A native of Seattle, Rev. Comer has a deep spirit and a pastor’s heart, who feels called to walk with folks wherever they are on life’s journey, offering compassion, care and grace through her life and ministry. Her passions for ministry are lived out in worship, preaching, teaching and music, small group study and prayer, as she is committed to help people grow in faith through encounters with God and God’s Word, and for each person to come to know themselves as loved by God and gifted to serve God in their lives. She feels God has gifted her in church organization and administration, community outreach and development, and ministries of social justice.
Karen moved to the beautiful PNW/Cougar Mountain when her father retired from the Air Force. After earning her BA in Business Management from Whitworth University in Spokane, she was beckoned back to Seattle where she met her husband Paul. Following the birth of their two daughters, Karen was blessed to have a 20 year adventure serving as the Children and Family Ministry Director at Calvin Presbyterian Church in Shoreline. With an empty nest, a new adventure was calling. Karen and Paul sold their home of 29 years in North Seattle, and moved to Covington in January of 2019. After a year-long sabbatical, Karen is thrilled begin a new chapter at Cornerstone, getting to know the children and families by serving as the Children’s Ministry Director. Karen enjoys good coffee and walking with friends, as well as spending time with her family, gardening, and exploring Washington.
Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest Conference of the United Methodist Church. I grew up at Spokane Valley UMC, and then went on to pursue a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English at Washington State University. At WSU, met and married my husband Bryan. We have been married for over 27 years. We have lived in Black Diamond and now Covington since college. I am mom to three boys. I have been an active member at Cornerstone for over 24 years. When I am not being wife and mom I love travel and photography.
I am excited to serve in my church and to be that cheerful voice on the phone and that smiling face to greet you on Sunday mornings.
Youth Director – Felicia Johnson
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Felicia Johnson joins Cornerstone UMC after spending a few years with the youth at Mountain Vineyard Christian Fellowship. Her passion and love are the youth in her community. She is married with three kids. Felicia has coached numerous basketball teams and provided individual training to many young people since graduating from college in 2000. Recently, God has put the youth of Cornerstone on her heart, and she feels very blessed to have the opportunity to serve and love them. As she connects each week with youth both in and outside of the church, she hopes to give an example of what it means to follow Jesus through her teaching, her mentoring, and her life.
Chuck has been staff musician at Cornerstone for over 20 years. Stylistically Chuck came from a rock background, performing professionally in Northwest-based rock bands since high school. At 29 he quit the band he was in to better serve the Lord with his music, a decision he has never regretted. Along with his wife Debi and three children, he formed the “Buser Family Band” that performed together for over ten years. They won the Washington State Christian Talent Contest in 2002, produced a well-received CD of original music and performed on television and at many venues. Chuck is also a music professor at two local colleges and gives guitar lessons locally as well.
Custodian – Lorena Saxton
Lorena feels blessed to work with such a dedicated group of people who serve the Lord. She grew up in the South End! Some day Lorena would like to hike the Wonderland Trail around the base of Mt Rainer. And she says that if she ever came into a lot of money she would buy a house by Green Lake so she could walk around it everyday. Lorena has 20+ years of cleaning experience and loves what she does. Her goal at Cornerstone is to see the church grow in a clean and sanitary environment.