to them. I am humbled to be the new youth director and my goal and desire for our youths is for them to feel loved and heard and a deep sense of belonging at PLCC.
Hobbies: hiking, volleyball, badminton, karaoke
Aside from her own career as a teacher, Marilyn handles the secretary duties for PLCC. In addition Marilyn serves as the Choir Director. She has been active in the life of the church for many years, serving on the Board of Deacons, pastoral search committees, helping with Vacation Bible School, among other duties.
I am the bookkeeper of PLCC, a job I enjoy doing in service to the church and the Lord. In addition I also sing in the choir (bass), am currently on the Board of Deacons and am a worship leader. I’ve served on pastoral search committees, and the constitution committee. I joined the church in 1998 and have had a wonderful spiritual life as well as a very enjoyable social one with the members of the church. This church has filled a void that I doubt any other church could.
Minister to People of Burma
Since 2000, Gail and I have been to Myanmar (Burma) together eight times as volunteers with American Baptist International Ministries. For seven of those trips, our emphasis has been on teaching at the Myanmar Institute of Theology. The eighth trip combined visits to various missions and church organizations in southeast Asia with advocacy for the people of Myanmar, especially its Karen, Kachin, and Chin ethnic minorities.Our activities in Burma have connected with our desire to be of service to refugees from that country who have settled in the Greater Seattle area. We have ongoing relationships with Burmese-, Chin-, Kachin-, and Karen-speaking congregations and with individual members of these and other churches. My ministry with them includes preaching, administering baptism and the Lord’s Supper, youth work, leading Bible studies, consulting with pastors, and providing other services as requested. Gail and I are pleased to engage in this ministry on behalf of Panther Lake Community Church.
Education: D.Min, San Francisco Theological Seminary; M.A. (Mediterranean Studies) Brandeis University; M.Div., Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary; B.S. (Humanities and Science) Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Hobbies: Walks with Gail along the beach, cooking, reading, spending time with my children and grandchildren.