My name is Carolyn Hamilton
Carolyn Hamilton is excited about youth outreach at Englewood Christian Church! Carolyn believes that church happens not just on Sunday morning but wherever the spirit is found in good works, good hearts, and good helping. Carolyn loves using all our senses to teach and learn. Dancing, singing, creating art, making music and listening are all part of her approach to reaching kids. Sunday mornings and throughout the week, creativity and inspiration are found throughout the Englewood youth ministry.
Carolyn was raised in Wapato and attended Santa Clara University where she studied mathematics and art. She began fostering her love of movement and music soon after graduation by moving to NYC where acting and dancing became her focus. She lived in multiple cities but settled down in Cairo Egypt where she spent 13 years working as a successful dancer and actress. While in Egypt, Carolyn founded a yearly arts festival that focused on dance, live music, and culture. The festival ran for 8 years in 5 different locations around Egypt. She also produced 6 albums of Arabic music as well as taught dance in 35 countries. Her time in Africa and the Middle East have enriched her understanding of diverse cultures while developing an awareness of how similar we all are in our desire to be loved and to love.
Carolyn returned to the Yakima Valley and began to work with children in the public schools before coming to Englewood Christian Church. Now at Englewood she directs the After School Arts, a free art program for kids ages 7-14, and the World Dance and Rhythm Camp, a summer camp where children learn dances and rhythms from around the world. She strives to create a place at Englewood Christian Church where children are encouraged to learn and discover while their spirits are also nurtured.
My name is Dawn Gaulke
Dawn Gaulke is the Church Administrator at Englewood Christian Church. Before working at Englewood, Dawn worked as the Parish Administrator at St. Timothy's Episcopal church here in Yakima.
Dawn's administration experience began at Community Living where she worked as the Office Manager. Prior to her position in the Admin office Dawn worked as a Staff Supervisor and Client Coordinator, working with individuals with developmental disabilities. Dawn's experience in office administration and community services spans over a period of 25 years.
Dawn and her husband Tom have been married 33 years, have 3 adult Sons, two beautiful Daughters-n-Laws, six Grandchildren, and two German Shepherds, Princess Leia and Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Dawn's hobbies are cake decorating, Bible journaling and hiking.
My name is Ken Allman
Ken Allman has many years experience working as a Custodian. He worked at the YMCA in Yakima for 32 years before coming to Englewood Christian Church. Ken has been with us for the last 11 years, giving him 43 years experience in his field.
Ken takes pride in his job, and keeps our building clean and well maintained. He is very much loved by the children and staff in the Montessori School downstairs and is a very important part of our team here and Englewood Christian Church.