Contact Us

  • Phone: 425-372-7420
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  • Church Office: 158 1st Place NW Issaquah, WA 98027



Our Team



Paul Dean

Lead Pastor & Elder //

Paul led the planting and establishment of Alathia Community Church in 2005. Alathia became Soma Issaquah in 2010.  He and his wife Kathryn lead an MC in the Issaquah Highlands and have 4 kids.

shiju jacob

Pastor of Leadership and Community Engagement //


Shiju joined the staff at Soma Eastside in November 2021. Prior to Soma, Shiju worked as a Project Manager in the Pharmaceutical industry beginning in 2015. He is married to Lindsay and they have two daughters, Lydia and Thea. As an original east coaster, Shiju is growing into an outdoorsman because of the inescapable beauty on the Plateau. In the meantime, he enjoys training in the sport of boxing, playing basketball, and reading books on practical theology and philosophy.

 Warren mainard

Youth Ministry Lead, Video Team Lead & Elder //


Warren Mainard is our Youth Ministry lead while we are between youth pastors, as well as Video Ministry director.  He has over 25 years of ministry experience as a Youth Pastor, Church Planter, Pastor and Non-Profit leader.  He now serves as the Executive Director of IMPACT Players, a non-profit focused on inspiring men to become great husbands, fathers and leaders.  Warren, his wife Leah and kids Krista and Micah live in the Issaquah Highlands and co-lead a Missional Community with the Rumseys. 

michele hare

Soma Kids Director //

Michele serves as our Soma Kids Director pointing families to Jesus, our only Rescuer and the best Boss of our everyday lives. She is an educator with a background both in public and private schools. Michele lives in beautiful Fall City with her husband Chris and their kids Ethan and Ebby. In her free time you’ll catch her fly fishing or working in her yard.
erika gienger

Service Coordinator //


Erika is the service coordinator and administrator at Soma Eastside Church.  Whether you are looking to attend a Sunday service, join a volunteer team, or just get more connected at Soma, she can point you in the right direction.  Erika lives in Covington with her husband Archie and their two boys, Kayden and Dominic.  She enjoys spending time outside with her kids and two dogs, hiking, and strength training.

Colin black

Deacon of Music //

Colin is the music coordinator and a worship leader here at Soma Eastside Church. He is amazingly supported by his wife Melinda and two boys, Judah & Maddox. He has enjoyed a lifelong passion for writing, recording, and playing music. He also enjoys spending time outdoors with his family and shooting sports. 


Amanda peck 

Deaconess of Spiritual Formation & Executive Assistant (leave coverage) //  


Amanda serves as the Deaconess of Spiritual Formation. She has also taken on the role of Executive Assistant to Pastor Paul Dean while Robyn Volk is on maternity leave. Amanda lives in Maple Valley with her husband, Stephan, and their girls, Lydia and Nora. She studied worship arts and has a heart for discipleship, worship, and the arts. She enjoys putting together the liturgy each week for our Sunday worship gatherings. Her hobbies include quilting and gardening.  

Robyn Volk // on maternity leave

Executive Assistant //


Robyn works directly with the pastoral staff, managing scheduling and various administrative duties. She lives in Preston with her husband, Tyler, and daughter, Riley, and is expecting baby #2 in July 2021. She loves to sing and lead worship, and snuggle her boxer dog, Remy.

chad eder

Director of Finance //

Chad has been on staff at Soma Eastside as our Director of Business and Finance since 2010.  Some of his areas of responsibility are: annual budget, human resource, vendor contracts, financial systems and general accounting.  Please keep Chad in prayer as he serves in this vital role within our church. 



volunteer leaders

Julianna Kirschenman

Administrative Assistant //   

Julianna volunteers her time as our Administrative Assistant to staff. Julianna lives in Sammamish with her husband Jay. They have three grown children and two grandchildren. She loves connecting with women, taking care of her grandchildren, and golfing.
Nick volk

Elder //

Nick has been an Elder with Soma Eastside since 2013. He holds a BA in Business Administration from Washington State University, and an MA in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary. He leads a Missional Community with his wife Colleen.

Tom Speckhardt

Elder //     


Tom has been an Elder with Soma Eastside since spring of 2021. He serves on the global leadership team for a non-profit focused on youth, and works cross-culturally to provide young people with the opportunity to encounter the love and message of Jesus in international communities. He lives in Issaquah with his wife Bernice and together they enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking, camping and sailing. 

brian maher

Deacon of Tech //


Brian has been serving as the Deacon of Technology for over 10 years. He has been in Washington State his whole life and enjoys spending time in God's mountains; running, climbing, or skiing them. He met his wife Elizabeth at Western Washington University and now lives in the Issaquah Highlands with her and their two children. Please reach out to him if you are interested in helping with running the mix console or slides.