Christ Episcopal Church

University District + Seattle WA

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Clergy and Staff

All the clergy at Christ Episcopal Church are queer or trans.

The Rev. Shelly Fayette, Rector of Christ Episcopal Church, Seattle

The Rev. Shelly Fayette

Rector of Christ Episcopal Church
Episcopal Campus Minister to the UW

The Rev. Shelly Fayette grew up in rural eastern Washington, and spent summers in Sitka, Alaska, crewing on her dad's salmon troller. She graduated from Seattle University summa cum laude with...

a degree in Theology and Religious Studies, and worked as a nanny before attending Union Theological Seminary in New York City. She returned to the West Coast upon graduation in 2009, serving as intern to the Diocese of Eastern Oregon and as an associate at two large churches in Vancouver, WA and Salem, OR. She landed joyfully at Christ Church in the fall of 2014 and could not be happier serving this community of justice-minded, inquisitive, caring people. She happily co-parents her extremely cool/nerdy toddler with her brilliant organizer ex-spouse/best friend for life. They like books, movies, gentle hiking, and practicing how dinosaurs walk.

Staff at Christ Episcopal Church, Seattle

The Rev. Carla Robinson

Associate Priest

The Rev. Carla Robinson, a graduate of Concordia Seminary (St Louis, MO), served as a Lutheran pastor for 13 years before coming to the Episcopal Church. She was received into the Anglican Communion in 2001 and was an active member of St Mark’s cathedral for...

several years. She has served as the Administrative Assistant for Multi‑Cultural Ministry and the Secretary for Vocations in the Dioceseof Olympia. Since her ordination in 2009 she has served at the Church of the Resurrection in Bellevue, All Saints in Seattle, St Mark’s Cathedral in Seattle, the Church of the Ascension in Seattle and St James in Kent. She currently serves as associate priest at Christ Church in Seattle’s University District.

Cara Peterson, Parish Administrator at Christ Episcopal Church, Seattle

Cara Peterson

Parish Administrator

Cara is a lifelong Seattleite, having grown up in the Ballard neighborhood. Wanting to play something as loud as possible in high school, she wandered into St. Mark’s to ask to play the organ...

and has since become an active member, now singing (screaming) with the Cathedral Choir and having served as Junior Warden while on Vestry. Cara has degrees in Sacred Music and Organ Performance from Westminster Choir College (Princeton, NJ), and the University of Washington, having studied with Dr. Matthew Lewis and Dr. Carole Terry, respectively. In her spare time, Cara enjoys cooking, going to extra church, and playing with Google Maps.

Henry Lebedinsky, Music Director at Christ Episcopal Church, Seattle

Henry Lebedinsky

Music Director / Organist

Hailed by The Miami Herald for his “superb continuo… brilliantly improvised and ornamented,” Henry Lebedinsky performs on historical keyboards across the United States and the United Kingdom...

both as a soloist and with of Agave Baroque, Pacific MusicWorks, The Seattle Symphony, and Sonoma Bach’s Live Oak Baroque Orchestra. With Agave Baroque and countertenor Reginald L. Mobley he has recorded two albums on the VGo Recordings label. He has also played with Seattle Opera, The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, The Charlotte Symphony, Seraphic Fire, and Boston Revels, among others. He has been featured on American Public Media’s Performance Today, and he has performed live on APM’s Pipedreams.

An avid composer of sacred music for choir and organ, his works are published by Paraclete Press, Carus-Verlag Stuttgart, and CanticaNOVA. He is the founder and director of Pacific MusicWorks Underground, which brings old music to new audiences in unconventional (and fun) venues across the Pacific Northwest. Mr. Lebedinsky holds summa cum laude degrees from Bowdoin College and the Longy School of Music, where earned a Master of Music in historical organ performance as a student of Peter Sykes.

Staff at Christ Episcopal Church, Seattle

Heidi Hansen

Children and Youth Director

Heidi is a proud Seattle native and lover of all the quintessential Pacific Northwest treasures. Coffee, rain, oceans and mountains, to name a few. For over twenty years she has advocated for children and...

families in a variety of ways—as a teacher, nanny, tutor, and director of a children and family ministry. She earned a B.A. in Art History, a teaching certificate, as well as a certificate in non-profit management from the University of Washington. A believer since childhood, Heidi’s own faith and commitment to children has grown in both breadth and depth through each role.

Heidi currently lives in Laurelhurst and teaches in Ballard - where the first-grade fun never stops. She loves the arts, reading, and making the occasional outdoor escape to the islands and waterways nearby.

Staff at Christ Episcopal Church, Seattle

Vestry 2020

Lou Cabeen, Mary Herdell (senior warden), Danielle Hope, Gene Leonardson, Wes Ono, Ellen Perleberg, Eric Vegors, Todd Voelker, Kathleen Ward