The staff of Central Lutheran Church dedicate their time to helping the members of our church along with the people of their communities.
Pastor Jeremy Fuerst was ordained a pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in 2011. He served as Associate Pastor at St. Timothy’s Lutheran Church in Omaha, Nebraska until starting his call at Central in December 2015.
Pastor Jeremy graduated from Midland Lutheran College in Fremont, Nebraska in 2000. Prior to seminary, he served as a youth minister in Ogden, Utah and in Omaha, Nebraska. He attended Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, California, graduating in 2010. (Because he is from Nebraska, it should be noted that Pastor Jeremy bleeds Husker red. For this reason he may require extra compassion some Sunday mornings.)
Pastor Jeremy lives in Seattle with his wife, Shannyn (who is pastor at Faith Lutheran Church in Seattle) and two very friendly and very spoiled wolfhounds, Lucy and Millie. When he takes off his pastor cape, Pastor Jeremy can be found hiking, riding his bike, attempting to climb Mt. Rainier (though never quite summiting), or hoisting a pint of craft beer. Pastor Jeremy is a Certified Beer Judge, and it is very serious business.
Peggy Kurtz grew up in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, where she began singing solos at First Lutheran Church at the age of 3. That experience eventually led her to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she earned a bachelor of music degree and met her husband, Dave (they sang in a show choir and were partners in the “Love Medley”).
Peggy & Dave moved to Seattle in 1975, and Peggy became the choir director at Bethany Lutheran Church. After moving to Everett and completing her Master’s degree in voice from PLU, she was hired as Central’s choir director in 1990.
People have commented that our choir is very high quality for its size, and Peggy takes great pride in challenging them to perform meaningful sacred choral literature.
Peggy & Dave’s daughter, Julie, is in graduate school in Boston, and son A.J. and his wife Elise live in Kansas City with their two children.
Kristi was born and raised in Everett and graduated from Everett High. She attended Seattle Pacific College and the University of Washington. After working nearly 20 years as a speech-language therapist for the Everett School Disctict, Kristi ‘retired’ and began serving as the office manager at Central. She and her husband, Bob, have been married for 35 years and have three grown sons, one adorable granddaughter, and one elderly curmudgeon cat. Kristi also serves as Central’s pianist. Favorite activities include travel, playing soccer, and reading.