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.
I am a long time resident of Seattle and a 15 year member of Northminster. I have two fabulous daughters and numerous cats, dogs and chickens. I like reading, gardening, crafting and opera.
I am the office manager at NPC and I work approximately 20 hours a week. I answer phones and the door, check the mail; both snail and email. I maintain the member database. I also edit the newsletter and assemble the bulletin. Northminster's a great place to work. The other staff are supportive and fun. I love interacting with the church members. It's a great way to serve the members through distributing prayer requests or answering questions. The best part of my job is using the folding machine to fold the bulletins into thirds. It's so efficient and makes a great noise!
Director of Christian Education
I was born and raised in Northern California and in 2012 I moved to attend Seattle Pacific University, where I am currently working on my BA in Theology. While I do miss my family, I truly love my new home here in Seattle. In 2014, I was privileged to start working at Northminster. I instantly fell in love with the amazing community of this church. One of the things that I appreciate the most about Northminster is the way the youth are involved in all aspects of church life, whether that is worship on Sundays or serving dinner at the homeless shelter. Our youth here are not only seen as the future of the church, but also important as members that the Holy Spirit can, will, and is currently using in powerful ways. I am so excited to have the opportunity to work with and alongside the kids at Northminster. When I am not working, you can probably find me on a long run or hiking somewhere in the mountains, rain or shine.
Eric Johnson has always pursued a dual career in sacred music and modern dance. For many years organist at the First Church of Christ, Scientist, Mercer Island Eric has been organist at Northminster since spring 2015.
Following a career as a modern dancer and choreographer Eric is now a full-time dance educator in Seattle public and private schools and a national workshop leader for the
Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, leading training for teachers and artists on integrating dance with classroom curriculum.
Kevin Gospel is very excited to join the Northminster Presbyterian team as the Choir Director. He is a versatile musician, active as a music educator, choral conductor, and worship leader in both Texas and Washington for the past two decades. Kevin also directs the Lake Washington Singers, a women's ensemble based in Redmond, WA, with vocalists ranging from 16 to 80+ years old.
He is a Doctoral Candidate at The Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies in Jacksonville, Florida. Kevin also holds Masters (Conducting) and Bachelors (Voice) degrees from the University of Washington where he also served as a Graduate Assistant for music theory program, vocal jazz choirs, and the Husky Marching Band.
He is married to the strongest, most supportive and loveliest woman he’s ever met, Paula. He is also proud to be a stay-at-home dad for his daughter, Midori. His interests include playing softball and volleyball, and chauffeuring Midori around to dance, gymnastics, kids' choir, and their weekly "Special Breakfast" dates.