Lead Pastor & Elder //
Paul led the planting and establishing of Alathia Community Church in 2005. Alathia became Soma Issaquah in 2010. Paul holds a Ph.D. in U.S. History from Washington State University. He leads a missional community in the Issaquah Highlands.
Youth Pastor //
Tyler is our Youth Pastor. Before moving to Washington, he earned his BA in Ministry through the Antioch School of Church Planting and Leadership Development. Tyler, his wife Erin, and their daughter Gracie live in Issaquah Highlands.
Pastor & Elder //
Rich led the planting and establishing of Emmaus Road Church in 2006. He holds a B.A. in New Testament from Oral Roberts University and an M.Div. from Regent College in Vancouver BC. Emmaus Road became a part of Soma Eastside in 2012. He serves as an elder and oversees various ministries of the church.
Erika coordinates our Sunday morning worship gathering and various administrative areas of the church. She is married to Archie and Kayden is their son.
Soma Kids Director // //
Michele serves as our Soma Kids Director recruiting and training leaders, discipling parents and helping our kids from birth to 5th grade encounter the love of Jesus.
Director of Finance //
Chad has been on staff at Soma Eastside as our Director of Business and Finance since 2010. Some of his areas of responsibility are: annual budget, human resource, vendor contracts, financial systems and general accounting. Please keep Chad in prayer as he serves in this vital role within our church.
ON MATERNITY LEAVE //
Administrative Assistant //
Julianna volunteers her time as our Administrative Assistant and communications expert. Julianna lives on the Eastside with her husband Jay. She has three grown kids and enjoys keeping people connected to God's mission, sending emails and playing golf.
Brian serves Soma Eastside as one of our elders. He is committed to equipping the church to serve the needs of the hurting and the marginalized. He lives in Issaquah with his wife Kim and their three kids. He is also a fearless mountain-biker.
Jason lives in Sammamish and serves on our elder team. He is excited to see the Eastside transformed by the love and grace that Jesus has for all people. He and his wife Misty have four kids and lead a Missional Community. He enjoys cycling and skiing powder.
Nick has been an elder with Soma Eastside since 2013. He holds a BA in Business Administration from Washington State University, and an MA in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary. He leads a Missional Community with his wife Colleen.
Lisa Widener is our Deacon of Benevolence. She works hard to care for the people in the church and in the community with the resources God has given us. Lisa oversees the Benevolence fund and believes we all have something to give and receive from the body of Christ. Her desire is to see the gospel transform people's lives in a holistic way. We are so grateful for her hard work that points us away ourselves and highlights Jesus.