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
Dani has roots in Northern California, and her husband, Doug, is a Southern California Native. They’ve been married 17 years, and between them both, they’ve spent a lifetime in the Pacific Northwest - so they are true West Coast hybrids. Dani and Doug, and their three children, all spend their days working and learning in Ballard. It is that fantastic Seattle neighborhood that has enough coffee shops to keep parents awake and is close enough to Safeco field for raising ardent baseball fans.
You can reach Dani at or 206-783-3402.
Stacy just began as office manager. She's in the office half time and can be reached at or 206-783-3402
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.