Pastors & Staff

Phil Strong

Lead Pastor

Phil Strong is our Lead Pastor. He and his wife, Lynette, have been married for 36 years, with 29 of those spent together in pastoral ministry. They have 2 adult children and 7 grand-children. Phil and Lynette enjoy time together, whether over a good cup of coffee, before a yummy plate of pad-thai (gluten-free), or on a leisurely walk. They'd love to grab coffee with you and hear about your story!

AAron cato

Executive Director

After being called out of a 20 year career in “the corporate world,” Aaron has been serving in outreach ministry and ministering for 14 years within the community at Woodinville Alliance. Aaron, his wife and 2 daughters, are grateful for the ways that Jesus continues to reveal Himself to them. He is convinced that identity, healing, authenticity, and purpose result when people experience the goodness of God for themselves. He'd love to hear more about your story!

Keri foley

Family Equipping Pastor

After years of teaching and pastoring in the Seattle area, Keri joined the staff at WAChurch to lead ministry to children, youth and families.  She, her husband Tim, and their 3 girls have had the privilege of seeing God at work around the world, but have found deep friendships and a fresh encounter with Jesus as a part of what He is doing in this community. Keri’s heart is to support and equip the whole family as they seek relationship with Jesus.  She believes there is no greater investment than in the faith of the next generation. She'd love to get to know you over a cup of coffee (or Diet Coke)!

Diane bricker

Office Manager

After 25 years in the banking industry, Diane was called to international ministry and spent 7 years in Central Asia and Africa working with World Concern. After a one year sabbatical, God led her to Woodinville Alliance Church. Diane would love to get to know you and hear how God is moving in your life. Contact her to schedule a meet up over coffee. 

andrea baker

Worship Ministry Director

Andrea leads the Worship Ministry at Woodinville Alliance. Creative vocation for her is spent in the realm bridging music and story: in songwriting, worship, and walking with others in their stories of hope and suffering. She and her family live out in Issaquah but are drawn to this people to journey with. Whether it’s over a plate of actual charcuterie or talking music and story, you’re always welcome at her table. Grab coffee with her!

Alissa sandoval

Youth Lead & Communications Specialist

Alissa graduated from BIOLA University and then lived in Haiti for a time. While there, she felt called to the Seattle Area, so she went. After spending time with organizations like Samaritan's Purse and World Vision, she felt called to full-time ministry. In addition to having her hands in all things media related at WAChurch, you can find her making Tik Toks with her Youth Students. Want to hear more about how God is moving in her life?  Grab coffee with her! 

Sandy calissendorff

Women's Ministry Director

Sandy is our Women's Ministry Director. She is also a wife, mother and works part time for the school district. Sandy has a passion for inspiring women to develop a deeper relationship with the Lord and each other. Seeing women light up when they are exercising gifts that God gave them, brings her great joy! Want to hear more about how God is moving in Sandy's life? Grab coffee with her! 

ken knuckey

Facilities Director

Ken first attended WAChurch after a friend invited him several years ago. When he walked through the front doors, he immediately knew this was his church family. He and his wife Val have been attending here since. While he holds the title of Facilities Manager, his other passions include singing and discipleship. Want to hear more about how God is moving in Ken's life? Grab coffee with him! 

michael williams


Michael has been attending WAChurch since December of 2016. His heart beats for the Lord and he enjoys the relationships he's been able to foster within our Church Family. When he's not gussying up the church, Michael can be found strumming his guitar or fixing up his vehicles. Want to hear more about how God is moving in Michael's life? Grab coffee with him!