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Meet Our Staff

Meet Our Staff

Kurt Willems ::: LEAD PASTOR

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Kurt Willems (MDiv, Fresno Pacific, MA in Comparative Religion, UW) is the founding pastor of Pangea Church. His passion is resourcing Christians to engage their faith in intelligent and humanizing ways, which he facilitates through his website Theology Curator. He is the host of two podcasts, the first of which is The Paulcast: A Podcast All About the Apostle Paul, which has been featured on iTunes "new and noteworthy" for spirituality & religion podcasts. His latest project, Rapture Drill, is a podcast dedicated to helping folks deconstruct and reconstruct their understanding of the so-called end times. Kurt writes for various print and online publications including his Patheos hosted blog, The Pangea Blog and is also on TwitterFacebook, and Google+. His latest project Kurt's academic work focuses on the historical Paul within Judaism and the Roman Empire. 

Kurt writes broadly on themes related to Anabaptism, historical background of the New Testament, spiritual formation, and Paul within his ancient world. 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 and teaching pastor roles. He and his wife Lauren (special education teacher) moved to Seattle at the end of summer in 2013. They are the founding church planting couple, along with their daughters Lydia and Chloe, along with their 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" or "Paul Didn't Believe in the Rapture. Neither Did Jesus. Neither Should You."


  • 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...


Jenn Shaffer ::: Pastor for Spiritual Connection


Jenn's passions about prayer, diversity, and community in the Church are the focus of her role here at Pangea. She believes that every individual can pray, that prayer tends to look much more diverse than we may think, and that with Jesus it is possible to pray as one corporate, interconnected church family without fear of our differences. In her role as Pastor for Spiritual Connection, Jenn works to create space and resources for individuals to connect their spirit to God, themselves, and their Pangea family as they gather on Sundays, Villages, and within ministry teams.

Jenn comes from a wide variety of church involvement and pastoral roles, which have enriched her understandings of God and Church, even (or perhaps especially!) through the brokenness and challenges along the way. She has 10+ years experience of counseling and pastoring youth (aged 10 to 25 years old) in the Davis, Redding, and Santa Cruz, CA areas, as well as helping start a church plant near Grand Junction, CO as a musical worship leader and Core Vision Team Member. Jenn first became acquainted with Pangea Church at the launch service in September 2015.

In her free time, Jenn enjoys being creative with music and writing, and delights in practicing her very novice skills at watercolors. Good coffee, science fiction books, and any hike in the Pacific Northwest are a sure recipe for a smile and happy heart.


  • Prayer Team Ministry Leader

  • Facilitator and Resourcer for Prayer Gatherings

  • Assists in shaping Sunday Gatherings as a prayerful space

  • Musical Worship Leader and Oversight

  • Village Guide Curator

  • Helps implement the various aspects of Pangea's overall vision

  • 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 Transformation, he functions as a resourcer for our Village groups and our retreat cohorts. 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

  • A guide and organizer of our quarterly retreat process

  • Active in implementing the various aspects of Pangea's vision

  • Helps connect new people to relational opportunities at Pangea

  • Other stuff

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2400 NW 80th St. #186
Seattle, WA 98177 



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Books to Read

Books to Read

Love books? Desire to lean into asking questions? Well, we've compiled a list of books to help you do exactly that. So, brew a cup of coffee, sit next to the window as the rain drizzles, and enjoy a great read.

The following list of books are to make you think, question, and grow. Pangea Communities doesn't endorse every page of every resource. Rather, we hope these books will help refine your faith, even where you might have disagreement with a particular author. All books listed are either "beginner" or "intermediate" level reading with the exception of those mark with an [*]. Some books are listed more than once because of their relevance to a particular category. The first list is where we recommend starting: reading books that inform the values and convictions of Pangea.

Start Here: Books to Explore our Values

Inclusion – Communities of love offer embrace, not exclusion.

  • The Cost of Community: Jesus, St. Francis and Life in the Kingdom by Jamie Arpin-Ricci
  • Practicing the Way of Jesus: Life Together in the Kingdom of Love by Mark Scandrette
  • Unclean: Meditations on Purity, Hospitality, and Mortality by Richard Beck
  • Disunity in Christ: Uncovering the Hidden Forces that Keep Us Apart by Christina Cleveland

Peacemaking – We practice nonviolence and contend for others.

  • A Farewell to Mars: An Evangelical Pastor's Journey Toward the Biblical Gospel of Peace by Brian Zahnd
  • Fight: A Christian Case for Nonviolence by Preston Sprinkle
  • Jesus For President: Politics for Ordinary Radicals by Chris Haw and Shane Claiborne 
  • The Myth of a Christian Nation: How the Quest for Political Power is Destroying the Church by Greg Boyd
  • Thin Places: 6 Postures for Creating and Practicing Missional Community by Jon Huckins
  • The New Parish: How Neighborhood Churches Are Transforming Mission, Discipleship and Community by Paul Sparks, Tim Soerens, and Dwight Friessen

Hope – The world as it is, isn’t the world as it will be. 

  • Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church by N.T. Wright
  • Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived by Rob Bell
  • Razing Hell by Sharon Baker
  • God's Shalom Project by Bernhard Ott

 Mystery – Ancient faith fosters wonder and refuses to put God in a box.

  • The Naked Anabaptist: Bare Essentials of Radical Faith by Stuart Murray
  • Ancient-Future Faith: Rethinking Evangelicalism for a Postmodern World by Robert Webber
  • The Meal Jesus Gave Us by NT Wright
  • A Generous Orthodoxy by Brian McLaren

Transformation – Knowing and following Jesus makes us more human.

  • The Good and Beautiful God: Falling in Love with the God Jesus Knows by James Bryan Smith
  • Invitation to the Jesus Life: Experiments in Christlikeness by Jan Johnson
  • Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals by Wilson-Hartgrove, Claiborne, and Okoro
  • Renovation of the Heart by Dallas Willard

Spiritual Transformation

  • The Bible (preferred translations: Common English Bible [CEB] or New Revised Standard Version [NRSV])
  • Practicing the Way of Jesus by Mark Scandrette
  • Everything Belongs by Richard Rohr
  • The Sign of the Cross: Recovering the Power of the Ancient Prayer by Bert Ghezzi
  • The Divine Hours: A Manual for Prayer (series) by Phillis Tickle
  • Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals by Wilson-Hartgrove, Claiborne, and Okoro
  • Naked Spirituality by Brian McLaren
  • Celebration of Disciplines by Richard Foster
  • The Good & Beautiful God by James Bryan Smith
  • The Good & Beautiful Community by James Bryan Smith
  • The Divine Conspiracy by Dallas Willard
  • After You Believe by N.T. Wright
  • Renovation of the Heart by Dallas Willard
  • The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence

Bible Study

  • Common English Bible: Study Bible (a favorite Bible at Pangea Communities!)
  • The New Testament For Everyone Series (Matthew For Everyone, Etc.) by N.T. Wright
  • The Old Testament For Everyone Series by John Goldingay
  • How to Read the Bible for All its Worth by Gordon Fee and Douglas Stuart
  • The Art of Reading Scripture by Richard Hays and Ellen Davis*

Christian Living/Inspiration/Memoir

  • Undiluted by Benjamin Corey
  • Blood Brothers: The Dramatic Story of a Palestinian Christian Working for Peace in Israel by Elias Chacour
  • Jesus Feminist by Sarah Bessey
  • A Year of Biblical Womanhood by Rachel Held Evans
  • Irresistible Revolution by Shane Claiborne
  • The Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning
  • Girl Meets God by Lauren Winner
  • The Artisan Soul by Erwin McManus
  • A Generous Orthodoxy by Brian McLaren
  • A Farewell to Mars: An Evangelical Pastor's Journey Toward the Biblical Gospel of Peace by Brian Zahnd
  • The End of Religion by Bruxy Cavey


  • The Naked Anabaptist by Stuart Murray
  • The Bible Tells Me So by Peter Enns
  • Simply Jesus by N.T. Wright
  • How God Became King by N.T. Wright
  • Surprised by Scripture by N.T. Wright
  • The Mission of God by Christopher Wright*
  • Recovering the Scandal of the Cross by Mark Baker and Joel Green*
  • Proclaiming the Scandal of the Cross by Mark Baker
  • The King Jesus Gospel by Scot McKnight
  • Across the Spectrum by Greg Boyd and Paul Eddy
  • Reformed and Always Reforming by Karl Olson*

Mission and Community

  • The New Parish by Sparks, Sorens, and Friesen
  • Disunity in Christ by Christina Clevland
  • Practicing the Way of Jesus by Mark Scandrette
  • Thin Places by Jon Huckins and Rob Yackley
  • Leading Missional Communities by Mike Breen
  • The Cost of Community: Jesus, St. Francis and Life in the Kingdom by Jamie Arpin-Ricci
  • When Helping Hurts by Steve Corbett & Brian Fikkert
  • The New Conspirators by Tom Sine
  • They Like Jesus but Not the Church by Dan Kimball

