Filling the Void: Voices from the None Zone

The Pacific Northwest is known for coffee, flannel, and persons who would rather commune with nature than attend a church service. But God is at work here, transforming lives around us. 

This book contains stories of transformation and stories of hope. Each chapter is written by a United Methodist clergyperson who has witnessed individuals and congregations working with God in this transformation, and embodying the love God has for all. 

Proceeds from the sale of this book will benefit the UNITED METHODIST COMMITTEE ON RELIEF US Disaster Response. 

Books are available through Cokesbury, Amazon, and Market Square Publishing.


Meet the Authors

Lara Bolger



Rev. Lara Bolger studied at UC Berkeley, Duquesne University, and Claremont School of Theology. Ordained as an Elder in 2009, she has served in San Diego, Bothell, and Seattle. She is the pastor of Redmond United Methodist Church and lives in Bothell with her husband, Robert, and their dog Annie. 

Kristin Joyner



Rev. Kristin Joyner was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. She holds a Master of Arts in Ministry, Leadership, and Service from Claremont School of Theology and serves as a deacon at Bothell United Methodist Church. She worked in human resources prior to entering the ministry. She and her husband Bryan are parents of Kelley and Brad, and live with their two dogs in Bothell, Washington. 

Dave Wright



Rev. Dave Wright graduated from University of Puget Sound and received his Master of Divinity from Duke University. He serves as the University Chaplain and Director for Spiritual Life and Civic Engagement at the University of Puget Sound, in Tacoma, Washington. He previously served as Associate Pastor at Bothell United Methodist Church in Bothell, Washington. Dave and Peggy share a home with their twin tabbies. 

Heather Sparkman



Rev. Heather Sparkman grew up in southern California. She graduated from Humboldt State University and received her Master of Divinity from Claremont School of Theology. She is a pastor in the United Methodist Church. She is currently planting a church in Olympia Washington. She lives with her husband Eric, her three children, Sam, Ben, and Sophia, and a multitude of pets. 

Kelly Dahlman-Oeth



Rev. Kelly Dahlman-Oeth grew up in South Florida. He received his Master of Divinity from Candler School of Theology at Emory University. Before serving in local church ministry he was in higher education administration at two United Methodist seminaries. He is the pastor of Ronald United Methodist Church in Shoreline, Washington. He and his wife Whitney have twin daughters Erin and Bridget, as well as two sons, Blaine and Andrew. They live in Kirkland, Washington. 

Meredith Dodd



Rev. Meredith Dodd moved a lot as a child. She holds an M.Div. from Seattle University, an M.A. in Education from Stanford and a B.A. in English from Yale. Before becoming an ordained elder, she taught high school and college English. She and her family live in Kirkland, Washington. 

Bradley Beeman



Rev. Bradley Beeman grew up all over the country as a preacher’s kid (PK).  Brad received his Master of Divinity at The Claremont School of Theology. He is lead pastor of Aldersgate UMC in Bellevue, Washington, and has served urban, suburban, and rural congregations in Washington and Southern California. He is married with four children.  He and his wife also have two rex rabbits named Oliver and Abbot.  

Jan Bolerjack



Rev. Jan Bolerjack is a United Methodist Elder who has served urban and suburban churches in the Pacific Northwest since 1992. She is currently in her eleventh year at Riverton Park United Methodist Church in Tukwila Washington, a high poverty, transient, diverse population near SeaTac airport. 

Emma Donohew



Rev. Emma Donohew was  raised in the Pacific Northwest. She graduated from University of Puget Sound and earned her Master of Divinity from Pacific School of Religion. She served churches in Seattle and Portland before moving to Bellingham, Washington. She and her husband Eric have a hound dog named Molly. 

Joe Kim



Rev. Joe Kim is the son of a United Methodist pastor and grew up in many parts of the country. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 2007, attended Princeton Theological Seminary, and received his Master of Divinity in 2017 from Claremont School of Theology. He served at Salem United Methodist Church in Harlem, New York before becoming lead pastor at Bothell United Methodist Church. Joe is husband to Joann and father to son Asher and daughter Ember. 

Jenny Smith



Rev. Jenny Smith grew up in Ohio and Alaska. She is a 2005 graduate of Florida Southern College and a 2010 graduate of United Theological Seminary. Jenny was ordained an elder in the Pacific Northwest Conference in 2012. She served two appointments in the Alaska Conference before moving to Marysville in 2015. Jenny is married to Aaron and they have two children: Isabella and Wesley. 

Karen Yokota Love


Rev. Karen Yokota Love was born and raised in San Jose California. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley and received her Master of Divinity from Claremont School of Theology. She is the pastor at Mason United Methodist Church and lives in Tacoma with her husband Jesse. 

Jeremy Smith


Rev. Jeremy Smith is a transplant to the Pacific Northwest from the South. He graduated from Oklahoma City University and received his Master of Divinity from Boston University of Theology. He is the senior pastor of First United Methodist Church in Seattle. He and his partner Chelsea live with their three daughters in the greater Seattle area.