About Us



We believe that Northminster is a home for all who dare to hope that God is radically in love with the world.  We believe that this means that all are welcome, young and old, queer and straight, Ballard native and recent arrival, deeply Christian and newly curious.  We are anchored by our commitment to a traditional liturgy and robust worship.  We believe that our practice of worship changes the way that we engage in the world.  



We believe that Jesus, the image of the invisible God, was fully human.  So we take great joy in our humanity and in our community.  We strive to be a warm and welcoming community in each expression that we gather.  There is always room for one more chair at the table.  



We believe that the work of the Holy Spirit emerges through community and authenticity.  At Northminster, service and devotion are the rhythm of our lives.  We are strongly committed to social justice and serving our neighbors in need.  

Check out our Serve page to find ways in which we are partnering with our community. 

Our Staff

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Dani Forbess


Office: 206-783-3402
Facebook: Dani Forbess
Twitter: @daniforbess

Dani Forbess was born and raised in the Bay Area and began to call Seattle home when her family uprooted to the Northwest in the early 1990's.  She studied English Literature at Seattle Pacific University and then graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary in 2002. Dani served in Belfast, Northern Ireland during the course of her studies and then earned the Parish Pulpit Award to continue in overseas service.  She and her husband, Doug, lived in Cape Town, South Africa where they both served at Mowbray Presbyterian Church.  She returned back stateside for a call as an Associate to First Presbyterian Church of Granada Hills in the greater Los Angeles area.  

Doug and Dani have three children, and have had their balancing abilities greatly strengthened as they have shared in parenting. Before coming to Northminster, Dani was a practitioner in the work of Faith Formation for Children and Family Ministries at University Presbyterian Church.  

The Forbess Family has relished the move to the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle and is actively engaged in community work.  Worshipping in a small local church has brought the work of Christian service where it belongs, back on the ground.  You can find Dani throughout the Ballard landscape on any given day listening to others about what God is up to in this corner of the Northwest.  She'll probably be holding more books than she can carry.  

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Jeny Carlson

Associate Pastor for Formation and Outreach

Pastor Jeny handles all communications, as well as providing direction to our Formation and Outreach events and programs. She comes to NPC with a background as a science teacher, ministry work with youth and young adults, and hospice chaplaincy. Currently, Jeny works for Adult Protective Services when not serving at Northminster. She has a passion for how people develop spiritually over the course of their entire lifetime, believing that our faith formation does not stop when we graduate high school or college, but is constantly being challenged and deepened as we move through the normal events of daily living. If you have an article or item for our weekly email or monthly newsletter, send it to jeny.carlson@northminsterpres.org


Zac Calvo

Associate Pastor of Community and Youth

Zac leads our youth and Sunday School classes, as well as supports NPC’s connection with our community and neighborhood. He served here as a pastoral intern in 2016, and returns to us following his graduation from Princeton Theological Seminary. He has a background in liturgy and music, as well as mental health chaplaincy and has a passion for presenting scripture and theology in a way that is affirming, accepting, and accessible to all ages.


Charlie Delavan

Office Manager

Charlie is a therapist working with children and families in the Seattle area. She is also a writer, artist, and recreational theologian. She loves traveling, learning, and embracing her inner child.


Eric Johnson


Eric Johnson has been organist at NPC since 2015 and is a long-time sacred musician. Committed to deepening and extending the message of each worship service for each attendee, he shares music from the last 6 centuries for organ and piano in a wide range of genres (gospel, jazz, classical). His focus is to choose music that will touch your heart and spirit, and sometimes, set your toes tapping. 


Miriam Anderson

Music Director

Miriam Anderson is thrilled to be a part of the Northminster Presbyterian team! Miriam finished her masters of music in choral conducting at the University of Washington in 2017. Miriam has worked with a number of different community and college choirs in both Seattle and the San Francisco Bay Area. Apart from directing the Northminster Presbyterian choir, she also directs Piccolini level of the Seattle Girls Choir, and frequently performs as a conductor, vocalist, and percussionist.