Pastor Chavaleh ForgeyPastor Chavaleh Forgey

Coming home to the Pacific Northwest after a 20 year absence, it is my absolute joy to be here at Christ Lutheran Church – a unique, loving, and welcoming faith community.  I have been married to my husband Lim since 1997, and we have been partners in ministry for our entire adult lives.  We have three wonderful adult children – Faith, Cameron, and Erin – and a few furry family members as well.  As a bi-vocational pastor, you can also find me at work as a voice teacher, conductor, and theater producer.  My pastoral call, ministry, and life is built upon the joyful proclamation of the gospel in all ways and circumstances.  In my own life, this means loving God through loving others in as many ways as I can for as long as I can.  It is my deep conviction that human beings are called to abundant life through Jesus Christ, and that faith community is an essential part of that abundant life.  All are welcome here – and I really mean that.  I hope that you will find CLC Federal Way to be a joyful home characterized by love of each other and love of neighbor and stranger.

If you have any questions or pastoral need, please contact Pastor Chavaleh at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at (559) 305-0308


Lim ForgeyLim Forgey
Minister of Music

Lim has served as a full time minister of music in large ELCA churches around the United States for the last 27 years. He has assembled, trained and conducted large choirs, choral ensembles, liturgical/classical orchestras, brass and string ensembles and festival concerts, including Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, Dan Forrest Requiem for the Living, the Faure Requiem, Handel’s Messiah and Vivaldi’s Gloria to name a few. Lim is passionate about church music, training the next generation of church music leaders and expanding their understanding of liturgy and its execution. Lim is also a contemporary worship leader, with knowledge and expertise in the new music of the church and how it can be used with care in modern worship services.

Lim’s distinguished international performance career in opera, concert, and oratorio has included Lieder recitals throughout Germany, principle roles in grand opera (works by Verdi, Puccini, Mozart, et cetera) as a dramatic baritone in the US and Europe and extensive solo work with several major symphony orchestras.

Lim has a Bachelor of Music Degree from Washington State University and a Master of Music with distinction from California State University Fresno.

Returning to the Pacific Northwest in support of wife Chavaleh’s call to ministry, Lim is currently a pre-doctoral instructor in private voice, class voice, and language diction at the University of Washington in Seattle and pursuing his Doctor of Music in Vocal Performance.

If you have any questions or music interest, you can reach Lim at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Tammy Lam, Office Manager

Tammy has just recently returned to Federal Way, after spending some time caring for her grandmother in CA. Through this time in CA, Tammy found her call to go into ministry. She values connections with people from all blocks of life.

Tammy is currently a second year seminary student at United Lutheran Seminary (ULS) and looking forward to her studies in theology and church history. Tammy resides with her husband, Vic, in Federal Way and CLC has very much been a part of her family.   If you have any questions,

you can reach Tammy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at  (253) 927-6969