About Us

Meet Our Staff

Pastor

Michael Byus

OFfice manager

Cecelia Endicott

CHOIR DIRECTOR

Dan Owen

Pianist

Mary Kaye Owen

Read Pastor Mike's Bio Here

Rev. Dr. Michael D. Byus

I was born in Indiana in 1950 and after moving all over the country, we finally landed at a Navy base in the California desert in 1959 where my dad was an electronic engineer.  This is basically where I grew up.

After 10 years in the Army, I worked as a contractor in the computer business, from programmer to analyst.  Today, I have a wonderful wife, 3 great daughters, 6 grandchildren, and 2 precocious great-grandkids.

After hearing the Lord’s call in 1990, I went into ministry first as a kid’s choir director, then as a licensed minister until I could go to seminary.  

While in seminary, I worked with and counseled incarcerated teenagers as a Chaplain.  I now have over 20 years’ experience in pastoral ministry with emphasis on Chaplaincy, counseling, and spiritual care.  

Licensed in 1994 and after 2 years’ ministry field work, I was ordained. I have pastored three churches (one of which I helped plant) and performed as a chaplain in a variety of settings to include nursing homes, hospitals, and retirement centers.  For several years, I volunteered and assisted the local Fire and Police Departments as an on-call Chaplain.

After moving to Washington, I was called to serve as the associate pastor of a local church, and when the senior pastor went to be with the Lord, I was asked to take the position.  I was their senior pastor for almost 19 years. 

I now serve, by the grace of God, as the Interim Pastor of Living Word Lutheran Church. May the Lord guide my steps and keep me humble in His service.

My credentials include:

BANewport University

Chaplain CertificationMaster’s Divinity School

CPEChaplain Field Work

MDivBiblical Counseling; Trinity Theological Seminary

CChD (HC)CIRC

PhDApologetics; Trinity Theological Seminary

DD (HC)LOC

Read Cecelia's Bio Here

I was born in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, and lived in a small town outside of Philadelphia for over fifteen years. When I was a teenager, my mom, sister, and I moved to California, where I eventually finished my high school studies.

I joined the Navy right after high school and went to Orlando, Florida.  Basic training was tough,  but I felt that was where God wanted me to be.  I was stationed at Long Beach, California on the USS Prairie, the oldest ship in the western fleet. I did a lot of grunt work until I was stationed off the ship in a small office on the base.  My duties there were typing, filing, and working for our Master Chief.  

Long Beach was where I met my husband.  We were married in Las Vegas after dating for four months – a decision my mother was not happy about!  Before I knew it, I was a mother to three children under the age of four.  As our family grew, my enthusiasm for military life waned.  So, I left the Navy to focus on my young family.

Though I had accepted Jesus at age 13, God seemed distant to me in those years.  I met some wonderful friends at a church I attended and that brought me back to God. 

God has led me through many circumstances – some good and some horrible experiences.  But, once I learned to lean on Christ, my faith grew and I have become what God wanted for my life.  He has used those scars from childhood trauma to help me empathize with others. And, my life is full.

That Vegas wedding my Mother didn’t like has worked out.  My husband and I are celebrating our 35th anniversary this year.  Our children are thriving adults.  Now entering a new stage in life, I look forward to more time with my husband, learning new things, and growing by the power of the Holy Spirit.  

My favorite Bible verse is: 

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”  Proverbs 3:5-6

Read Mary Kaye's Bio Here

Mary Kaye Owen

Biography for Living Word Lutheran Church

(as of January 2022)

Mary Kaye Owen was born in Renton, WA, in 1956.  She was raised in North Bonneville, WA (near Portland, OR), where she practiced piano from the age of 6, all through her 1st-12th grade years.  Mary Kaye's father (who led her to the Lord when she was three years old) was the pastor of North Bonneville Community Church.  She began to play piano for church services in 6th grade.  In addition, Mary Kaye played piano for her high school swing choir and stage band, which was a lot of fun!

