Meet Our Staff

Chuck Harris

Senior Pastor
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Pastor Chuck is in his 23rd year of pastoral ministry and excited to enter his second year of service at Messiah as Senior Pastor. A graduate of Pacific Lutheran University (1988) and The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (1992), Messiah is the fifth congregation he has served in the Puget Sound area.  His passions in pastoral ministry include facilitating adult faith formation, building diverse worship experiences, and developing relationships between Messiah people and members of the greater Auburn community. Over the years, he has benefitted greatly from the works of Murray Bowen and Ed Friedman and the community of practitioners applying Family Systems Theory through Leadership in Ministry.

Pastor Chuck is married to Kirsten, and they are blessed with three amazing kids:  Thomas, Katherine, and Keegan. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, puttering around the yard and garden, cooking for his family, and teaching BodyPump group fitness classes at a local gym.

Eric Wooldridge

Associate Pastor
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/Pastor Eric has been the Associate Pastor of Messiah since January 2012.  He is active throughout the church, but has a particular passion for worship and for small group ministry.  Eric grew up in Indiana and is a graduate of the University of NotreDame and the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.  He and his wife, Nicole, are blessed with two daughters: Kiara and Adelina.

Traci Vatne, Deacon

Director of Faith Formation
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Traci Vatne has been on staff since 1989, serving in the area of Faith Formation.  Primarily, she works with our children and youth.  She is a Montana native and a Concordia College – Moorhead, MN graduate.  She is married to Bruce, a middle school counselor and coach, and the proud mom of Erik and Sarah, her two young adult children.  Traci completed her theological training and was rostered in the ELCA as an Associate in Ministry (AIM) in 2004.  In conjunction with the 2017 ELCA changes for rostered persons, she is now Deacon Traci Vatne!

In her spare time, she enjoys travelling, her family, reading books, and obsessing about her cats.

Kelly Mullin

Associate Director of Faith Formation
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Kelly Mullin joined Messiah’s staff in April 2015. She graduated from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA. and is married to Pete, an emergency room nurse. They have two children: Michael and Emily.

Lynne Inman

Administrative Assistant
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Lynne Inman is the church secretary at Messiah and has served in that capacity for 30 years. She loves to come to work each day because she enjoys serving others. She grew up in Longview Washington and has lived in the Auburn area since 1966. She and husband Sandy have 2 grown children, having lost one daughter in 2012.

Tia Monsen

Worship Manager & Communication Coordinator
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Tia serves Messiah as both Worship Manager and Communications Coordinator. Her family have been Messiah members since 2007.  Tia has her Masters Degree in Piano Peformance from the University of Montana.  She and her husband, Andrew, have two awesome sons: Ryan and Max.

Katie Walda

Organist, Handbell Director, Keyboard
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Katie Walda has been the organist/handbell director since January, 2013.  She has been playing for church services since she was 13, serving both Lutheran and Presbyterian congregations. Katie studied organ with David Babbitt, Dr. Paul Manz, as well as Dr. Phillip Manwell.  She has performed concerts in London, Rome, and in various venues in California.  She is the proud mom of one son, Matt.