Terry Kyllo

Terry Kyllo

Executive Director

The Rev. Terry Kyllo is a Christian pastor who strives to live by the core teachings of the Abrahamic Tradition:

  • Love God more than our tribe and tradition
  • Love our neighbors as we love ourselves, and
  • Manage economy equitably within the limits of the ecosystem

Terry is a Lutheran pastor serving as the Executive Director of Paths to Understanding (formerly the Treacy Levine Center). In 2015, Terry founded Neighbors in Faith to counter anti-Muslim bigotry. Neighbors in Faith is now a program of the Paths to Understanding.

He is the author of two books, Being Human and Apprenticeship. He was published by the Aspen Institute in their 2018 Pluralism in Peril Report and has been featured on Crosscut.com, KOMO TV, KOMO Radio, TriCity Herald, and appeared on the Challenge 2.0 TV Show.

Expertise: Dehumanization, Islamophobia Industry, Racism, Human Rights and Interfaith & Multi-faith Relationships.

Awards: Terry was the recipient of the Faith Action Network Interfaith Leadership Award in 2016, the Interfaith Leadership Award from the Muslim Association of Puget Sound in 2017, the Sultan and Saint Peace award in 2017and the Muslim Association of Puget Sound 2018 “Inbound Good” award for a non-Muslim who benefitted the Muslim Community, and the Called to Lead Award in 2018 from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.

A graduate of the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and Pacific Lutheran University he has been a pastor since 1991 and has served in partnership between Episcopalians and Lutherans since 2004.

Terry grew up in Lacrosse, WA. He grew up in a loving Lutheran family. He is deeply formed by the chronic illness of his mother, his work for a local farmer, and the Lutheran tradition.

He lives in Anacortes, WA with his spouse. They have two daughters and enjoy hiking, biking, kayaking, camping, and playing with their dog Ginger.

Monica Steele

Monica Steele

Contributor Relations and Multi-Faith Outreach

Rev. Monica feels called to light a path to peace – learning to understand and value the diversity and richness of all life and sharing that gift with others. She came to multi-faith activism through her work as a pastoral musician and choral director in varied church and school settings. She also has family ties that are mixed Jewish – Christian, and an exposure to 12-step and indigenous spirituality. A deep concern for climate justice and its effects on marginalized peoples created a desire to bring people together to form ally-ships, countering injustice and building a sustainable future for life on our planet. She has hope that science, faith and thoughtful/ compassionate action will join together to create a sustainable world that provides for the common good of everyone.

Brought up in the Catholic tradition with a Catholic father and a Unitarian mother she developed a broader sense of curiosity and wonder for other traditions through her work with the Center for Jewish-Christian- Muslims Relations at Merrimack College. She graduated from One Spirit Interfaith Seminary, NYC and was ordained an Interfaith Minister June, 2014. She earned her Master’s Degree in Choral Conducting and Fine Arts Education Administration from St. Mary’s College/ Winona, Minnesota with choral studies at the New England Conservatory and a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Berklee College of Music/ Boston, Massachusetts.

Previously from Massachusetts she worked for 14 years as Choral Director and Fine Arts Director of the Ipswich Public Schools. She was Coordinator of Music for Campus Ministry at Merrimack College, founding Director of the Merrimack College Chorale and Director of Music Ministry at St. Augustine Parish from 2006 to 2009. She moved to Tacoma to work at St Leo’s Parish as Pastoral Assistant for Music and Liturgy for four years before going to work at First Christian Church Tacoma as Minister of Music and Spirituality in 2014-2015. She has been with Paths to Understanding in different capacities since 2013.

Monica is married to Jeffry Steele, classical guitarist, composer/arranger, music teacher, and mental health counselor. They live on Orcas Island and have two grown sons, Nathaniel and Noah. They enjoy the outdoors, swimming, hiking, and dancing.