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.
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 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.
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.