Parish Staff

Fr. Jack Walmesley

Pastor |
206-935-0358, ext.107

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Pastor or “overseer” of our community since 2002; M.Div. from St. Thomas Seminary, in Kenmore, WA and a Masters of Theology from University of Toronto.

Fun Facts:  Loves Nordic skiing (“will give a good price for lessons!”), theatre, music, golf, ministry and hockey.

Mr. John Baumann

Pastoral Counseling |

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Pastoral Counseling: Provides counseling/psychotherapy for individuals and couples. Also coordinate the parish’s Grief Support Ministry. Coordinates the Baptism preparation process for young children. Has Master of Divinity & Pastoral Counseling Degrees from Seattle University.

Fun Facts:  Main hobby is golf (with some moderate success) ; married for many wonderful years to Marsha (even sang to Marsha during the ceremony with Marsha playing the piano!) Grew up in Indiana and experienced small town basketball as depicted in the film Hoosiers; played Dr. Chumley in the play Harvey (an early encounter with psychotherapy?); have lived in Renton since 1983.

Mrs. Marion Kari

Pastoral Care Coordinator |
206-935-0358, ext. 113

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Marion coordinates the Pastoral Care needs of the parish. She has a counseling background and also works half time as a director of a pre-school in Normandy Park. She is married and has a daughter who graduated from Guadalupe school.

Mrs. Helen Oesterle

Pastoral Associate |
206-935-0358, ext.108

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Works with Fr. Jack and other parish staff in the coordination and support of a variety of parish ministries, including RCIA and adult faith formation, liturgy, children and family faith formation, website support, and whatever else the Pastor asks me to do! M.Div. from Seattle University, Certification in the Mastery of the Catechism; Commissioned Lay Ecclesial Minister for the Archdiocese.

Fun Facts:  Mom of two wonderful children, Peter and Becky; teaches cycling and water aerobic classes at the WS YMCA; loves to go to movies, garden, bike, read, camp, hike, and going for daily walks with my two dogs; also a big Mariner fan!

Jennifer Ibach

Parish Outreach |

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Jennifer helps support and create parish service, advocacy, education and social justice efforts. She also acts as a parish liaison to the larger West Seattle community, forging creative partnerships where the gifts, talents, time, and space of the parish can be offered as resources to the neighborhood. Masters in Pastoral Studies from Seattle U’s School of Theology and Ministry. Commissioned Lay Ecclesial Minister for the Archdiocese of Seattle.

Fun Facts: Jennifer married her wonderful husband Pete is 2009 and they happily welcomed their first son, Lucas Raymond, in 2011. Jennifer enjoys traveling, cooking, hiking, dancing, knitting, movies, photography and spending time with her friends and family. She also loves speaking Spanish but needs practice to keep it fresh!

Mrs. Peggy Behnken

Parish Administrative Assistant |

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Responsible for parish registration and database updates, Annual Catholic Appeal, creating documents and brochures, sacred records, facility scheduling and contracts, website maintenance, helping Fr. Jack with his personal scheduling, and general knowledge of the comings and goings of the rest of the staff!

Fun Facts:  Three fantastic children, BA in Recreation from Eastern Washington University, worked for the U.S. Forest Service. Board of Directors for the I-5 Rollergirls Jr. Roller Derby Team.

Mrs. Gail Neudorfer

Bookkeeper |
206-935-0358, ext. 114

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Overall bookkeeping responsibilities including coordinating parishioner contributions, oversight of electronic funds transfer (EFT), and recording parishioner donations for tax purposes.

Fun Facts:  Graduate of Washington State University (Go Cougs!); mother of two; have been affiliated in different ways with Our Lady of Guadalupe for 20 years; loves to garden and is a big Seahawks fan!

Mr. Sal Pagan

Maintenance Supervisor


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Maintenance Supervisor

Contact Us
Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic School

3401 SW Myrtle St.

Seattle, WA 98126

Tel: (206) 935-0651

Fax: (206) 938-3695