Marathon Kids Pastor
Rachel leads volunteers and kids at our Marathon campus. She and her husband, Derek, along with their two children, Ellie and Zeke, worship with our Marathon family as well.
Originally from Joelton, Tennessee...Rachel has lived in Middle Tennessee nearly her whole life and attended Middle Tennessee State University (BS in education & EdS in curriculum & instruction) for undergrad and Tennessee State University for her masters (MEd in administration & supervision). Rachel and Derek (and Ellie) moved to Seattle for two years to help with a church plant...and their son, Zeke, was born there). She worked in public education for 13 years doing a variety of things — classroom teacher, ELL teacher, instructional coach, and assistant principal. When asked how she met Derek, Rachel said...
"Derek and I met 6 weeks before I graduated from high school. He was in a band with my best friend's boyfriend and they introduced us after a show. I thought he was so cute!"
HEAR FROM RACHEL...
Favorite Travel Destination:
PNW!! and National Parks; anywhere that is mountainous and breathtakingly beautiful
Things to Eat or Drink:
Mexican food, pizza, almond croissant, decaf latte
Jasper — a Tamaskan (Husky mix) who looks like a wolf
Spending time with people, hiking, camping, exploring, reading, photography
Trolls soundtrack, Jack Johnson, Ingrid Michaelson, Manchester Orchestra, Death Cab, Jimmy Eat World, Foo Fighters, Explosions in the Sky, whatever Derek recommends :)
14 Gospel Principles (Paul David Tripp), Let's All Be Brave (Annie Downs), Present Over Perfect (Shauna Niequist), Draw the Circle (Mark Batterson), Redeeming Love (Francine Rivers), Garden City (John Mark Comer), Stargirl (Jerry Spinelli)
You've Got Mail, Mary Poppins, The Little Mermaid, Jason Bourne series