ABOUT

What We Do

We encourage and equip the next generation to live their lives centered in Jesus by providing discipleship opportunities.  We organize events that create a context for intergenerational friendships to form and community to develop. And we partner with, equip,  and support those who are committed to discipleship.

Who We Are

We are a small team based in Seattle whose mission is to encourage servant leadership through Jesus- centered discipleship of the next generation.

Centered is a subentity of the non-profit Leadership Development Seminars, a 501(c)(3) non-profit headquartered in Seattle, WA. founded in 1989.

What We Believe

We believe Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth, the Life, the Living Word, the Peace, the Head of the Church, and the Image and Person of God.

Our Vision

Every believer beginning in WA state is in a discipling relationship that deepens the centrality of Jesus and His teachings in their lives.

OUR TEAM

Wes Anderson Senior Associate

Wes Anderson is a Senior Associate with Centered as well as the team’s voice of reason and wisdom. Wes has experience all around the world serving simply as a friend and an ambassador of Jesus. In his spare time, Wes enjoys getting away and spending time with friends and family at Tumble Creek.

Grant Gustafson Associate

Grant Gustafson is an Associate with Centered. Grant helps with event coordination, team administration, and leads discipleship groups. Grant is passionate about seeking the presence and voice of God on a daily basis… and also the Portland Trail Blazers!

Emily Jamieson Associate

Emily Jamieson, an active partner in ministry for more than a decade, finds the most joy when partnering with her husband, Marshall.  She loves to do life, work and ministry from a place of rootedness in Jesus and her family.   She has a deep passion for discipleship and encouraging spiritual, mental, and emotional health in people, especially young adults.  As a business owner of Jamieson Coaching, Emily has worked as an Academic Coach for 10 years, and she often speaks and writes for an array of ministries.  Her first priority is wife and mom of four boys: Tucker Bennett, Wesley and Finn.  She also loves happens to love poetry, a good soccer game and London Fogs.  

Marshall Jamieson Associate

Marshall Jamieson, has a passion for telling others about Jesus and encouraging them in their faith.  His mission is to awaken hope in others through meaningful experiences that uncover passion and purpose.  Along with taking a role in thinking programmatically about Centered’s events, Marshall invests in intentional relationships with college and post college guys who desire to grow closer to Jesus. Prior to joining the team, Marshall served on Young Life staff as an Area Director over 11 years.  The highlight of Marshall’s life is being married Emily and raising four rambunctious boys: Tucker, Bennett, Wesley and Finn. 

Karen Johnson Senior Associate

Karen Johnson, is married to her best friend Dean, is mother to Chris, Jake, Karli and son-in-law Zack, and is Gramma to Tennyson and Clinton.  She is an R.N. with a BSN from the University of Washington, is a co-founder of SHARE (Sexuality, Health, and Relationship Education), and has worked at Group Health hospitals.  Karen taught at Bellevue College and Bellevue Christian High School, where she also coached golf for 11 years.  Prior to joining Centered, she worked for the Luke 1248 Foundation, where she led an initiative for women and youth.  Karen’s passion continues to be sharing the love of Jesus and investing in the next generation.  She loves to golf, ski, waterski, hike, SUP, and explore God’s amazing world.

Alexis Phillips Program Manager

Alexis Philips loves connecting people to one another and to great experiences that root faith.  She graduated from Seattle Pacific University with a BA in Organizational Behavior and has worked in a variety of settings including radio, brain research, investment banking, and served as a preschool director.   Alexis is married to her best friend, Troy, and together they have two kids:  Gavin and Angela.  After choosing to set her career aside to stay home and be Mom, she joined Center to focus on event management and program development.  Alexis is passionate about family, friendship, really good coffee, books from a variety of genres, gardening, and mountains. 

Jeff Vancil Senior Associate

Jeff Vancil is the Executive Director of Centered. In any given week, you can find Jeff meeting with college students, business leaders, civic leaders, and everyone in between. Amidst everything, Jeff has a passion for Jesus and helping disciple the next generation of Jesus-centered leaders.

Donna Winship Associate

Jamie Winship Associate

Centered Council

Jeff Vancill Associate Director

Jeff Vancill Associate Director

Jeff Vancill Associate Director

Jeff Vancill Associate Director

Jeff Vancill Associate Director

Jeff Vancill

Associate Director

Jeff Vancill Associate Director

Jeff Vancill Associate Director

Jeff Vancill Associate Director

Jeff Vancill Associate Director

Jeff Vancill Associate Director

Jeff Vancill Associate Director

OUR PARTNERS