About Us

 

 

 
 
 
About Us
 
 
Who We Are
 
We are singles and families, old and young.   We are White, Asian, African, African-American, and Native American.  
 
We are life-long United Methodists.  We arraised in other faiths and other churches.  And we are those raised in none at all.  
 
We are family to one another.  We are -- together -- the Body of Christ.  We strive to be open and welcoming to each person who finds their way here.  We encourage newcomers to participate in any activity of interest to them.
 
As a smaller church, we get to know each other well.  We believe this allows us to support, comfort and rejoice with each other in a very personal way.  Whether this is your first church experience, you have experienced other Church Traditions or have been a Methodist for many years, we will welcome you with open arms.
 
 
 
Our Mission
 
Through the years there has always been a focus not only on the health of our congregation but also the support of our neighbors both near and far. 
 
We participate in United Methodist ministries at home and around the world.  Disaster relief.  Agricultural work.  Health and education.  We are a host church for the Family Housing Network, serving families in transition from homelessness to independence.  We offer a Clothing Closet open to all in need without cost, and provide school uniforms in the fall, and coats for teens in the winter.  
 
 
 
Our History
 
In 1910, at the corner of Alameda and Dartmouth Streets in Fircrest, a tent was pitched on donated property.  The first religious services in Fircrest were held in that tent.  On July 28, 1912, Regents Park Methodist Episcopal church building was dedicated.  The church family grew and more room was needed.
 
In the spring of 1955, two acres on 19th Street were purchased.  It took ten years to raise the funds, but finally, ground was broken on May 30, 1965, and the first service was held on January 30,1966.  In 2012, with much fanfare we held our Centennial Celebration.     
 
 
 
Our Staff
Pastor Nathan Hollifield.   A native South Carolinian, I moved to the Pacific Northwest in 2007 to pursue a Masters in Theology and Culture at The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology. The thought of becoming an ordained minister was the furthest thing from my mind. I wanted to find myself and I hoped that somewhere in the midst of that search was an encounter with what is commonly referred to as “God.”
 
As it turn out, finding myself did include discovering a new kind of spirituality and faith – one deeply rooted in Christ as a dynamic way of life rather than simply a set of rigidly structured beliefs. I also discovered a community to live out this faith within the United Methodist Church. This experience so transformed my life that it became impossible not to share it with others. That is precisely what drew me to pastoral ministry.
 
I began my ministry with the people of Fircrest United Methodist Church in June 2015 after serving two other churches in Tacoma. I believe this is a church driven to represent Christ in today’s world through worship, faith formation, and service. My passion in ministry is creating communities of hope rooted in generosity, hospitality, vulnerability, and simplicity.
 
In addition, making deep connections, telling stories, grilling for friends, laughing, cycling for miles as well as loving, playing, and creating memories with my partner, Abigail, and our daughter, Carolina, bring me much joy and fulfillment. As an extension of my ministry with Fircrest United Methodist Church, I serve on the board of Tacoma College Ministries, am an active member of the Morgan Family YMCA, and volunteer as a chaplain and mentor for incarcerated youth. 
 
 
Office Administrator Bonnie Sweet has been a life long member of the United Methodist Church.  She graduated from Michigan State University with a BA in English and over the years has held various administrative positions.  Bonnie loves music and currently sings in our church choir as well as plays in the hand bell choir.  Bonnie lives in Tacoma with her husband of 17 years, David, and their cat, Peanutbutter. 
                                                                             
 
 
Wanda Stagner holds a B.S. in Music with Piano Emphasis.  She also has formal vocal training and performs as a soloist, in ensembles, musical theater and choirs.  As a professional musician she has directed a college ensemble and toured with three college vocal groups.  Her passion is to inspire and touch people with her music.  She loves children, has worked as a nanny and has a pampered cat named Mitzi.
 
 
 
Our Nursery is in the capable hands of Kris Andren.  She is a computer teacher at Boze Elementary School as well as working part time in the school office.  She was born and raised in Tacoma.  She has 3 daughters and a wonderful grandaughter!  She enjoys working around children.  She's an avid knitter and reader.
 

 

 
Regional Leadership
 
 
A native of MA, District Superintendent, Rev. Cara Scriven graduated from Northland College in Ashland WI and spent several years working in marketing positions in Boston and then Portland, OR.  In the Pacific Northwest Conference she has served at Wenatchee First UMC, Magnolia UMC and was Senior Pastor at Redmond UMC.  During this time she has chaired the Board of Higher Education and Campus Ministry, served on the site advisory board at Lazy F Camp, and spends part of each summer as a camp pastor for various age-level camps.  Cara and her husband, Patrick enjoy spending their quiet time raising three adorable, but not so quiet children.
 
 
 
Bishop Elaine J W Stanovsky is assigned to the Greater Northwest Area, including the Alaska, Oregon-Idaho and Pacific Northwest Conferences, following eight years serving the Mountain Sky area. In this role she led the Church to learn its history of complicity in the Sand Creek Massacre on the plains of eastern Colorado and to build relationships of healing with descendants of the massacre.
 
Bishop Stanovsky believes that God is at work in the world through our churches, and she seeks to challenge, inspire and equip the church to be on the experimental edge of Christ’s mission to the world, finding fresh ways to carry the gospel of Jesus Christ to new generations, and inviting every local church to step outside its building to engage its neighborhood.
 
She has served on the General Council on Ministries (1976-80), the General Commission on Christian Unity and Interreligious Concerns (1980-88 and 1992-96), the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (2000-2008) and eight years on the General Board of Discipleship, the last four as president.
 
Prior to her election in 2008 Stanovsky’s 31 years of ministry were in the Pacific Northwest Conference as a local church pastor, ecumenical officer, district superintendent and director of connectional ministries. 
 
She is married to Clint, an environmental consultant, and together they have three young adult sons, Axel, Micah, and Walker, and daughter-in-law, Marie Kuch-Stanovsky. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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