Pastor – Rev. Allysa De Wolf
Rev. Allysa De Wolf began her ministry at Wayside UCC in Federal Way, Washington in November of 2018. As a new transplant to the Pacific Northwest she is excited to continue her work in LGBT advocacy, immigration rights and homelessness advocacy. She previously served as the pastor of First Congregational Church of Santa Barbara and associate pastor at Newtown Congregational Church in Connecticut.
In the past, Rev. Allysa has volunteered with PFLAG, SB*Tan (Santa Barbara Transgender Network), Coalition Against Gun Violence, Uffizi Organization to prevent sex trafficking, The Institute for Congregational Trauma and Growth; as well as coordinating with many organizations dealing with homelessness, mental health issues, and disability rights. She is passionate about camp and volunteers regularly as Pastor-at-Camp and as a keynote speaker for various United Church of Christ Camps. Her ministry is dedicated to creating a truly welcoming environment that challenges each person to live out the call to “love one another” in our daily lives and community.
During her time as the associate minister of Newtown Congregational Church, Rev. Allysa helped pastor during the tragic events of the Sandy Hook Shooting and continues to fight for change. She has served as a hospice chaplain at the Veterans Hospital of Connecticut and worked with the Interfaith Center of New York City. She attended NYU, where she created her own major: “Civil Disobedience and Ideal Societies from Ideology to Application.” She received her M.Div at Yale Divinity School. In her short time at Wayside, she has been accepted into the 10th cohort of the UCC’s Pension Board “Next Generation Leadership Initiative” and will be dedicating the next 6 years to strengthening her pastoral leadership and dreaming about the future church.
Rev. Allysa spent eight years living on the east coast but is originally from Orange County, California. In Santa Barbara she met her partner, Kalyn, and they are the loving moms to their son, Harlyn, and three rescue dogs! Rev. Allysa is passionate about LGBT rights, hunger issues, homelessness, interfaith and ecumenical collaboration, and being a force for justice. Outside of church, Allysa is an accomplished gospel singer, avid movie buff, and all around self-described “nerd.”
Rev. Allysa, along with Rev. Andrew Conley-Holcom, host the podcast titled, “Coffee Hour Chat.” To listen, visit: anchor.fm/coffeehourchat or search for it in your favorite podcast platform.
Rev. Allysa was accepted, in 2019, to the Next Generation Leadership Initiative (NGLI). To learn more about this program and its impact on Wayside and the wider church, check out the video below.
Office Manager – Robbie Gilchrist
Robbie is in Wayside’s office Tuesdays 9:00-11:00 am and Wednesday through Friday, 9:00 – 12:45 pm.
Nursery Attendant – Rachel Larsen
Rachel provides nursery care for children (infant to pre-K) every Sunday from 9:45 – 11:15.
Choir Director – Barbara Neely
Barbara conducts the Chapel Choir in practice at 8:30 am Sunday, and in performance of the Choir Anthem during Worship at 10:00 am Sunday, during the school year.
Pianist – Judith Nichols
Judy accompanies the Chapel Choir at rehearsals and performances. She provides music for Worship services on Sundays. Judy also graces our worship services on occasion with exquisite music on her flute.