Who we are

As a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), we at Christ Lutheran share a living, daring confidence in God's grace. Liberated by our faith, we embrace you as a whole person--questions, complexities and all.

This short video tells more about us as the community of believers at Christ Lutheran. Celebrating 50 years: 1969 - 2019. A joyful look at the groundwork that would shape a half-century of ministry - and beyond - at Christ Lutheran Church, Federal Way, WA.

Want to go deeper? Visit the ELCA website to learn more about our teaching or theology, or join us for worship on Sunday!

What we believe

Saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ - free to love and serve others as Christ first loved us.

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Our Staff

Interim Pastor, Rev. Mark Peterson

Mark was born in 1954 in Virginia, Minnesota, son of a Wisconsin ELC Lutheran pastor. He grew up in Salem, Oregon and Bremerton, Washington. Going to PLU he majored in social work and religion, met his future wife Elaine Hamann and graduated in 1977. He continued his studies at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, interning in Washington D.C. and doing Clinical Pastoral Education at the Mayo Clinic.  He obtained his Masters of Divinity degree in 1981. He has served five congregations as a settled pastor, but felt the call to the specialized interim ministry with the encouragement of Bishop Wells of the EWAID synod. As a trained interim pastor he has served in Fairbanks, Alaska; Billings, Montana; Juneau, Alaska and most recently in the Spokane area with two yoked congregations.

Mark's wife, Elaine works at Microsoft as a Senior Paralegal in Intellectual Property. They have two grown daughters. Kirsten, who graduated from PLU as a registered nurse and is presently in Orange County as a nurse educator. And Kelsey, who graduated from CLU and went to USC for graduate work in Occupational Therapy. She is working at Kech Hospital in Los Angeles as a clinical faculty member of USC.

Pastor Mark has a lifelong love of aviation, building and flying radio controlled models and also flying a 1947 Aeronca Chief which he restored. Moreover, he is a musician and works with communications and technology. He is happy to be assisting the congregation through the process of defining the future mission and seeking a new settled pastor.

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katie stevenson3Katie Stevenson
Director of Music

Katie Stevenson has been the Music Director at Christ Lutheran since 2015.

She was raised in Oregon and attended Zion Lutheran, where her mother is the music director. In Oregon, she earned her Bachelor of Music Degree from Portland State University with an emphasis in vocal performance. During her time in college she was the keyboardist at Prince of Peace Lutheran in Portland. After college she moved to Alaska where she worked as a music teacher, church pianist sub and vocal soloist, and as a performer with the Anchorage Opera. She later moved to NYC and Germany to pursue her opera career, while also working as a teacher with the Piano School of NYC. She now maintains a private studio and is an adjunct at Lakeside School in Seattle, where she lives with her husband Bryan and their adorable fur babies Dobby and Arya.


Laura OlsenLaura Olsen
Office Manager

Laura and her family have been members of Christ Lutheran since 2010. In 2013, she found herself taking a break from a long career in graphic design and accepted the office position when Pastor Leapaldt retired. She manages the daily operations of the church, creates worship bulletins and publications, and finds value in working with church leaders and volunteers to equip the saints for the work of ministry.

Laura also enjoys a lifelong passion for art, music and the outdoors. She and her husband Guy are parents to three active young men - Eric, Kyle and Ian - and a very tolerant tuxedo cat named Jim-Bob.

B.A., Graphic Design, Central Washington University