Peace, Justice, Politics, Ethics

  • Jesus for President by Shane Claiborne and Chris Haw
  • Fight: A Christian Case for Nonviolence by Preston Sprinkle
  • A Farewell to Mars: An Evangelical Pastor's Journey Toward the Biblical Gospel of Peace by Brian Zahnd
  • A Faith Not Worth Fighting For: Addressing Commonly Asked Questions about Christian Nonviolence
  • Blood Brothers: The Dramatic Story of a Palestinian Christian Working for Peace in Israel by Elias Chacour
  • Disarming Scripture by Derek Flood
  • God in a Brothel by Daniel Walker
  • All Right Now: Finding Consensus on Ethical Questions by Tim Geddert
  • The Myth of a Christian Nation by Greg Boyd
  • The Myth of a Christian Religion by Greg Boyd
  • The Moral Vision of the New Testament by Richard Hays*
  • Jesus Wants to Save Christians by Rob Bell and Don Golden
  • Colossians Remixed: Subverting the Empire by Sylvia Keesmaat and Brian Walsh

The Problem of Evil

  • Is God to Blame? by Greg Boyd
  • God of the Possible by Greg Boyd*
  • Evil and the Justice of God by N.T. Wright
  • The Problem of Pain by C.S. Lewis
  • Lament for a Son by Nicholas Wolterstorff

Ancient Roots

  • Ancient-Future Faith by Robert Webber
  • Ancient-Future Worship by Robert Webber
  • Ancient-Future Time by Robert Webber
  • Ancient-Future Evangelism by Robert Webber
  • The Sign of the Cross: Recovering the Power of the Ancient Prayer by Bert Ghezzi


  • A Holy Meal by Gordon Smith
  • The Meal Jesus Gave Us by N.T. Wright
  • Subversive Meals by Alan Streett

Afterlife, Etc.

  • Surprised by Hope by N.T. Wright
  • Razing Hell by Sharon Baker
  • Reading Revelation Responsibly by Michael Gorman
  • The Good News of Revelation by Larry Helyer and Ed Cyzewski
  • Hell: A Final Word by Edward Fudge
  • The Fire that Consumes by Edward Fudge*
  • Love Wins by Rob Bell 

Biblical Narrative (Understanding God's Story)

  • True Story by James Choung
  • God's Shalom Project by Bernhard Ott
  • The Bible as Improv by Ron Martoia
  • God Enters Stage Left by Tim Day
  • Embracing Grace by Scot McKnight
  • The Mission of God by Christopher Wright*
  • The Blue Parakeet by Scot McKnight
  • A Velvet Elvis by Rob Bell
  • Jesus Wants to Save Christians by Rob Bell and Don Golden
  • Jesus for President by Shane Claiborne and Chris Haw
  • The King Jesus Gospel by Scot McKnight
  • Surprised by Hope by N.T. Wright
  • Texts Under Negotiation: The Bible and Postmodern Imagination by Walter Brueggemann*
  • Come Out My People by Wes Howard-Brook*

Apologetics (The Hard Questions of Faith)

  • Letters from a Skeptic by Greg Boyd
  • The Reason for God by Tim Keller
  • The Bible Tells Me So by Peter Enns

Hebrew Scriptures

  • Inspiration and Incarnation: Evangelicals and the Problem of the Old Testament by Peter Enns*
  • The Bible Tells Me So by Peter Enns
  • An Unsettling God: The Heart of the Hebrew Bible by Walter Brueggemann*
  • Genesis for Normal People by Peter Enns and Jared Byas
  • Theology of the Old Testament by Walter Brueggemann*
  • Eat This Book by Eugene Peterson

Evolution & Faith

  • The Language of God by Francis Collins
  • The Evolution of Adam by Peter Enns
  • The Lost World of Genesis One by John Walton


Spiritual Formation

Spiritual Formation


Knowing and Following Jesus makes us more human.

Christians of various traditions describe the process of becoming more like Jesus in various ways: holiness (part of our legacy as Brethren in Christ), sanctification, deification, discipleship, spiritual formation, etc. All of these ideas get at the same goal: transformation. Who we are isn't who we will be after we follow Jesus. We change. We grow. We become more fully human, meaning, we become more like God's perfect image bearer: Jesus. Christ is not opposed to our humanness, but invites us to flourish into the fuller version of our God-given humanity.

Below is a list of recommended starting points for someone who wants to incorporate "spiritual disciplines" into their regular lives.


Audio based smartphone app with daily spiritual meditations based on daily Scripture. Amazing. 


A favorite at Pangea. Integrates justice, peacemaking, and spiritual formation in a beautiful way.

  • Book
  • App (This iPhone app has all the content of the book and a “reminders” feature.)


For those wanting to go deep in their encounter with God's Spirit, this is a 40 day journey to facilitate such a journey. This takes a daily commitment to the process, but is definitely worth it.


A New Liturgy is our attempt to create holy space wherever we find ourselves. A moveable, sonic sanctuary. Released quarterly, each Liturgy is a 25 minute journey of music, prayer, scripture, and space that helps open us to The Almighty in any location, season, community, or emotion. 


