Mary Nilsen

Mary Nilsen, who has been a member of Redeemer since 2016, started as our church school coordinator on January 1, 2018. She brings over fifteen years of children’s and family ministry experience to Church of the Redeemer, having directed programs in several churches around the Diocese.

Mary is a lifelong Episcopalian. She grew up in the Diocese of Chicago where, at the age of 10, she persuaded the Bishop of Chicago to allow girls to be acolytes. She then served as the first female acolyte in her childhood church.

Mary and her husband, Eivind Nilsen, met and married at St. Paul’s, Seattle, and live in Lake Stevens. They have two adult children who are both married, and two grandchildren.

“I believe in children, and what they are capable of in terms of learning about and understanding our faith, and in experiencing and fully participating in the liturgy,” Mary said.

The church school coordinator is a part time role and is funded by a Diocesan development grant that the parish received in January 2017. Mary will focus on implementing the Godly Play curriculum at Redeemer, building a community of learners, and engaging children more fully in the liturgy.

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Church of the Redeemer

Community life at Redeemer centers on worship in the Episcopal traditionArt and music vitally deepen this worship. Our faith expresses itself with service to people, locally to internationally.

Church of the Redeemer is at 6210 Northeast 181st Street in Kenmore, Washington. We are a short distance north of Bothell Way, near the Burke-Gilman Trail. The entrance looks like a gravel driveway. The campus is larger on the inside than it is on the outside.

The Episcopal Church welcomes you.