Meet Our Staff
DAVE ELLIFF | LEAD PASTOR
Dave and Mary are from Little Rock, Arkansas and have been married since 2012. They currently have four children, Caroline, Caleb, Elijah, and Emily, who each have their own hilarious personalities and bring their parents much joy!
Before church planting, Dave spent three years on staff with a college ministry at the University of Oklahoma. He then moved to South East Asia for several years where he helped plant a church of university students. It was there that God began growing Dave's passion for the local church and where he started to see the need for new churches. While completing his Masters of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, he and Mary began praying about where God might be calling them to plant their lives. They firmly believe God has placed them in Seattle and have a desire to see those who don't know Christ find Him, and become multiplying disciples. In their "spare time" Dave and Mary enjoy drinking good coffee, being outdoors, and playing with their kids.
kevin black | associate pastor
Kevin joined Roots Community Church as an Associate Pastor in March of 2017. He moved to Seattle from Little Rock, Arkansas where he studied communications and business before working in philanthropy for 5 years. His call to ministry included two major focuses: preaching the Gospel and making disciples of Christ. Teaching, preaching, shepherding the core-team, and meeting any administrative needs make up his role at Roots. A free day for Kevin almost always includes some variation of playing sports, cooking, reading, writing, running, riding, and relaxing outside.
HANNAH O’DONNELL | ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
Prior to moving to Seattle from Texas, Hannah developed a love for small businesses while working at an economic development company. After graduating from Texas A&M University with a degree in Business Management and Certificate in Entrepreneurial Leadership in May 2017, she came on staff at Roots Community Church. On a weekend, Hannah and her husband Shannon enjoy drinking coffee, eating Korean food, and meeting new faces at Roots Community Church!
DANIEL ELLIFF | WORSHIP PASTOR
Daniel joined Roots Community Church in February of 2016 from Little Rock, Arkansas. He graduated from the University of Central Arkansas where he studied communication and public relations. Daniel has a deep desire to see people connect with, and be changed by God through praise and music and believes that corporate worship plays a significant role within the church. God placed this calling on his life in high school and he has passionately served on several worship teams since. Roots Community Church is Daniel's third church plant to be a part of. He is overjoyed to take part in God's plan for Roots and is excited to see God's gospel proclaimed in the city of Seattle.
Anne Marie CARTER | SPROUTS Ministry leader
Anne Marie moved to Seattle in January 2016 and joined the church staff officially at the beginning of 2018. Since she was in elementary school, God has given her a deep love for kids and families. Her desire, specifically in the children's ministry, is to come alongside, love, encourage, and understand the needs and help equip families and kids. Our biggest desire in Sprouts is to help and teach children and families how to intimately know their Heavenly Father and grow closer together as a family unit no matter the background or former training.
MEET OUR SERVE TEAM LEADERS
Kirsten McLean | Creative Team Lead
As Creative Team lead, Kirsten oversees all things design-related at Roots. With an architectural background, knack for all things Adobe and love for watercolor painting, she is passionate about using visual mediums to connect and welcome others into the church.
Scott Parmely | Media Team Lead
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
Jake McLean | SUCH Team Lead
Jake is a research engineer at the University of Washington. He enjoys listening to NPR, being in the mountains and walks around Green Lake with his wife and sons. If you would like to get to know Jake more swing by the Wednesday night Growth Group.
James Thompson | SUCH Team Lead
James is a freelance graphic designer with a love for great coffee, conversations, and Jesus. Much of the design work you see at Roots is thanks to his talented eye for art and design.
Hannah Bonotto | SUCH Team Lead
Originally from California, Hannah moved to Seattle in 2016 to begin a career in structural engineering. With a passion for welcoming anyone who is new or reconnecting with regular members, Hannah is often one of the first faces you see as you arrive at Roots. In her free time, you will often find Hannah riding her bike, exploring the outdoors, or playing games with friends.
KateAshley Clarke | Women’s Ministry Lead
KateAshley moved to Seattle in 2018 and loves her church community at Roots. She is passionate about welcoming newcomers and deepening relationships among women. KateAshley enjoys puns, bookstores, and classic movies.