Kurt Willems ::: LEAD PASTOR

Kurt Willems (M.Div., Fresno Pacific) is the founding pastor of Pangea. He is also a graduate student at the University of Washington focusing on early Christianity, Greco-Roman Religions, and Classical Languages. Kurt writes for various print and online publications including his site The Pangea Blog and is also on TwitterFacebook, and Google+. His latest project is The Paulcast: A Podcast All About the Apostle Paul, which has been featured on iTunes "new and noteworthy" for spirituality & religion podcasts.

Through his Patheos blog, Kurt writes broadly on themes related to Anabaptism within post-Christendom. Inviting the church to see the beauty of a nonviolent Jesus and the subversive nature of God’s Kingdom are just some of the key issues he engages. Kurt also utilizes the blogosphere to wrestle with various other theological, missional, formational, and cultural topics. Through speaking and writing, he urges others to both know and follow the resurrected Jesus on a countercultural mission of love. 

Prior to planting Pangea, Kurt served in various pastoral capacities, including student ministries. He and his wife Lauren (special education teacher) moved to Seattle in the summer of 2013. They are the founding church planting couple, along with their daughter Lydia and puppies Sadie & Mylee.

To get a basic "feel" for Kurt's approach to Christianity, you might start with his popular article: "8 Signs that you Might be an Evangelical Reject."


  • All things pertaining to vision, values, & strategy
  • Teaching Pastor
  • Active in a Village
  • Curriculum and Liturgy
  • Sunday Gathering design 
  • Mentoring of Pastoral Staff and Church Board
  • Theological ethos
  • Social media
  • Other stuff...


Brett Thatcher ::: PASTOR FOR Sacred Space

Brett Thatcher is a writer, church planter, and the Pastor for Sacred Space at Pangea in Seattle, WA. He is passionate about the flourishing of others. When he isn't guiding our music and production team or engaging in Christian community, he works in the coffee industry. You can catch up with Brett on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.




  • Original member of the pastoral team from day 1 of Pangea 
  • Leads our music and production team
  • Helps shape Sunday Gatherings into sacred space
  • Active in a Village
  • Other stuff


Andrew Shaffer ::: PASTOR FOR Transformation & Administration

Andrew is a graduate of Taylor University and spent several years helping to lead a church near Atlanta, GA before moving to Seattle in 2013 to join the launch team for Pangea. Andrew is passionate about the growth and healing that happens as we walk through life in community together and discover reconciliation with God, each other, and our own souls. As Parker Palmer said, "We can be peacemakers in our small part of the world only when we are at peace within ourselves." In his role as Pastor for Spiritual Formation, he functions as a resourcer for our Villages, specifically in areas pertaining to spiritual transformation/discipleship (Circles). Andrew enjoys immersing himself in Pacific Northwest beauty, small Seattle coffee shops, good music, engaging books, and authentic conversations.


  • Resourcer for Villages, especially in matters of spiritual formation and pastoral care
  • Active in implementing the various aspects of Pangea's vision
  • Helps connect new people to relational opportunities at Pangea
  • Other stuff

EMAIL Andrew

Aly Thatcher ::: Kids Coordinator

Aly Thatcher is a graduate of Azusa Pacific University with a BA in Sociology (2015). She is passionate about kids and has various experiences with them including as a nanny. In her role as our Pangea Kids Coordinator, she takes her love of children and dreams up tangible ways to engage them in community, spirituality, and mission. 




  • Guides the early creation of our children's ministry
  • Kids volunteers oversight
  • Program leader for Sunday kids gatherings for age 0 - 5th grade
  • Active in the life of a Village
  • Other stuff


Mailing Address

PO Box 70406
Seattle, WA 98127