Rev. Barbara Blaisdell was born in Portugal and spent her early life in what is now Zimbabwe. Her father was an agricultural teacher and her mother was an educator, and both worked on behalf of the church. Barbara was educated in Indiana, receiving her Master of Divinity degree at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis. She has been a frequent speaker at regional and national conferences. She is the author of many published articles and sermons and the co-author of Theology for Preaching. She has served churches in Indiana, California, and Hawaii. She is married to the Rev. Dr. Chuck Blaisdell. They have four adult children and three grandchildren.
Was born in Seattle and was raised in Bonney Lake. He has spent most of his adult life living/working and playing in Tacoma. He began studies in Classical Piano at the age of 15 at the University of Puget Sound’s Community Music Program. He also began studies with a composer and conductor on Raft Island in his twenties and began to compose, teach, and perform music in Seattle and Tacoma. Ben has worked closely with churches (most recently Grace Seattle Church on Capitol Hill) over the years, composing music for the services, leading worship from the piano, and nurturing artists in congregational music programs. He maintains a classical piano studio of 20 students as well as performs and records original music. “I am excited and full of gratitude to be involved musically with FCC and the rich musical tradition that is present here!”.
Cassandra Tripp was born and raised on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. She attended the University of Hawaii at Hilo where she studied under two professors who are pioneers in the computer science industry; they helped her intern with several government-related programs, including the Infrared Telescope on Mauna Kea and the Maui High Performance Computing Center affiliated with the Department of Defense. During her last years at the university, Cassandra began working for Hilo United Community Church (where Pastor Barbara Blaisdell was serving at the time) as the office administrator and technology consultant. While at the university she met her husband, Donald Tripp. In 2012 both Donald and Cassandra were given the opportunity to work with Holland America Cruise Line. In December of 2013, when the long time Administrator of FCC of Tacoma announced her retirement, Cassandra started working for First Christian Church of Tacoma in 2013.