of Coram Deo
We believe that Jesus Christ offers rescue and grace to the lost and found, the skeptic and altruistic, the hopeless and dreamer, the bored and satisfied.
We relate and engage by welcoming honesty as we struggle, and by seeking renewal as we show grace to others. We are enlivened by all ages of worshipers, promoting cross-generational wisdom and service.
We respond and act by challenging the dominant culture with biblical convictions while gaining understanding of our identity in Christ. We commit our hands to graciously push against the corruption of sin and neglect. We yearn to help Spokane flourish by partnering with others who are committed to the ideals of Kingdom living in our city.
We worship by continually recalling the life, death, resurrection, and return of Jesus. We behold and celebrate creation and the artistic beauty all around us.
We’re transparent and accountable. Coram Deo's presbyterianism provides layers of accountability and transparency. We are members of the Pacific Northwest Presbytery or the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA)
Coram Deo Resources
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Coram Deo staff
Reverend J. Kyle Parker
Kyle Parker was born and raised in Longmont, Colorado. He studied sports medicine while working for the athletic department at Colorado State University. It was during college that Kyle became a Christian—but he initially had no interest in becoming a pastor. The idea of ministry eventually developed through a series of conversations and questions and an increasing respect for the history and place of the church.
Kyle earned a master of divinity degree from Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, and worked on multiple college campuses with Reformed University Fellowship. He served as the senior pastor of Cascade Presbyterian Church in Eugene, Oregon, before coming to Spokane.
Kyle, his wife, Gretchen, and their son and daughter are excited about Spokane. They see the cultural similarities Spokane shares with the Rocky Mountain front range. “Spokane has an intersection of land, urban life, universities, and a great community increasingly aware and concerned about building a great city,” says Kyle. “All of that dovetails well with the Gospel notion of ‘shalom’—the universal flourishing we are drawn toward in our work, rest, and play.”
Assistant Pastor Matt Bostrom
Matt grew up in Colorado Springs, CO and attended Colorado State University. During his (many) years of college, Matt became involved with Reformed University Fellowship and started to feel the pull towards gospel ministry. He served as an intern with RUF for two years at the University of Florida – a hot, humid shock to his Colorado roots, but a great place to proclaim Christ.
During this time, Matt met Callie (another RUF intern) and after falling head over heels, they married in 2011. In early 2012, Matt and Callie moved to Charlotte, NC for Matt to attend Reformed Theological Seminary. He recently graduated, and they are very excited to be serving the church and students in Spokane.
Matt and Callie enjoy being in the great outdoors, playing and watching sports and games, and good conversation while sipping delicious coffee.
Worship and Music Staff
Dana Peterson, Worship and Music Arts
Hi, my name is Dana Peterson. I am a Spokane native who has always loved the Inland Empire for all of its natural beauty. My wife, Stefani, and I have three children, Ben (22), Rachel (19), and Abby (15). After graduating from Whitworth University in ’95 I pursued a 17 year career in education and am currently enjoying a new vocation as a Massage Practitioner. I like bird watching, bike riding, fishing (when I get the chance), and I love to sing/play songs that point me to the finished work of Christ.
Melissa Visser, Media Assistant
Melissa was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Growing up, she moved around the Midwest, and she studied graphic design at Dordt College. She grew up as a pastor’s daughter and has always recognized and supported the important work of the church community. Melissa has never been a part of a church plant before, and she’s happy to watch the church grow. Melissa enjoys swing dancing, playing video games, and reading.
Children’s Ministries Staff
Sarah Weimar, Director of Family & Children's Ministry
Sarah is a Georgia native, having been raised in Savannah, where she was a member of the historic Independent Presbyterian Church in downtown Savannah. She’s lived elsewhere in Georgia, in Augusta and Athens - but is very happily transplanted to the beautiful Inland Northwest with her husband Richard and their two daughters Agnes (3) and Petra (1).
When she isn’t hiking or adventuring with her family, she’s probably baking, knitting, reading a book to her daughters, or taking photographs. She is excited about the opportunity to homeschool her girls in the coming years, and hopes to pursue ministry training to become a lay counselor. She is excited to work with Coram Deo, to serve the families of the church and community.
Helen Ween, Children's Ministry Assistant
My name is Helen Ween, I've lived in Spokane almost seven years and I
am studying early child development and education. I enjoy hiking,
baking, music and have a few tutoring jobs.
I am so thrilled to be working with the Coram Deo Children's Ministry and serving the church community.