To reach any of our staff by phone, call 208.658.1710

Rev. Sara LaWall


With such a love for bouldering, yoga, heights, and the trapeze, somehow Rev. Sara has managed to not run away to the circus. She has, however, traveled the world’s “spiritual hotspots,” like Angkor Wat and Machu Picchu, with her husband Michael. We’re grateful to have her here in Boise since she accepted our call in 2015. She is a champion for social justice issues which is an integral part of her spiritual life; and works to weave justice and spirituality into the life of the congregation. As her sons put it “she teaches us to never be afraid to say what you truly believe.” In Rev. Sara’s “free” time when she takes a break from ministry and isn’t on the climbing wall or singing with our Soulful group, she’s indulging in ice cream, Netflix, and family time.

Rachel Strong

Director of Administration

Rachel has deep roots in the Treasure Valley going back at least four generations. She has small hands, and a big love for coffee and self reflection. Rachel is organized and compassionate. When she’s not streamlining processes based on her excellent knowledge of analytic efficiency, she’s spending time with her two boys and other people she loves.

Nancy Harms

Program Support Specialist

Nancy is more than meets the eye. A keen interest in murder mysteries makes her an excellent problem solver. Family is incredibly important to her and she loves spending time with them. An owner of a broad palate, her favorite taste is Thanksgiving dinner. Her whole face lights up when she smiles. Nancy is helpful, she remembers nearly everyone in the congregation by name, their children, and fun stories about them.

Emily/Gem Emerson Paige

Director of Family Ministries

Gem is just that. They love to embroider, perfectly placed French knots are their calling. Gem also enjoyed photographing their small doggo “Kita” who frequented the office with them. Even though they have a hard time naming directly what makes them so unique, there are many good-natured quirks: their vast knowledge of Beyonce, love of chalky candy, and dislike of slugs and snot being the tip of the iceberg. Gem is eager for justice and creativity, and to instill those values in our youngest minds.

Carrie Bastian

Director of Music
Carrie is a lover of the arts. She reads literature with David, her English professor husband, and composes hymns for our monthly themes. She’s a huge fan of opera and traveling the world, most notably hiking the Camino de Santiago in Spain and leading a musical pilgrimage through Transylvania. Carrie also likes to explore through yoga and meditation. She’s our energetic, passionate, and dedicated music director, leading our music program and hearts.


Timothy Ellis

Ministerial Intern

Greg Duffy

Building & Grounds Coordinator

Mike Lemieux

Audio/Visual Coordinator

Sangam Stanczak

Childcare Coordinator