Pastor Susie Beil
Reverend Susie Beil holds a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary and is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA). She also earned a Masters in Environmental Health from the University of Washington and a Bachelor of Science from Gonzaga University. Since 1992, Susie has served in churches of all sizes across the state of Washington.
“My goal as pastor here at Summit is to help people know God more deeply, grow in fellowship and discipleship, and go into the world with the message of hope and healing in Jesus Christ.”
Susie and her husband have lived in Bremerton since 2008 with their three boys. Susie loves reading, spending time with family and friends, and playing baseball with her boys. As a family, they love the outdoors and enjoy camping, hiking and biking in the great Northwest.
Office & Communications Coordinator Julie Mirth
Julie is a organizational mastermind and she has a keen eye for graphics. Along with her knack for multitasking, she keeps our office running efficiently and gives us wonderful publications and posters.
Julie has two beautiful children and a wonderful husband. When she is not spending time with her family, you will find her volunteering for the Kitsap County Dog 4-H program and Twin Lakes Youth Camp. Julie lived in Las Vegas with her family for eleven years, but she and her husband decided to move back to beautiful Washington State. They felt that Kitsap County was a more community and family friendly place to raise their family.
Some fun facts about Julie are: she is always freezing cold, she loves coffee anytime of the day, she loves to go camping (minus the cold part), the Kitsap County Fair is one of her favorite things, and she is a huge country girl at heart. ♥︎
Organist Woody Bernas
By day, Woody is the Chief Operations Officer at Port Townsend’s Gray Wolf Ranch, an intermediate residential treatment facility for chemically dependent young men.
His first musical studies were with Harriet Ballard and Dr. William Crosbie of Wheeling, WV. For two years he was an organ performance major at West Liberty State College in WV before entering the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, OH, where he completed a BA in English Literature and an M.Div. in Theology.
In 1999, he began private study with Dr. Marilyn Biery, then the principal organist at the Cathedral of St. Paul, St. Paul, MN. While studying there he was a regular substitute organist at the Cathedral in addition to his regular duties as Organist at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Minneapolis.
While presenting a series of recitals in Sweden, Woody recorded a program on the large, magnificent Marcussen and Sons pipe organ in St. Jacob Church, Stockholm. That recording entitled Live In Stockholm is available on iTunes.
When not glued to his office chair or an organ bench, his favorite seat is the saddle of his Harley-Davidson motorcycle!
Organist Joann Richardson
Joann leads an eclectic musical life as an organist, pianist, choral director, workshop presenter and music teacher. Joann holds a Master of Arts in Music degree from Pacific Lutheran University, a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Indiana University, and a State of Washington Professional Education Certificate in K-12 Music. Joann studied organ with David P. Dahl, and she continues her piano studies with Paul Roberts of the Guildhall School, London, England.
Since the age of fourteen, Joann has had the privilege of ministering through music as an organist, pianist, and choir director at churches of various denominations. In addition to music ministry, Joann serves in leadership positions in professional musical organizations. Joann is the State Chair for Organ for the Washington State Music Teachers Association; Certification Chair, Membership Chair, and Teaching Mentor Chair for the Kitsap Music Teachers Association; and is active in the Olympic Peninsula Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, having just completed a four-year term as Chapter Dean. A Nationally Certified Teacher of Music in both piano and organ, Joann especially enjoys teaching music to adults and children.