About Beattie

My wife and I at Cannon Beach.

My wife and I at Cannon Beach.

34 year old husband, dad, friend, son and brother. Follower of Jesus, one-time pastor and church-planter (that’s a funny term, eh?) and Master of Divinity student at Fuller Seminary. I recently moved from Seattle (after 13 years) to Kirkland, WA to an over-priced house (yours is too) that I’m very thankful for with an amazing wife and 2 kids. I drive around in a Honda Odyssey with a Chocolate Labrador and 2 small kids – which in the Seattle-area is the equivalent of camouflage. It’s good to remember that compared to 90% of the world, I live like a king – and likely so do you. Unless you’re a woman, then you’re more like a queen. I care about people, their stories and how they fit into the grand narrative of our universe. I worry about: the world my kids will inherit, my cholestoral levels, whether the Mariners will ever make the world series, human trafficking & poverty, (my) white guilt, how Lost will end, my stumbling along as a Christian and when I’ll have a real paying job again. I agree with Dumbledore who said something like: within each of us is the capacity to do good or to do evil. It’s our choices that determine who we are. But ultimately, like Bono, I’d be in deep doo-doo if Karma were my ultimate judge. I’m holding out for grace.



  1. Try Earl de Blonville on YouTube. He’s an Arctic explorer, the leader of the first Australian expedition to Greenland, and is about to lead an expedition of 14 year olds to show them how to live in extreme weather conditions, for he says the tipping point has passed us by.

  2. Hi Ryan:
    I just happened to “Google” on Walt’s name and amazingly there is the beautiful service that you conducted celebrating Walt. It just brought back that bitter sweet afternoon. I know that Walt heard all that was said about him, and I know that he would be so humble to know that people held him in such high esteem.

    I loved that man, and miss him every day. Thank you for letting the rest of the world know what a wonderful person he was.


    • Hi Mary, I’m so glad you wrote this comment. It is a bitter sweet thing for all of us. It was truly an honor. We think of Walt often and have kept that great picture of him from the Alaska cruise on our counter. I know for Kristi especially, something will always be missing this side of heaven with Walt’s passing.

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