Our Current Team
Pivot NW is not only a research and innovation effort to help churches, but also a avenue for SPU grad students to hone their research and innovation talents. Because this program is longer than a typical degree program, we’ll see a diversity of faces working on the project influencing our outcome.
Rev. Derick Harris, MDiv is the Director of Seminary Administration of Seattle Pacific Seminary. A native Seattlite, Derick’s pastoral heart has a social justice orientation stemming from his work in foster care, inner-city ministry, special needs communities, low-earning families and racial reconciliation. He enjoys museums, live jazz and good coffee.
Martin Jimenez, MDiv came to work on this grant after almost a decade in administrative support at Fuller Seminary (Seattle) and a short ministry stint at University Presbyterian Church (Seattle). He is Certified Ready for Examination, Pending a Call in the PCUSA and worships at Sanctuary CRC in Greenwood where he lives with his wife, Ali, and his toddler daughter, Petra. He maintains his connection with his native California by rooting for CA sports teams and embraces the PNW by hiking with Mariners, Seahawks and Sounders fans.
Get in touch by emailing Martin here.
Jeff Keuss, PhD. is Professor of Christian Ministry, Theology, and Culture at Seattle Pacific University and is ordained PCUSA. Jeff enjoys engaging in the conversations where faith intersects with youth culture, pop culture, human development, literature, film and other practical theology concerns. You would be hard pressed to find a bigger U2 fan. However finding Jeff at formal functions such as graduation can be as easy as looking for the professor wearing a kilt.
Lauren received her Master of Arts in Theology degree from Fuller Northwest in 2017 and began working there as Office Coordinator upon graduation. She loves to stay active by exploring the Northwest’s natural beauty and participating in Seattle’s ultimate Frisbee scene. She is an active member at First Covenant Church on Capitol Hill, helping with worship and preaching on occasion. Lauren seeks to communicate the joy and hope of life in Christ through writing, storytelling, and other creative pursuits.
Eric Ford, MDiv, DMin is a first-year PhD student in the Industrial-Organizational Psychology Program at SPU. He is an ordained Elder in The United Methodist Church. His role in Pivot NW is to help congregations manage the process of change as they engage with young adults. Eric lives in Ballard with his wife Erin and daughter Skylar. He says that the best part of the move to Seattle is the wide variety of coffee choices!
Mackenzie Allison is a second-year Ph.D. student in the Industrial-Organizational Psychology Program at SPU. She grew up in Lakewood, WA and attended Washington State University for her undergraduate studies in psychology and business. She is fascinated by the idea of churches learning how to appeal to the millennial generation and is curious as to how her beliefs fit into this everchanging world. She lives in Ballard and enjoys a chips and salsa snack, followed by any walk or activity that includes dogs. Read more about Mackenzie on her LinkedIn page.
Paul Yost, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Industrial-Organizational Psychology at Seattle Pacific University and President of Yost & Associates, Inc. His work focuses on four broad areas: leadership development, change management, work-faith integration, and organizational strategy. In previous roles, Paul worked at Microsoft and Boeing focusing on leadership development and employee engagement. He lives in Seattle with his wife Sheryl and two children, Jessica and Jared who occupy all of his spare time.
Caitlinn is a student at Seattle Pacific University, working towards a Masters in Reconciliation and Intercultural Studies. She is originally from small town Pennsylvania, but thought that was pretty boring, so she served in Nicaragua, the Philippines, and Malawi before settling on Seattle. Caitlinn and her husband collect animals, and someday hope to have both more animals and a plethora of adopted and foster children. Caitlinn likes to make bread and feed people, so feel free to invite yourself over for dinner anytime.
Mathea Krogstad is a Ph.D. student in the Industrial-Organizational Psychology Program at SPU. Originally from the Seattle area, she grew up in Minnesota, where she attended the University of Minnesota Morris for her undergraduate degrees in psychology and statistics. She grew up as a Lutheran pastor’s kid and is loving the opportunity to combine her love of data analysis with her passion for the Church. She is glad to be back in Seattle for graduate school and enjoys spending her free time finding new coffee shops and hiking around the Cascades. Read more about Mathea on her LinkedIn page.
Gabrielle holds a PhD in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from Seattle Pacific
University. Through several research roles, she has specialized in studying her own age group
of emerging adults, along with providing research and consulting that benefits Christian
organizations. Her role at Pivot NW includes developing surveys, crunching data, creating and
facilitating training workshops, and measuring Pivot NW’s impact. In her free time, she enjoys
long-distance running, playing chess or scrabble, and exploring local coffee shops. Read more about Gabrielle on her Linkedin page.
Abby Sham, MTS, and current MDiv student spent the last seven years in Tennessee and is new to the Seattle area. While in Tennessee, Abby attended Lee University and the Pentecostal Theological Seminary. She has a particular interest in Christian community, hospitality, and literature. Having ties to the Church of God (Cleveland, TN) and coming from a sacramental Pentecostal church where her husband pastored, Abby brings a unique denominational blend to the Pivot team. Abby and her husband live in Edmonds and are excited to explore the PNW.
Susanna Hoke is a second-year student in the MDiv program at Seattle Pacific Seminary and is pursuing ordination through the PCUSA. She is a native of California and has a Master’s in Global Leadership from Fuller Seminary. Prior to her move to Seattle, she was the director of Mission at Bidwell Presbyterian Church in Chico, CA and serves on the board of Agros International and as an elder for University Presbyterian Church. She lives in the University District with her husband and three children. Susanna brings to the team a passion for helping young adults thrive in their faith. As a future pastor, she also hopes to learn more about helping the church hear and embrace the distinct voice and insights of young adults on life, faith, and culture.
Heather Kohlman Olsen
Heather Kohlman Olsen is a second-year Ph.D. student in the Industrial-Organizational Psychology Program at SPU. She grew up in a small town in central Minnesota and attended the University of North Dakota (UND) for her undergraduate degree. She has worked in recruiting at Amazon, and Learning and Development at UND. She is passionate about learning and development with a focus on leadership development. She lives in Queen Anne with her husband, and enjoys spending her free time exploring and hiking around the PNW. Read more about Heather on her LinkedIn page.