The staff at Creekside work hand in hand with the Leadership Team to cast vision, empower Creeksiders to discover and use their gifts, and to lead one and all into the world to be salt and light. They are responsible for implementing the vision through effective ministry plans as directed by the Lead Pastor, and assisting in the planning of all Creekside gatherings.


Mark Hjelmervik, Pastor

Pastor Mark has been the lead pastor at Creekside since October, 2017. He has a passion for helping people understand and experience the transforming love and truth of Jesus Christ and live in an abundant fashion where they are recognizing where God is at work around them and how they can join Him (living with a “Kingdom of God” lens). He believes that the church is a place where no perfect people are allowed – where we can come authentically just as we are and then are transformed by God’s grace and grow in new ways together.

Mark has served at a variety of Covenant churches and has specialized training in the area of church revitalization. Once upon a time, he was a high school music teacher, having earned his bachelor in music education from Pacific Lutheran University (Tacoma, WA). He earned his Master’s of Divinity degree from North Park Theological Seminary (Chicago, IL), where he later earned a Master’s Certificate in congregational vitality. He is ordained by the Evangelical Covenant Church and also serves the denomination as a partner in their Vitality Facilitator Network.

But really…his most valued credentials are that he is the husband to his wonderful wife, Courtney, and father to two of the cutest boys around, Tommy and Josh. 🙂 When not busy managing nap times, bottles, and diaper changes, they have grand aspirations of becoming more outdoorsy and really enjoy adventures and travel. Laughter is a common phenomenon in their household, as well as reading good books, watching a good movie, and keeping a steady flow of good coffee. Mark also really enjoys woodworking.

If you have interest in learning more about Jesus or who Creekside Covenant Church is or simply just want someone to talk to, please don’t hesitate in contacting Mark.

Claudio Carrasco
Claudio Carrasco: Pastor of Iglesia Creekside
Email: ClaudioC@ecreekside.com
Claudio serves the Hispanic community at Creekside through Iglesia Hispana Creekside. He has been holding meetings since 2014 at Creekside focusing in reaching out to immigrants from Mexico, Central and South America. Claudio and his wife Raquel are active every week doing bible studies at homes every Friday and having a Spanish service every Sunday at Creekside. Claudio took bible classes at the Institute of the Assembly of God in Chile and now he is finishing a bachelor in Theology with Logos University. He is currently going through the process of becoming a licensed pastor with the Covenant Church. Claudio studied piano at the Conservatory of Music at Bio-Bio University in Chile, holds an Audio Production certificate from UW and an Associate degree in Digital media art and video production from Bellevue College. He produces Christian Latin music and videos as part of his ministry.

Kim Hjelm

Kim Hjelm: Children’s Ministry and Office Manager
Email: KimH@ecreekside.com

From helping get Creekside started in 1998 to being Director of Children’s Ministry for nearly ten years, Kim has been involved in many capacities at Creekside. At this time of transition, she is filling in some gaps until permanent staff comes on board. Her favorite pastimes are reading, creating “art” and camping with her husband, Dave in their tiny tear-


The Creekside Leadership Team is a group of congregationally elected church members that serve as the link between the staff and the congregation. It is responsible for building, maintaining and overseeing the spiritual welfare of the local body and for directing and overseeing all ministries and business affairs at Creekside; listening for, interpreting and communicating all vision changes as God directs; holding the Lead Pastor accountable for Creekside’s progress toward vision fulfillment; and overseeing the spiritual welfare of the Creekside Staff.

Creekside Leadership Team Members: Heidi Anderson, John Coster, Linda Sakamoto, Brandy Schuster, Dave Hjelm, Luanne Clark, Andrew Hall, Mark Lanum.

You may contact the Leadership Team by emailing LeadershipTeam@ecreekside.com.


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