About Us

Lake Burien Presbyterian Church is a church for the neighborhood and a neighborhood for God. We are a place where everyone has a missional story!


Lake Burien Presbyterian Church began as a Sunday school church plant in affiliation with Seattle First Presbyterian Church on February 1919. They met in a local Burien schoolhouse for two and a half years under the leadership of Mrs L.G. Marshall. They taught the Bible to children here until they built their own building and dedicated it on October 30, 1921.

After a number of growth iterations the church was granted independence from Seattle First Presbyterian Church in April 1941 with 41 chartering members. The church was always a community church serving the neighborhood, the children and her families. On September 12, 1954 the current sanctuary was dedicated and the campus ministry began as a missional outpost and hub to the Burien neighborhood.


This neighborhood outreach appeal continues to this day. While the neighborhood has changed significantly in demographics the missional thread stills runs deep in our veins. A church for the neighborhood where everyone has a missional story is who we are and what we are about.

Burien currently is located in one of the most ethnically diverse zip codes in the entire country. Seahurst Elementary School, located two blocks away, has 33 different languages spoken and the Highline School district hails 59 different ethnic groups. Within this diverse area we stand as a lighthouse of hope in a violent culture. Christ is demonstrated and proclaimed. Join us and roll up your sleeves, community transformation in a diverse setting is our organizing and unifying principle.


Rev Lina Thompson


Lina was ordained in 2012 and then installed as the Pastor & Teaching Elder of Lake Burien Presbyterian Church in March 2015.   Most of her 30 years of ministry prior to coming to LBPC was spent as a national trainer, mentor and practitioner of community and youth development in urban communities.    Her life’s work is rooted in a vision for transformation that can be best described in this way:

“This is what the Lord Almighty says: “Once again men and women of ripe old age will sit in the streets of Jerusalem, each of them with cane in hand because of their age. The city streets will be filled with boys and girls playing there.”  Zechariah 8:4-5

 This vision of reconcilation, hope, and justice that fuels her work in ministry.  She desires, especially to see that children and young people are a vital part of this mission – not just bystanders or recipients but partners in God’s work.

Lina’s parents were among the earliest Samoan families to settle in the Seattle area nearly 60 years ago and she continues to be engaged in community initiatives that positively impact the lives of Pacific Islanders.   She also remains a national trainer,  facilitator/instructor,  speaker and mentor for organizations in the area of Community and Youth Development.

She is a proud graduate of Washington State University (her beloved Cougars!)  and Fuller Seminary.





James Vaughn

Music Director

James has been involved with the music ministry here at Lake Burien for several years and became our music director in June 2015.   James brings with him experience leading and directing music with several diverse local faith communities and denominations in the region.   He is a very well respected musician throughout the area.

His music experience and leadership is vast  – ranging from traditional, to contemporary, to gospel, leading small ensembles, worship teams choirs and even working with solo-artists.   His musical gifts have afforded him the opportunity also to learn, embrace and teach different music styles – and he has an appreciation for music from different cultures and ethnic communities.   Through James’ leadership, we are expanding Lake Burien’s ministry of “hospitality’ through music and worship.

James is always looking to improve and connect music to mission.  He is creative, innovative and very much committed to growing – both personally and professionally.   In addition to all of this, James brings with him, always, the gift of FUN and Laughter, which makes for a great addition to the team here at LBPC.

As music director, James is also responsible for the Audio Visual team at LBPC.

Shearl Cornelius

Office/Property Manager

The friendly voice you hear when you call our Lake Burien church office belongs to our amazing Office and Facilities Manager, Shearl Cornelius.  Shearl brings her value of hard work, creativity and sense of humor to our front office and is a welcomed member of our church staff.   Shearl has over 20 years of office management experience working for construction companies and other small businesses.

 Shearl has also had a few unique work experiences over the years.  Most curious to people are the 8 years she spent working on the oil fields “the Slope” in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska.  She was part of a communications department monitoring alarm systems and being a 911 operator.  She was also on the Emergency Team as an EMT first responder.

Before coming to Lake Burien, Shearl was employed for nearly seven years as a youth worker with Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission.   She was very passionate about her work with countless elementary students and their families.  Shearl is determined to stay connected to young people by faithfully teaching her Sunday School class here at Lake Burien and of course, first and foremost, raising her two lovely daughters, Olivia and Kiya.

Margo Fanene

Children's Ministry and Sunday School Coordinator - UGM

Margo Fanene , fondly referred to as Ms. Margo, brings to Lake Burien over 30 years of ministry experience with children and youth.

In addition to her role here at Lake Burien PC, Ms. Margo is also the Site Coordinator for our After-school program – a partnership with Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission.  Over the years, she has helped to grow and expand the UGM after school program into the 4 sites that are currently operating in partnership with local churches- training and developing staff and programs.  We are so fortunate to have her full-time directing our after school program here at Lake Burien.

Ms. Margo has an undeniable tireless passion to help young people grow in their understanding and love of Jesus.   She firmly believes that children are theologians and they see God in unique and profound ways – ways that go beyond just being “cute” but actually bring needed perspective, humility, transparency, and honesty to the rest of us!   We need children to be active participants in the life and ministry of the Church…and Ms. Margo is helping us to do that!

Carlo Nakar

Sound Tech

Carlo is grateful that he is getting to use his love for music, as well as his technological nerd-ery, in the service of the Kingdom. When he’s not behind the soundboard at church, Carlo works as the Audio Director/Producer for the TheKindlings.com. He also works with  developmentally disabled children.

Born and raised in Manila, Philippines, Carlo has embraced the Pacific Northwest as his home. He is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Theology and Culture from the Seattle School of Theology and Psychology. Carlo is delighted to be a part of the LBPC story.