John Bangs — Transitional Lead Pastor

Having invested ten years on the staff and faculty of Northwest University, John now serves as Director of Fuller Theological Seminary’s Northwest Regional Campus. John completed the Master of Divinity degree at Fuller Seminary and the Doctor of Ministry degree from George Fox University with an emphasis in Spiritual Formation. He enjoys sailing, skiing, swimming, walking, hiking, playing music, and family time. John is married to an amazing woman named Tina Osterhouse--who is a published novelist, blogger, minister, and speaker--and they make their home at a place called Lake Joy   between Carnation and Duvall. The Bangs-Osterhouse family includes a diverse bevy of ten kids, five who came from Africa in 2008, three who are grown, and two at home.

Email: jbangs(at)


Andrea Nelson — Highland Christian School Director

Andrea enjoys spending time with her husband, Kevin, and her two children, Kyle and Emilie.  She has lived in the Seattle area her entire life, and enjoys going to musicals, sporting events, swimming/snorkeling and Disney vacations.   She is excited to serve the children and their families in the Highland community.

Email: highlandchristian(at)



Tony Mullin — Worship Music Coordinator

Tony has been at Highland directing music since 2008. He finds joy in creating music and working with a such diverse group of personalities on the worship team. He also plays piano for local retirement homes. He enjoys spending time with friends and family over coffee, and listening to Coldplay, Whiteheart, and Rush.

Email: admullin88(at)

Dave Shelton — Pastor of Congregational Care

Pastor Dave Shelton and his wife Patty have three adult children: LeeAnne, Alyssa and Dane. Dave has attended Highland Covenant Church his entire life. He loves the people at Highland and their commitment to Jesus Christ, evidenced not only in service to each other, but to community near and far. Dave enjoys football and baseball, reading, music, fishing and traveling.

Email: dshelton(at)

Holly Bustad — Community Connector

Holly has been attending Highland since 1986. She and her husband, John, have four grown, amazing children.  The people of Highland have become family, sharing in the blessings and challenges of everyday life.  Holly's favorite things include music, watercolor painting, and talking with children. Jesus is her passion.

Email: hollyb(at)

Carol Lider — Community Nurse

Carol has been attending Highland since 1994. She graduated from Pacific Lutheran University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing. She has experience in Cardiac, Neonatal and Home Health Care. After taking time out from nursing to raise their boys Carol is looking forward to a new role. She believes strongly in the connection between faith and health and is excited to explore that with others. She has been married to Kirk for 30 years. They have three grown sons, Josh (married to Camille), Matt and Chris. Her hobbies include reading, skiing, hiking, cooking, traveling and being with family and friends.

Email: clider(at)

Louise Conner — Administrative Assistant

Louise has been part of Highland since 2004. She and her husband, Craig, have three kids: Abby, Rebecca and Timothy. She loves the way the Highland community worships, learns and serves together and enjoys her role in the church office. Louise also likes to write, hike, read a wide variety of books, and watch her kids do the things they love to do.

Email: info(at)

Sunday Morning Worship: 9:30 a.m. | Sunday School: 11 a.m.
Highland Covenant Church | 15022 NE Bel-Red Road | Bellevue, Washington 98007 | 425.746.7676