Christine Sine – Executive Director, liturgist and chief gardener
Christine Sine is Executive Director of Mustard Seed Associates a small organization founded by her and her husband, Tom Sine, to assist churches and Christian organizations to engage the challenges of the 21st Century. She speaks and writes about how to integrate spiritual rhythms into everyday life as well as on spirituality and gardening. If you visit Tom and Christine in Seattle you might find her out in her garden harvesting luscious tomatoes. Or you might find her inside knitting a sweater or working on a new book on creating a liturgy of life. Christine and Tom and their golden retriever, Bonnie, love practicing hospitality and cooking food from all over the world. They particularly enjoy teaching people how to party the kingdom 24/7.
In a former life, Christine trained as a physician in Australia and developed and directed the healthcare ministry for Mercy Ships. She still works as a consultant in international healthcare and travel medicine as well as conducting seminars to help prepare people for overseas mission service. She has worked in Africa, Asia, Central America, the Caribbean and the South Pacific. Her most recent book is To Garden with God, (Mustard Seed Associates 2010). She is the author of several other books: Light for the Journey (MSA 2010) GodSpace: Time for Peace in the Rhythms of Life (Barclay Press 2006), Travel Well (World Vision Resources 2005) and Tales of a Seasick Doctor (Zondervan 1996). Christine and Tom also co-authored Living on Purpose: Finding God’s Best for Your Life. (Baker Books 2002).
Christine blogs at Godspace
Tom Sine – Research guy at MSA, Hospitality guy at the Mustard Seed House
Tom Sine has worked for many years as a consultant in futures research and planning for both Christian and secular organizations. He founded Mustard Seed Associates to assist churches and Christian organizations to evaluate how the world is changing and how we need to change to me more effective in the future. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Washington. Tom headed up a development project in Haiti for World Concern, taught at the University of Washington, Seattle Pacific University and at Fuller Seminary in Seattle. Tom also works to help Christian organizations develop a holistic theology of mission and speaks widely at colleges, churches, and missions conferences around the world.
Tom’s most recent book is The New Conspirators: Creating the Future One Mustard Seed At A Time. Other books include Mustard seed vs McWorld: Reinventing Life and Faith for the Future (Baker 1999). Cease Fire: Searching for Sanity in America’s Culture Wars (Eerdmans 1995) and Live It Up! How To Create A Life You Can Love. (Herald Press 1993) Together he and Christine co-authored Living On Purpose: Finding God’s Best for Your Life (Baker 2002).. and they are still talking to each other!.
Tom has the “gift of disorientation” and has had adventures being lost all over the world… when he travels without Christine. He also has a wonderful gift of hospitality and if you visit Tom and Christine in Seattle you would probably find him in the kitchen experimenting with some Haitian dishes for friends. Or you could find him ripping through a stack of magazines and newspapers to try and make sense of our changing world to feed the MSA web.
Forrest wrote his first master’s thesis on cultural renewal among Northwest Native Americans while studying at Northwestern University. There, his ethnographic work among the urban poor led to research-in-residence at a men’s shelter, and a doctoral dissertation exploring the relationship between art and identity among Chicago’s homeless. A trip to Turkey prompted him to pursue a second master’s degree—this time, from Regent College, with a specialization in culturally contextualized theological education.
In 1999, he moved to Istanbul to support community development and leadership training for the emerging churches there, including the launch of several social enterprises. His training in ethnomusicology enabled him to facilitate the churches’ development of culturally authentic expressions of worship and liturgy. Upon returning to the United States in 2003, Forrest created a masters degree program in community development, for which he continues to teach today.
Forrest serves a number of roles on the MSA team. Among other things he enjoys giving definition to dreams, finding words to express aspirations, and helping to clarify goals and plans for MSA’s bright future. He presently lives in Kirkland, Washington with his daughter Kayra and their two yorkies. Forrest loves gardening with native species, hiking in the Cascades, and generally being a dad.
Nancy Merklinghaus – Bookkeeping
In a nutshell, I grew up in north Seattle, went to Ingraham HS, attended the UW and graduated from WSU in music. Since my father was a backyard gardener and my mother a bookkeeper, I like to think I inherited the best from both. My bookkeeping and financial management career began in a small Woodinville recording studio and ended up managing an educational non-profit alliance of 12 regional school districts which offered before- and after-school programs. This included recruiting and coordinating schools, teachers, volunteers, managing grants and paying the bills.
I had met Tom and Christine in Stanwood after a presentation they gave at our church about MSA. After retiring in 2011, I contacted Christine to ask if there was anything I could do to help out. I was ready to dig in the garden but alas, she needed a bookkeeper.
I am also the treasurer of the Port Susan Farmers Market and enjoy spending time gardening on our two wooded acres by Kayak Point where I live with my husband of 30 years, Rich; daughter (Christine), grandson (Gavin), dog (Raja) and 6 chickens.
Katie Metzger –
Katie is a Northwest native who lives in the Central District of Seattle with her husband Nate and two dogs, Napoleon and Ada. She graduated from Evangel University in 2009 with her B.S. in Public Relations and completed her M.A. in International Community Development at Northwest University in 2014.
Katie joined the MSA team in October of 2013 as the administrator and general “organization person”. Her professional background includes corporate and private event planning, marketing, and general administrative support. She enjoys using her gifts at MSA through assisting in everything from marketing and funding efforts to daily administrative tasks.
Additionally, Katie is in the midst of launching a lifestyle blog and clothing company that centers around sustainability and ethical practices. She is extremely interested in Social Enterprise and is passionate about educating consumers about their power to effect change through conscious purchasing.
In her free time Katie enjoys travelling, reading, playing music and socializing! On any given weekend she can be found lounging in the park with her husband and dogs, record shopping, seeing live music with friends, or seeking out a new culinary experience.
Andy Wade – Communications
Andy joined the MSA team in December 2009, he has been connected to Tom and Christine and their vision from the beginning, however, and has been hanging out with Tom since 1983. Andy is an ordained Mennonite Pastor who ministered in the Seattle area for five years before moving with his family to Hong Kong to do leadership development, pastoring, and church planting. After 12 years of ministry in Hong Kong, Andy and his family moved back to his home town of Hood River, Oregon.
Although not formally trained in web development, Andy has been repairing computers, maintaining home and small networks, and creating/maintaining websites since 1998. He began working with MSA as editor of our monthly newsletter, MSA Happenings, and has since transitioned to website developer and overall communications coordinator.
When not working on MSA projects, Andy can be found working in the family’s organic garden, riding sidecars, and hunting wild mushrooms with his oldest brother, Vernon, taking pictures, coordinating volunteers for the Hood River Warming Shelter, or just relaxing in the beauty of the Columbia River Gorge.