Our staff is the face and voice of Northminster Presbyterian Church. From the pastor, who leads us in worship each week, to the choir director and organist, who guide us musically, to the church secretary, who greets all visitors to the church office; all are important to the life of this church.



The Rev. Dani Forbess

You can reach Dani at  or 206-783-3402



Office Manager

Stacy Kern

Stacy just began as office manager.  She's in the office half time and can be reached at  or 206-783-3402



Guinevere Saenger



Choir Director

Kathryn Smith Derksen


Fresno Pacific University, Fresno, CA

  • M.A. in Conflict Management and Peacemaking, cum laude 1998
  • B.A. in Political Science, International Emphasis, cum laude 1993
  • B.A. in Music Composition and Performance, cum laude 1993

Kathryn has experience as a choir director in Presbyterian and Episcopal congregations as well as in her own Mennonite denomination, and has directed choirs in Uganda and Chad while serving for three years in each country as a Mennonite peace worker.

Kathryn is a free-lance musician (Viola da Gamba) and composer  She and her husband, Dan, also lived and worked in Northern Ireland. They have two sons.