Board Members

Our board members help guide the Living Stones Prison Ministry.  Click here to read more about the board's responsibilities.  If interested in serving on this board, please contact Pastor Melanie Wallschlaeger at melanie.wallschlaeger@elca.org.

Dave Carney, member

With my home congregation of Gull Harbor Lutheran Church in Olympia, I’ve been attending Living Stones worship services for about ten years annually.  I developed a heart for this ministry on my first visit and look forward to the men’s worship music and unfiltered enthusiasm for Christ each time I attend.  My career has spanned various industries, including medical practice management, commercial insurance and real estate sale, and I am currently a broker at the largest residential real estate company in Thurston County.  I enjoy discussing Living Stones with friends and clients.

Nicole Carney, secretary

I have attended services at Living Stones for several years with my home congregation, Gull Harbor Lutheran Church.  From the first time I attended, I was struck by the level of devotion many of the men had for Jesus and the testimonies they shared of finding hope in Him in an otherwise bleak situation. Men asked to be baptized and I felt the presence of the Holy Spirit at every service. After being part of such uplifting experiences, I was honored to join the board of Living Stones and am the current secretary. I was a volunteer leader with Bible Study Fellowship for 12 years and have been a podiatric physician in private practice in Olympia for the past 18 years.

Teresa Jackson, chair

For five years my son was incarcerated and I worried during that time about whether there was an opportunity for him to worship in prison. After visiting the Living Stones Congregation in Shelton with my church, I knew I wanted to serve in this ministry. I saw amazing messages of grace comfort the men there and saw how grateful the men were for the visits from people wanting to worship with them. I was invited to join the Living Stones Board and presently serve as board chair. Besides my work with Living Stones Board I serve on our synod’s Outreach Board and as Evangelism Chair on our church council at Peace Lutheran Church in Tacoma. I am energized about where God is leading Living Stones and Living Stones Fellowship. I look forward to doing my best with God’s help to lead our board forward to bring Jesus into the lives of men who are incarcerated and bring grace-filled opportunities to the men being released.

Rev. Doug Peterson, member

Jim Shanafelt, treasurer

Rev. Melanie Wallschlaeger,  synod advisor