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Sister Liz Colver

Sr. Liz grew up in the Seattle area and loved it so much she has never left (and never wants to!).  She was raised in a family that took church to be the family of God seriously, and attended a church from birth through confirmation that was nourishing of her individuality, faith experiences and expressions, and challenging her visions of justice for the sake of the kingdom of God.

Sr. Liz knew from a very young age that she was called to engage the church and world, specifically in the Pacific Northwest.  She knew from experience that church could be formative and nourishing, but the reality seemed to be different for a majority of her friends - especially ones with less unearned privileges in their lives.  As a teenager, Sr. Liz was a jazz performer, and would travel around the region meeting and singing with other youth and young adults.  The network of people she met was full of people from all different walks of life and experience, and she felt a yearning to connect the authentic ways these people lived their lives with the understanding she had that God calls us to be our most true and authentic selves in community without changing who God created them to be to fit in the church box.

Sr. Liz attended Trinity Lutheran College and received her BA in Multicultural Studies, with minors or Biblical Studies and Counseling in 2005.  While in college, she met and married her partner James.  In 2013, Sr. Liz graduated from Seattle University’s School of Theology and Ministry with a Masters in Pastoral Studies, and completed Community Organizing trainings with the IAF network, and the ELCA.  She served as the Community Organizer for the Catacomb Churches and the Community Organizing Specialist for the Northwest Washington Synod of the ELCA for two years, and has been here with the Catacomb Churches for the past 4 years.

Sr. Liz and her partner James have 3 children - Hazel, Shepherd, and Amos, and live in a solar powered house in Kenmore, WA.  She loves knitting, reading, playing games, one to one conversations, talking theology, and laughing until she cries.  Oh, and she loves coffee - like, really loves coffee.  So go ahead and contact her if you want to share a cup - she’ll meet you most anywhere!

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