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  • Karen Yokota Love

    Pastor

    Pastor Karen Yokota Love is in her fifth year of ministry and served at three other churches before arriving as our lead pastor at Mason United Methodist Church. She served at Milton, Whitney Memorial, and at Puyallup United Methodist Churches. Pastor Karen first sensed a call to ministry while in high school, but it wasn’t until a decade later that she responded. Immediately after graduating from UC Berkeley, she worked in the world of journalism and marketing. Upon answering her call to ministry, Pastor Karen moved to Claremont, CA to pursue seminary at Claremont School of Theology. While there, her call to pastoral ministry was affirmed and shaped by her experiences serving at Fullerton First UMC and community organizing at Claremont Presbyterian Church. She also worked with a Hispanic congregation, Taiwanese congregation, and a Korean congregation. Two vital ministries that spoke to her while at Claremont was working with people in recovery ministries and working with the immigrant population. She also enjoys working with children and youth. She found a passion and love for youth while working at Puyallup and misses them dearly. She looks forward to seeing what opportunities are awaiting here at Mason.  Being immersed in the local community played a big part in Pastor Karen’s ministry at her previous appointments.  In addition to leading worship, she has especially enjoyed forging relationships between the church and the community and hearing stories about how God has transformed people’s lives. She’s currently serving as a Board Member at the Tacoma Community House. She’s also active as a member on the Pacific Northwest’s Conference-Affiliated Commission on Race and Religion.  Pastor Karen holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and a minor in Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Master of Divinity degree from Claremont School of Theology in Claremont, California. When not at church, Karen enjoys spending time with her husband Jesse Love and their friends and family. She enjoys any sort of DIY project, going to the movies, reading, hiking, and attending a good yoga class. Both Pastor Karen and Jesse are excited to be here at Mason and serve in this this community! 

    Karen@masonchurch.org


  • Hollie Swanson

    Office & Facilities Manager

    Hollie joins us from Hilltop's Peace Lutheran Church.  She completed her AA Degree at Bates Technical College in Administrative Office Assistant Program in 2002 & Facilities Maintenance Engineering Program in 2012.  There are two apples of her eye -- her 11 and 17 year old sons.  In her spare time, Hollie enjoys inspiring other women to pursue their dreams, DIY crafts, watching movies, walking our national parks, and bowling with her boys.  When asked for a quote, she stated, "I love what I do!!!"

    admin@masonchurch.org or  Hollie@masonchurch.org

  • Collin Whitfield

    Music Director

    Collin hails from Michigan but comes to us by way of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where he recently graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Composition. He studied with notable composers David Conte and Mason Bates. His versatility as a composer, conductor, pianist, and singer has earned him numerous accolades. His compositions have been described by librettist Nicholas Giardini as "beautiful, rapturous and unabashedly romantic, without any of the failings that so often accompany these qualities." His conducting has been praised by Dr. Jacques Desjardins as demonstrating "poise, command, and charisma, warranting engaging renditions of a wide variety of repertoire under his direction." As a performer, Collin has been hired to perform for numerous churches, community theater programs, senior residence homes, high school music programs, solo and ensemble festivals, district and state choral festivals, weddings, funerals, banquets, and parties.

    Collin@masonchurch.org

  • Margo Gislain

    Co-Director of Children and Youth Ministries

    Margo is a student at the University of Puget Sound studying International Relations, Global Development, and Spanish. She's a born-and-raised a Methodist from Chicago, Illinois, and is thrilled to have moved to the PNW and to be a part of the Mason Community. In her spare time, she participates in the school radio station, and loves seeing live music and going to plays or musicals. Over the summer, she's a camp counselor with the YMCA.

    Margo@masonchurch.org

  • Olivia J Wilhite

    Co-Director of Children and Youth Ministries

    Olivia feels excited and blessed to be welcomed into the Mason family in order to serve the children and youth. She is a student at University of Puget Sound, where she is studying Politics & Government and Mathematics. Olivia is a born-and-raised Methodist from the wonderful state of Oregon, and found her passion for working with children and youth through her own incredible experiences with 7 years and counting in United Methodist Camping Ministries.  In her campus community, Olivia is an Interfaith Coordinator for the Department of Spiritual Life, an active member of Kappa Alpha Theta, a member of the Habitat for Humanity Club, and an advocate for quality coffee and quality naps.

    Olivia@masonchurch.org