The staff of Mountain View Lutheran Church is committed to bringing excellence in all that they do to help support and further the vision, mission, and ministry of the congregation.


PASTOR Briana R. Merkle •

► Pastor Bri has served at Mountain View since 2018 with an emphasis on youth and family ministry. Having grown up in Puyallup and attending the University of Washington, Pastor Bri then pursued her Masters of Divinity at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, CA—where she also met her husband, Kyle, now a fellow Lutheran Pastor in the Puyallup area.

Pastor Bri was drawn to the Mountain View family by the depth of relationships and the depth of theological and Biblical reflection among this community. Her call is to further these same characteristics among the youth and families of the congregation. Her ministry is marked by the gifts of joy, steadfastness, organizational leadership, and a gentle wisdom.

In her spare time, Pastor Bri enjoys discovering good coffee shops and baking for family and friends; she also aspires to have a thriving home garden. Most recently, she became a mother and now enjoys the gift of raising her daughter within the family of Mountain View Lutheran Church.



► Brenna just relocated to Seattle in September, after having returned to her home town of Hebo, Oregon (in Tillamook County) in 2014. While there, she served two congregations in Tillamook, worked as a music director, stage director.  She also began a rock music program at a youth correctional facility as part of their summer instruction. This experience led her to seek a position at the School of Rock in West Seattle, where she teaches voice and keyboards.

From 2002-2014 Brenna lived in New York City, where she worked as a theatrical music director, accompanist, and vocalist, writing and performing three one-woman shows. Though she was trained as a classical pianist, rock and pop music was a major influence when she was a child. While in school, she also studied clarinet, oboe, saxophone, flute, drums and organ. At Lewis and Clark College she played and sang traditional Indonesian music as part of their Javanese Gamelan. She completed her BA at Hunter College in NYC, with a major in music and a minor in theatre. As a church musician, Brenna has worked with denominations including: ELCA, Reformed Church of America, Presbyterian, Episcopal, Baptist, Unitarian Universalist, Methodist, Messianic Jewish, and Roman Catholic.

Brenna is a member of the American Contract Bridge League, and is always up for a game of bridge! She recently completed a seven month road trip, with her little dog, Bebel – who will want to meet each and everyone of you! Her intention was to find a new place to settle. After visiting 35 states, camping and staying with family and friends, she is delighted to be right back in the Pacific Northwest.


PARISH WORKER Marlene Wright •

► Marlene and her husband Keith have been members at Mountain View for 9 years. Marlene was born and raised in the Federal Way, WA.  She attended Washington State University where she received her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. She worked at Weyerhaeuser in Federal Way for 12 years before choosing to stay home with her three kids (Connor, Jarod and Sarah). In 2016 Marlene took the role of Office Ministry Coordinator for Creator Lutheran Church in Bonney Lake. While she loved her position at Creator, when the opportunity to work for her own congregation presented itself, she couldn’t pass it up.

Marlene feels privileged to serve this community of Christ and looks forward to getting to know all those who worship here.


► Troy has been a member of Mountain View Lutheran Church, along with his wife Carianne, for 25 years. They were married at MVLC. Their daughter Kyra was baptized at MVLC and participates in the high school youth group.

Troy graduated from University of Washington Tacoma with a BA in Liberal Studies and previously worked in the book industry for sixteen years. He has served on staff in various roles—Small Group Ministry Coordinator, Administrative Assistant, and now Communications Director—as well as taught high school Sunday school for a number of years.

Troy is an avid reader, writes poetry, and enjoys sidewalk chalk art, gardening, and day hiking. His favorite novel is Moby-Dick, his favorite animal is the North Pacific giant octopus, and his favorite prophet is Elijah.

He recently decided to pursue a journey in the martial arts and is a yellow belt in Shotokan karate.

CUSTODIAN Yelena Zhurko