winter sermon series
january 3 - march 31
While Pastor Becki is on sabbatical, OPPC will have a series of guest preachers to share the pulpit with Rev. HT Lee.
We look forward to hearing and learning from many different voices in the upcoming months.
Margaret Redman is an ordained Lay Pastor at Mercer Island Presbyterian Church. She was born in Florida and has lived in Georgia, Connecticut, and Washington State. Margaret attended Centre College and received a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Florida State University with a double major in Philosophy. She got a certificate in Spiritual Direction from Vancouver School of Theology and still is practicing spiritual direction. She was a resident chaplain at Harborview Medical Center in the Burn Unit and recently retired from Overlake Hospital as a chaplain. She is a graduate in the Pastoral Leadership Program at Seattle University. Margaret and her husband, Bill, have four adult children. Margaret loves worship and caring for others.
Ben McConaughy is a long time resident of the Seattle area. He currently serves on staff at Mercer Island Presbyterian Church. He served as Vice Moderator of the Seattle Presbytery in 2015 and as Moderator in 2016. He currently is a member of the Presbytery Permanent Judicial Commission and serves as an ordination exam grader for the PCUSA. Ben earned a Master of Arts degree from Seattle University’s School of Theology and Ministry, as well as a Post Master’s certificate in Pastoral Leadership. He is currently pursuing a Post Master’s Certificate in Spiritual Direction. He was named a fellow for the Fellowship at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics (2011), and also participated in a multi-faith study of Jewish Texts at the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem (2013). In his free time Ben loves to read, hang out with his family, play cards, and take walks with his labradoodle.
REV. ELIANA MAXIM
Rev. Eliana Maxim is a teaching elder in the Seattle Presbytery who has served as the presbytery’s associate executive for the past 7 years. Eliana was born in Barranquilla, Colombia and immigrated to the US as a young child with her parents, residing in Los Angeles, CA. Eliana attended Loyola Marymount University where she earned an undergraduate degree in communication arts and soon went to work as a news producer at CNN. She eventually listened to the call on her heart and began pursuing what that might mean by serving on staff at Mercer Island Presbyterian Church as director of children and family ministries from 1996-2010.
During that time, she began course work at Union Seminary in Richmond, VA and then transferred to Seattle University’s School of Theology and Ministry where she completed a Masters in Divinity. Eliana was ordained as a minister of word and sacrament in 2011.
Eliana is a faculty member of the Transitional Ministry Workshop at Menucha, Oregon and vice-moderator of the National Hispanic/Latino Caucus of the PCUSA. She also serves as a member of the Interfaith Leadership Council of the Washington State Faith Action Network
In her downtime, Eliana enjoys a good book, cooking, exploring new places and meeting new people. Eliana and her husband of 35 years, Alex, have two adult daughters Sacha and Gabi, both Seattle residents, plus a spoiled rescue Boxer dog named Lola.
W. TALI HAIRSTON
W. Tali Hairston, MAGL, is Director of Community Engagement and Reconciliation at Seattle Presbytery. Born and raised in the Rainier Valley neighborhood of Seattle, Tali loves his community. Tali grew up doing ministry with
at-risk youth and young adults in Seattle, and is a graduate of the University of Washington and Fuller Seminary. He is on schedule to complete his PhD in Educational Leadership by June 2019. As a noted speaker, writer, consultant, researcher, and educator he is passionate about the work of organizational diversity, reconciliation studies, global urban community development, and equity and diversity in higher education, marketplace, and the church.
For 17 years Tali was the founding director of the John M. Perkins Center for Reconciliation, Leadership Training, and Community Development at Seattle Pacific University. He was responsible for leading the educational advancement in reconciliation and community development emphasizing research and development of reconciliation, equity, and diversity. The center also provided service-learning and experiential education opportunities in justice, poverty, ethnicity, and cultural literacy for undergraduate students.
He is father to four wonderful children, Isaiah, Kennadi, Lynia, and Jordan. He and his wife Crystal enjoy doing ministry together, going to plays and musicals, and being foodies. Along with an amazing community of friends, these are the true gifts of his life that encourage and strengthen him.