Meet the MSA Team
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.
Ricci Kilmer – Program Catalyst
I could use a lot of labels to identify who I am to the world at large. I’m a mother of three, wife, trained teacher, house cleaner, cook, friend, volunteer, and the list goes on. But these labels will never go far enough. So I will simply introduce myself by saying that I believe in an abundant way of living. I believe in a life of faith that can bring meaning into most daily activities. But don’t mistake me, I’m definitely not there yet. I’ve been working and volunteering with Mustard Seed Associates for five years now. In that time I’ve explored various themes that I believe need to be redeemed into a life of faith, and I’ve called that series, “The Revolution Starts at Home.”
I’ve done research around simplicity, food and justice issues, and I’m now working on a series about Education which I believe could more aptly called Formation. My work is from the perspective of the practitioner, not the guru. It tends to be reflective and practical. I share it because I want to be open, and maybe, just maybe someone else out there is thinking about the same things.
Cynthia Todd – Strategic Development
A self-proclaimed “global citizen,” Cynthia Todd has worked and travelled extensively and prides herself on her cross cultural competencies and strengths. Cindy recently completed her MBA in International Economic Development with Eastern University. Prior to her work at Eastern, she founded Operation Mary, an NGO focused on giving westerners an opportunity to travel internationally to develop their own cross cultural capacities through the vehicle of service. She is currently working in Strategic Development with Mustard Seed Associates in Seattle. In the fall of 2011, Cynthia will be travelling to Chernivtsi, Ukraine to provide microenterprise development training for mothers of the developmentally disabled.
Cindy believes transformative, stakeholder relationships are powerful tools in successful organizations. Unbiased assessment and full utilization of human capital is perhaps the most critical factor in creating an environment of collaboration, empowerment and growth.
Cynthia currently lives in Snohomish, Washington in the foothills of the Cascades.
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 the Seed Sampler Ezine 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.