THE REV. CHRISTINE T. LONG
Final Candidate for Executive Presbyter
Christine is a compassionate faith leader in the PCUSA. She aims for a balanced approach in ministry through creativity and organization. She strives for her life and ministry to be a witness of God’s hope and transformative love. Her motto is the African proverb, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”
Christine is just completing her twelfth year as Associate Pastor at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Olympia. She has served in youth ministry at The United Churches of Olympia and Cornerstone Presbyterian. While studying music in college she served as Children’s Choir Director at University Place Presbyterian and as Youth Choir Director at Little Church on the Prairie. She has also served congregations in Caldwell, NJ, Kendall Park, NJ, and Roseville, CA.
Over the last 20 years Christine has held various positions in the Olympia Presbytery including Moderator of the Commission on Ministry, Moderator of the Presbytery, liaison to the Board of Pensions, Healthy Boundaries Facilitator, Strategic Board member, mentor, and member of various task forces and sub-committees. She has enjoyed serving congregations with deep commitment and serving the presbytery with the same energy and loyalty.
She holds a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary and a Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance from the University of Puget Sound, Tacoma WA. Christine resides in Olympia with her husband James, her son, Donovan, currently a student at Capital High School, and her daughter Bridget, who is studying oboe at the Boston Conservatory. In addition to spending time with her family, Christine finds rejuvenation through healthy eating, exercise, reading, caring for two dogs and two cats, and music.
Christine looks forward to partnering with Olympia Presbytery sisters and brothers in ministries that nurture, empower, and strengthen diverse pastors, churches, and communities. She seeks to offer her skills as a natural connector of people, curator of resources, and collaborator to support congregations as they live into their call to bring the light and hope of Christ to their communities and the world.