Mary Kaye graduated from Multnomah University in Portland with a Bachelor of Sacred Music Degree.  Her employment, however, was not related to music. Instead, she worked in heavy construction offices throughout her 20's.  Those projects saw her living on the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge.  After living in Ketchikan, Atlanta, and Georgia, she finally moved back to Renton, where she met her husband, Dan, and got out of the transient construction business.  All along, though, Mary Kaye played piano for churches she attended, and she always had a few piano students.

After marriage, Mary Kaye was able to earn her Master of Arts Degree in Music Education at the University of Washington (Go, Dawgs!).  She established a piano studio in her home and, even today, continues to teach private lessons to about 20 students there every week.  It was the perfect job for her after becoming a mother to sons Thommy (b. 01/14/94) and Titus (b. 01/14/96).  After the boys graduated from high school, Mary Kaye added substitute teaching for Renton School District to her money-making endeavors.  She tries to sub at a middle school or high school (any subject) once a week.  There's always a need for subs!

As mentioned previously, playing piano for church has been on Mary Kaye's weekly schedule since 1968.  Worship music has undergone big changes over the years, with hymnals and organs being swapped out for overhead screens and worship teams at today's megachurches, trickling down to the tiniest chapels.  Living Word Lutheran Church (LWLC) is adding new music to the old standards.  Joining LWLC as church pianist in 2011, Mary Kaye hopes to continue playing at services for as long as possible.  She loves her LWLC family!

MARY KAYE'S HOBBIES AND SOME FUN FACTS

Travel – local, national, and international, she's always got a suitcase handy!

BFF's – six of her long-time church friends since BD (Before Dan) meet throughout the year to celebrate each other's birthdays, Christmas, plus an occasional BFF trip.

Longest Friendship – Established with Roxi Beard Combs in 1956 when they were both babies (parents were college buddies).  Roxi and her husband Paul live in Tacoma.  It's nice to say Roxi and Mary Kaye have been friends all these years!

Long Life – Mary Kaye's maternal grandmother, Mary DeLaGrange, lives independently in Port Orchard, Washington.  The family plans to celebrate with her as she turns 105 years old on July 1, 2022.  Her daughter, Lavonne (Mary Kaye's mom), stays with her, just in case she forgets to turn off the stove…

Favorite Music – Jazz.  Mary Kaye and Dan enjoy going to Jazz Alley in downtown Seattle whenever their favorite artists are in the area.  Mary Kaye enjoys listening to YouTube Christian Jazz pianist Yohan Kim, and sometimes plays his arrangements for preludes at LWLC.

Dan's Bio Coming Soon

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Board

2021-2022 Term

Al Auge, President

Jim Gronhovd

Ron Johnson

Sharon Johnson, Secretary

Al Luberts 

Michael Stankovich

Lorraine Stargel, Vice-President

Heidi Sturdevant

Larry Volmer, Treasurer


Living Word Mission Statement


"We, God’s people of Living Word Lutheran Church, grounded in Holy Scripture, are called to follow and share the inspired Word of God in Christ, to live as faithful and obedient servants, reaching out to all people with the love of Jesus Christ."


Beliefs


Apostles' Creed


We believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.

We believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our LORD. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell. On the third day He rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Christian Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.  

Amen


Our Story

Living Word Lutheran Church was formed in 2009 as a new congregation affiliated with Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC).  The LCMC was founded in 2001 as an association of confessional Lutheran congregations and pastors from around the world.  LCMC is made up of people who gather around the Word and Sacraments. 

Living Word first held meetings at at Ballou Jr. High School, and later secured an office space and moved their Sunday services to the Meridian Habitat Center in Puyallup, WA.  

In the fall of 2019, the congregation purchased the property  where it currently worships.  The first service was held on the first Sunday of Advent.

Living Word is firmly committed to the authority of the Bible.  As Living Word's congregational faith statement says:

"This congregation accepts the canonical Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as the inspired Word of God and the authoritative source and norm of its proclamation, faith and life."

In addition, we as a congregation and as an association affirm the Reformation motto of

"Grace Alone, Faith Alone, Word Alone." 

With these free gifts, we are to "grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ" (II Peter 3:18, NKJV) so that "we no longer should live the rest of our time in the flesh for the lusts of men, but for the will of God" (I Peter 4:1 NKJV).


Vision Statement


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