November 13, 2018
Toni Arthur says her awareness of Plymouth Church began years ago when she lived in Queen Anne and noticed our jazz vespers signs. Then last spring, as she researched information on another church in the area, she landed on Plymouth’s website, ‘surely a Divine nudge,’ she says. Discovering the sermon page, Toni listened to a couple of sermons. That’s when she knew it was time to check out Plymouth. Toni and her eighteen-year-old daughter Tiffany auspiciously arrived the first Sunday of Lent and have attended ever since. “I feel Plymouth chose me to be at home here,” she adds.
Toni was born and raised in large Virginia family, most of whom still live in the East, from New York to Florida. She attended a Baptist Church in her youth; her early church memories are not necessarily positive ones.
After earning a degree in Chemistry, Toni moved to Seattle in 1999. She visited relatives in Washington for summer vacation and knew she had found home. “Once I came to Seattle, I fell in love with it. I didn’t have a job, home or anything. I just jumped.” She worked as an environmental scientist for several years and started a family. Toni and Tiffany moved back east for a short period and returned about eight years ago to Issaquah, where she currently lives. Tiffany now attends college in Portland, where she is pursuing Global Studies. “I’m currently going through a transitional period in my life,” Toni adds.
Toni likes to read, write, listen to music, solve logic puzzles, crochet and cook. She also likes to camp, fish and hike.
“Plymouth Church inspires me, from the clergy to the staff, to the various ministries and the work toward social justice and helping in the community; I am highly impressed. You all have provided me with a very different church experience from what I was accustomed to, that is enriching, grounding and motivational.
I have already felt more connected to God. Through the inspiration that I feel because of Plymouth, I hope to deepen my relationship with God and become more involved in the good works of Plymouth Church.” —Janice Randall