This is a book that guides readers through changing our narratives. Integrating theology, inspiration, and spiritual formation, this book is a welcome companion to any Circle. Each chapter ends with a formation experiment. A very practical and deep resource. We also like The Good and Beautiful Life. (As in any book recommended here, there are a few things we'd nuance differently here or there [for instance, ch 6 where it deals with God’s wrath], but its overall vision has a lasting impact on Pangea!).


Spiritual disciplines connect us to the God who wants to transform our souls. We discover these time-tested practices in the Bible as we look at the everyday ways Jesus related to God. These companion studies and exercises will help you to explore sixteen core practices. Three segments on each practice (a total of forty-eight sessions) allow space to go beyond superficial understanding and to begin to live in a new way.


Sensitive to the constraints upon contemporary lay Christians and to the publicness of their business-day lives, THE DIVINE HOURS provides a flexible and slightly abbreviated regimen of fixed-hour prayer that incorporates all of the established elements required for keeping the offices, while eliminating or diminishing the presence of some less essential or cumbersome parts. The result of these adaptations, modifications, and innovations is a breviary for our time and place, or more accurately a contemporary manual for exercising Christianity’s oldest form of worship in a manner that is true both to its origins and to its present imperatives.


This is a great series of devotional commentaries that are great for helping you walk through a book of the New Testament. One way to do this would to encourage each other to: 1) get alone, 2) read the passage and commentary, 3) read the passage once more, 4) meditate and journal. The Old Testament for Everyone is also in production and is written by John Goldingay.

Transformation Retreats

Transformation Retreats

Rest in God. Transform in Christlikeness. Retreat with the Spirit.


In the Scriptures, Sabbath is a day of rest. It is a day to unplug from normal patterns and to plug into the mystery of God. From Friday evening through Saturday evening, to this day, our Jewish friends observe this moment of pause. Although as non-Jewish Christians we don’t follow the Sabbath as strictly, the vision that it sets forth benefits us greatly. In our fast-passed lives, stopping everything to spend intentional time connecting with God and others is a revolutionary act. So revolutionary, that it may transform our very souls.  

Jesus is our model for how to live in communion with God. He regularly took time away from the crowds to connect intimately with a smaller group of disciples and his heavenly Father. Imagine what life could become if we created space in our schedules to rest in God and allow our character to be shaped by the Spirit. It would add meaning to all of the other days of our lives.  

At Pangea, we are inviting folks on a journey: a Sabbath journey. This involves a commitment to attend 4 retreats per year, for 3 years. The retreats will begin on a Friday evening in a shared space and will end on Saturday evening (retreats will be local). Then, on Sunday morning we will wrap up the weekend with worship and Communion.  


  1. Make each retreat a priority (Fri evening—Sat early evening & Sun morning).
  2. Contribute financially to food and housing.
  3. Purchase and read books and/or articles in advance to prepare for retreats.
  4. Join us on Sunday to celebrate our time together.
  5. Demonstrate an ongoing commitment to the process of transformation.

The following outline with books is tentative and subject to change. We will inform participants, well in advance, about the finalized topics and resources. On average we will read 1 book and possibly some sections from another book or an article. Where two books are listed, it is possible that we will use it as a formation resource for either during or after the retreat.

YEAR ONE: Vision of Transformation

  1. Summer 2016: God’s Posture and our Narratives | Resources: Good and Beautiful God, Smith (chap. 1-3) & Daring Greatly, Brown
  2. Fall 2016: The Nature of Transformation | Resources: Revolution of Character, Willard and Simpson & Renovation of the Heart in Daily Practice, Johnson
  3. Winter 2016: Grace as Transformation | Resources: Ragamuffin Gospel, Manning & The Return of the Prodigal Son, Nouwen
  4. Spring 2016/17: Life in God’s Kingdom | Resources: The King Jesus Gospel, McKnight & Living in Christ's Presence, Willard  

YEAR TWO: Practicing Transformation

  1. Summer 2017: Spiritual Disciplines and Character Formation | Resources: The Spirit of the Disciplines, Willard & The Making of an Ordinary Saint, N. Foster
  2. Fall 2017: Communing With God Through Prayer | Resources: Everything Belongs, Rohr & The Practice of the Presence of God, Br. Lawrence
  3. Winter 2017: Calling and Vocation | Resources: Let Your Life Speak, Palmer
  4. Spring 2017/18: Community, Justice, and Formation | Resources: Practicing the Way of Jesus, Scandrette  

YEAR THREE: Identity and Transformation

  1. Summer 2018: The Gift of Self-Awareness | Resources: The Gift of Being Yourself, Brenner & Enneagram, Rohr
  2. Fall 2018: Scripture & Sacrament in Identity Formation | Resources: Eat this Book, Peterson & The Meal Jesus Gave Us, Wright
  3. Winter 2018: Spirituality and Normal Life | Resources: Raw Spirituality, Smith
  4. Spring 2018/19: Transformed to Transform: Making Disciples | Resources: The Great Omission, Willard

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