James H. Kim Senior Pastor and Head of Staff
James has been a pastor at the Little Church on the Prairie since Feb. 2010. Prior to that he was a pastor in the suburbs of Dallas, TX for 15 years.
James is married to Helen and they have four children Karis, Kaitlin, Kailey, and Kaleb. Besides being a pastor, James loves to get out on his motorcycle to enjoy the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. James enjoys a good cup of coffee, good conversations, a good book, and a good round of golf … the bad rounds, well … not so much.
Brad Epperson Associate Pastor
Prior to his calling to The Little Church on the Prairie in March of 2012, Brad served as a Chaplain Resident in the Intensive Care Unit at St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma. Brad and Heather both hail from Washington and have two kids, Ava and Lucas.
Although Brad owns his own bowling ball and shoes, he somehow still manages to average a score in the mid 70’s to low 90’s. Pathetic. That said, Brad actually hit a 7-10 split once (on accident).
Jim Probert Parish Associate
Jim grew up near Baltimore, Md, and was a Mechanical Engineer at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft Corp. before sensing a call to attend seminary and eventually to be ordained in the PC(USA). He served several congregations before becoming the Pastor of the Skyline Presbyterian Church in N. Tacoma for 21 years. Jim served as a Parish Associate at LCOP from 2001-2002 before officially retiring in 2002, and became the PA again beginning in Jan, 2016.
Jim has been married to Evelyn for almost 50 years, and lots of people feel sorry for her! :-) They have 2 daughters and their husbands living in the area, and 2 grandsons. Jim and Evelyn love to travel and do lots of activity with their family. Jim also enjoys hiking, camping, biking, skiing, maintaining their vehicles and the family home in N. Tacoma, laughing, playing jokes on people, and reading all kinds of books.
Judy Brockhoff Executive Administrator
I started working at LCOP on April 15, 2013. Before coming here I worked for over 6 years as the Executive Director of the R. Merle Palmer Minority Scholarship Foundation (a.k.a. Palmer Scholars) in Tacoma. I have been involved in church work all my life. My father was a pastor of a small church and the whole family was called on to help in any way we could.
Originally from Phoenix, Arizona, I moved to the northwest in 2000. I am married to Hans Brockhoff, a physics teacher at Peninsula High School and between the two of us we have seven grandchildren.
I am very pleased to bring my passion for God’s work, my administrative skills, my business background and my education (M.B.A.) here to serve the people and mission of the Little Church on the Prairie.
Patsy Zofkie Office Manager
I live in Lakewood with my husband, Dave, and our youngest son, Evan, who is a student at Lakes High School.
I have a son, Brad and a daughter, Katelyn. They are both married, with young families.
I joined Little Church in 1984, and began working in the church office in 2004.
I am excited to be a part of Little Church, as we reach out to our community and share our awesome God!
Kathryn Lehmann Director of Music
Kathryn is the Director of Music at The Little Church, and the Director of our Chancel Choir. A native of the northwest, Kathryn began her music-directing career after graduating in Choral Music Education from Pacific Lutheran University.
She then began teaching choral music in the Clover Park School District and served a few years as both the youth choir director and the Chancel Choir director at LCOP. She received her Master of Music in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, and she then taught at Westminster on the voice faculty. Kathryn was the Director of Choral and Vocal Activities at Oregon State University for eleven years, and then pursued doctoral studies in Choral Conducting at the University of Colorado where she also served as the Director of Music at Atonement Lutheran Church in Boulder, Colorado. She has also taught on the choral music faculty at the University of Oregon, before returning to Washington to be the Director of Choral Activities at Pacific Lutheran University, where she directed the Choir of the West.
Currently she teaches part-time on the voice faculty at the University of Puget Sound where her husband, Steven Zopfi is the Director of Choral Activities.
Michael George Worship Leader for the contemporary service
Mike is the Worship Leader for Little Church’s contemporary service. Mike, Robin (his amazing wife), and their 4 (soon to be 5) kids live in Lacey, WA. His kids’ names are: Kyla, Sebastian, Mia, Avra, and (soon to be) Baby Girl George. Before being called to ministry at Little Church, Mike helped lead worship at Calvary Fellowship in Shelton, WA, but has been involved with music in a church setting for over 10 years.
Mike enjoys taking long walks with his wife and kids to enjoy God’s amazing creation. He loves playing music with his wife, Robin. Mike also enjoys a nice cup of coffee….or 5 (Not really, usually just 4).”
Sue Burgoyne Prairie Bells Director
Sue has enjoyed directing the Prairie Bells at Little Church since 1997. She grew up in Farmington, Michigan and earned her degrees in Music and Education at Western Michigan University. She moved west in 1966.
Dave and Sue have been married for almost 36 years and have a daughter, Jenn, a granddaughter, Sarah and a son Matt (Suzanne).
I am pleased to be part of the music ministry at LCOP and look forward to more high notes.
Gary Kier Custodian
My name is Gary Kier and I’m your new custodian here at The Little Church. It’s an honor and blessing for me. I was born in Seattle although I lived many years in Los Angeles. I enjoy sports – Go Seahawks and Lakers! I moved to Tacoma a little over a year ago. I’m look forward to attending church on Sundays as well as giving 100% to help make the church a safe and clean environment for everyone. Thank you everyone, for the warm welcome.
Cathy Norberg Children's Ministry Director
Cathy Norberg has been leading Children’s Worship since 2001, because children are precious to Jesus. She would like all children to know that God loves them, and have the opportunity to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Cathy has 2 grown children who grew up going to LCOP, and were active in the youth group. She and her husband Rick love to ride their motorcycles in the summer, ski in the winter, workout at the YMCA, and travel year round. Cathy also loves to cook and bake, especially scones. Her favorite food is ice cream (just sayin’).
Leigh Lindstrom Learning Center Director
Leigh grew up in the Lakewood area and has raised 3 of her 4 daughters here. Leigh is currently a member of Skyline Presbyterian Church where she leads a youth outreach group on Wednesday nights.
Prior to working here, Leigh has worked for childcare programs for the Tacoma School District and KinderCare programs. In her spare time she works with her horses, is active in 4H programs, and enjoys camping.
Leigh says “I have enjoyed getting to know and work with the wonderful staff in the Little Church Learning Center.”
Kathi Loverin LCOP Preschool Coodinator
My name is Kathi Loverin, and I have the privilege of serving on staff with LCOP Preschool in 2 roles as the Program Coordinator and as Lead Teacher of the Senior Class. I was born and raised here in Lakewood and attended the local schools (Idlewild, Hudtloff and Clover Park). My husband, Don and I chose to raise our 3 children (Tim, Aly and Austin) here, as well. I attended Western Washington University where I received a B.A. in Child Development & Family Relationships. It is my joy to use what I have learned and experienced to interact with preschoolers and their families–both in the preschool environment and at MOPS (Mothers-Of -Preschoolers), which meets at Lake City Community Church, where I am a member. My staff and I view our preschool program as a ministry to our students and their families. We are keenly aware that we have been entrusted with a special calling in serving them. I am happy to answer questions that you may have about our preschool program.
Heather Epperson Parish Nurse (RN)
Heather Epperson grew up at Little Church. She went to college at the University of Puget Sound, where she studied Health Sciences, then married her youth group sweetheart and moved to Sacramento, where she completed nursing school and California State, University of Sacramento. She worked as a nurse there for about 3 years, and then moved back home to the Tacoma area. Heather is mother to 2 kids and works at St. Clare Hospital as a medical surgical nurse. She is thrilled to serve at LCOP and use her nursing background to help others, as she feels so grateful for the love and nurturing she has received from LCOP.