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.


Vic Varkonyi

Vic Varkonyi: Interim Lead Pastor
Email: VicV@ecreekside.com

Vic has been with Creekside since February 2016. His role is to help guide our church family as we seek a new pastor. He brings 40 varied years of experience including Air Force chaplaincy. Since 2005 he has been a “go to” guy for the Pacific Northwest Conference. As a consultant, he enjoys the opportunity of serving the Lord’s flock in all kinds of pastures. Sherry has been his lovely wife since 1977. She creates children’s books and just started a percussion school for children. Their son, Drew, is an Air Force Officer and electrical engineer. Pastor Vic has earned a variety of degrees including the Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry from Presbyterian Seminaries. When not driving his Corvette Stingray he loves to jog and occasionally puffs through half-marathons. He loves to play his grand piano and helped to pioneer contemporary worship music during his career.

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.

Joe Coburn

Joe Coburn: Children’s Ministry Assistant
Email: JoeC@ecreekside.com

Joe serves the Children’s Ministry on Sunday mornings. Working as Kim’s assistant, he prepares classrooms, works with volunteers, and helps lead the kids to see the Big Story of God’s love. He thinks it is of extremely high importance that children grow up in the world with a firm understanding of their value in God’s eyes, and with a knowledge of God’s plan and love for them. Joe is originally from Camano Island/Stanwood, where he volunteered in Children’s ministry for seven years, and served as a youth intern for three years. He received his Bachelors’ in Counseling Psychology from Northwest University, and is currently pursuing an M.A. in International Community Development. He loves music, exercising, learning, coffee, and long walks on the beach. His ultimate goal is for students to grow in a knowledge of the world they are in, and their place in God’s story.

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-drop trailer.


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, JD Watson, Luanne Clark, Andrew Hall, Mark Lanum.

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


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