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Colbert Presbyterian Church

4211 E. Colbert Rd.
Colbert, WA 99005

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Eric E. Peterson: Pastor/Head of Staff

Eric Peterson, Pastor/Head of StaffMaryland is where I grew up, but the Pacific Northwest has always felt more like home to me, having spent every summer of my childhood in the Flathead Valley of Montana. Whitworth University is where I did my undergraduate studies, followed by two years as a carpenter building houses in Spokane. Reluctantly, I heeded the call to pastoral ministry by first attending Princeton Theological Seminary (a 3-year exile back to the east coast), followed by seven delightful years as an associate pastor in Tacoma, and then, beginning in 1997, as the founding pastor of Colbert.  More recently I completed a doctorate in Semiotics and Future Studies through George Fox Evangelical Seminary. Accompanied more by a sense of gift than accomplishment, my dissertation was largely the result of our two decades-long immersion in the practice of “living our baptism.”

I have three adult children (Drew, Lindsay and Sadie) from a previous marriage, and am now well-married to Elizabeth. Together, along with Grace, Isaac and Eli, we have a rich family life, and frequently enjoy hosting people in our home-in-the-woods for meals, play and conversation.

If you were to catch a glimpse of me on my day off, depending on what time of year it is, you might find me working on a project in my wood shop, hiking in the hills, swimming in a lake, reading a book or attending a soccer game.

Being a pastor is, I believe, what I was made for, and it is a great gift to serve and to love, and to lead this beloved congregation. Read on to learn more about the rest of the people who staff this church. They are among the finest people I know!


Diane Freelander: Parish Associate


Mindy Smith: Parish Associate


Brenna Stanfield: Interim Director of Children's Ministry


Brenna StanfieldAfter spending my childhood in the midwest, my parents moved us to the Spokane as I began high school. Though it took some time to settle into this new land, the PNW became home and I have loved it ever since...from long summer days spent at Green Bluff to snowy winter months full of skiing on nearby mountains, it still strikes me as magical and I'm so grateful to live in this corner of the world.  
I attended Mead High school, graduated from Whitworth University, and spent three years learning to live on the west side while working as a youth director at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Stanwood, WA. I graduated from Princeton Seminary with an MDiv, and served as the Pastor of Adult Discipleship at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Boise, ID. My husband and I have been married since 2005, and we moved back to Spokane in 2010 just a few weeks before our second child was born. Shortly thereafter,  I started teaching Bible & Theology classes part time in Whitworth University's Continuing Studies program. Last year I also began working as Colbert Preschool Co-Op's Director, and am now serving as the Interim Director of Children's Ministry. Alan works as a football coach at Whitworth University and we have four kids whom we adore, so life is full of much joy, some chaos, and lots of laundry. We love being outside, hiking and skiing, growing things in our backyard, playing games, eating popcorn and watching movies on Friday nights, spending time with friends, and curling up by the fire to read books together. Life for us oftentimes feels like a gift, sometimes is full of frustration and heartbreak, and yet through it all I am convinced that God loves us so deeply and draws us near in Christ.



Lesley Groe: Administrative Assistant

Lesley GroeI am a Spokane girl, born and raised.  As a matter of fact, I grew up in Colbert and have such sweet memories of tubing The Little Spokane River (before life jackets were a thing), horseback riding in areas that are now much more populated, and just living a sweet and carefree life that a childhood in the country afforded me.

What a joy it has been to raise my own children in this beautiful corner of our world.  My vocation for most of my adult life has been as a “stay-at-home mom”, raising four children who are now amazing adults ranging in ages from 32-20 yrs. old.  I’ve often told people that I worried about this stage of life.  I love being a mom and those years that were filled with Kool-Aid stains and chaos, were some of my favorites.  I have been happily surprised that these years with adult children are just as sweet and hold new gifts that I hold dear.
Tim and I are recent “empty nesters” and I am in awe of God’s perfect timing (as always) in our lives.  The opportunity to work at Colbert Presbyterian Church, as your administrative assistant, came along just when I was asking “what’s next?” I love my church family and consider it such a gift to be able to work with people that I love, in a place that I love, serving people that I love and all in the name of Jesus.


Benjamin Brody: Director of Music Ministry 

Benjamin Brody, Director of Music MinistryI grew up in Portland, and attended Whitworth University as an undergraduate, majoring in music education. After a brief stint as an elementary music teacher, I spent four years as Director of Music at First Presbyterian Church, Seattle where I lived the joys and challenges of music ministry in an urban setting and began graduate studies at the University of Washington. In 2003 I returned to Whitworth, where I teach courses in church music, music history and appreciation, and am Director of Campus Worship.

Outside of my teaching and musical activities, I love spending time with my family (wife Sarah, and sons Sam and Noah), reading, and traveling.
I believe that perhaps nothing shapes our faith life more than the patterns of weekly worship as a part of a Christian community. It is a high privilege and a joy to plan and lead worships services each week for this community.

Marissa Kuuskvere: Director of Youth

Marissa KuuskvereI grew up on the south side of Spokane, attending Ferris High School and the youth group at Hamblen Park Presbyterian Church's. I studied Theology at Whitworth University after going through the Compass program at Camp Spalding, where I discovered my calling towards youth ministry. Whitworth helped me hone my skills as a minister, and after I graduated, I began working for an organization called LeaderTreks Youth Ministry that leads mission and wilderness trips as their Wilderness Program Manager. While at LeaderTreks, I led backpacking trips, weekend training events, and missions trips all the way from the hollers of Kentucky, to the reservations of Southeastern Montana. 
I love all things that include play and the great outdoors. You can find me mountain biking, hiking, swimming, or paddling on a day off. The best part of these activities are the connections I can see to my walk with the Lord. Whether it be the angle of my paddle in the water, or the planning that goes into a trip, they all can teach me, and everyone who will listen, how to better glorify Christ and what He did for us on the cross.  


Nancy Maroney: Custodian

Nancy Maroney
We appreciate the excellent care Nancy gives to our facilities which are heavily used 7-days a week.