Vicar: The Rev. Meghan Mullarkey
The Rev. Meghan Mullarkey began her time at St. Columba's first as a transitional Deacon January 2017-June 2017, then as the Associate Vicar of St. Columba's from January 2019 until May 2023, when she was appointed Vicar. Meghan grew up in Northern Virginia and moved to the Pacific NW in 2007 to work at a teen homeless shelter and go to seminary. She began seminary at the Seattle School of Theology and Psychology in 2008 and found a home in the Episcopal Church in 2009. She began the discernment process to the priesthood shortly after and has worked at numerous churches within the diocese doing pastoral care, youth work, and adminstrative work. She graduated with her Master's of Divinity in 2012 and was ordained to the priesthood in July 2017.
Meghan met her husband, Luke, in Seattle in graduate school where he was pursing his Master's in Counseling. They were married in 2013 and moved from Seattle to Tacoma in 2016. They have two small children. Meghan loves exploring the Pacific NW; going on long walks with Luke, the kids, and their dog (Scout); and participating in the intersection of listening and God’s healing work in the world.
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Associate for Liturgy and Music: Susan Bloomfield
Susan Bloomfield is a multi-faceted musician with talents as pianist, organist, vocalist, choral director, educator and composer. Susan holds a bachelor’s degree in Organ Performance with an emphasis in Choral Conducting from Pacific Lutheran University and a master's degree in Music History and Literature from Western Washington University. In addition to the degrees in classical music, Susan is trained in the application of Cross-Cultural Music and Healing through the Open Ear Center. Susan has been a sacred musician since high school, primarily in the Episcopal Church, and has served for many years on the Commission for Liturgy and the Arts for the Diocese of Olympia. Susan is passionate about the intersection of music, spirituality, and social justice, and founded The People’s Choir of Olympia to amplify the voices of LGBTQ+ singers. Susan’s work, A Mass for Healing, written for survivors of religious abuse, premiered at St. Mark’s Cathedral in 2016. Susan is excited to work for such a warm and welcoming congregation and looks forward to shared ministry with the people of St. Columba’s.
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Children, Youth, and Family Support Coordinator: Val Rawlinson
Val Rawlinson joined St. Columba’s staff in fall 2022 after attending St. Columba’s for 7 years. Val’s love for play, children, and this church community led her to her current position. Before coming on staff at St. Columba’s Val worked in a retirement community and nursing homes as a Registered Dietitian. She has her BS in Nutrition and Food Science.
Val is passionate about nurturing the health of the whole body - physically, emotionally, and spiritually. That is why she is currently working to become a professional organizer to help create joyful surroundings, studying how to practice being a Dietitian with an anti-diet focus, alongside spiritually nourishing the children and youth of St. C’s.
Val not only brings her love of children and play, but also her openness to spirituality and her own journey where she has practiced and explored many different expressions of faith, that ultimately led her to find her spiritual home in the Episcopal Church. This makes her equipped to help guide our children and youth as they explore their beliefs and relationship to Christianity. Also, she just really loves playing with the toys on the children’s carpets along with the other kids (and kids at heart).
Val enjoys sharing her life with her husband Chad, their son Erik, an ancient-of-days Cairn Terrier Benson and a high energy tuxedo cat Jack Jack. You can often find her crocheting, junk journaling, doing yoga, walking or running, feeding wild birds, reading cozy mysteries, or trying new recipes and eating all the delicious things.