The Mission of Good Samaritan Episcopal Church is to respond to God’s love through sacramental worship, prayer, faith formation, fellowship, and outreach into the Sammamish Community and the world beyond.

Leadership Team: Our leadership team recognizes the authority of God, and realizes that we are shepherds who serve under the Chief Shepherd, Jesus Christ. We desire to devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the Word. Our passion and goal is to equip the believers for the work of the ministry until we all attain maturity in the fullness of Christ.



Father Steve, Rector

The Reverend Doctor Steve Danzey has been a pastor for almost 30 years in Alabama, Texas and most recently Chicago.  He began his new ministry at Good Samaritan on June 14, 2015.
Fr. Steve was born in South Carolina, and raised in south Alabama and Northwest Florida. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama, and a Master of Divinity and Ph.D in Theology from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.
After serving for a Baptist pastor for 19 years, Fr. Steve hit the Canterbury Trail in 2003 and was ordained as an Episcopal priest in 2008.  He has served three
Episcopal churches since 2004: Church of the Incarnation, Dallas, Church of the Redeemer, Irving, Texas, and St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Chicago. 
Fr. Steve enjoys cooking, sailing, hiking, biking, cooking, reading, and traveling.  His most recent hobby interest is beer making; the results of that undertaking are still pending!  He has one son, Garrett, who lives and works in Denver, and was recently married to his partner, David. 
Phone:  425-868-2123

Kathryn Ballinger, Deacon

Kathryn was ordained a permanent deacon in 2000 in the Spokane Diocese and served in two parishes there before moving to the Seattle area in 2003. Kathyrn served at St. Thomas in Medina for 13 years before moving to Good Samaritan in December 2016.
Kathryn was born and raised in Seattle. She attended Sacred Heart School of Nursing in Spokane and Gonzaga University for her Bachelors degree. After her first husband’s death, she finished a Masters in Counseling from Whitworth University. Kathryn was a RN for over 40 years. She is also a trained spiritual director with more than 35 years of experience. She is a member of Spiritual Directors International, the Ignatian Spirituality Center, and an Associate to the Holy Names Sisters and a member of their Spiritual Directors Network. She also gives the Ignatian spiritual exercises retreat. Her religious background is ecumenical. She was raised in an evangelical church, spent 20 years in the Catholic Church and became an Episcopalian in 1988.
Kathryn was a single mom for ten years before marrying Philip in 1991. He is Associate Vice Provost of Enrollment at the University of Washington. Her three grown children and two grandsons live in the area which is a great blessing. She and her husband Philip enjoy traveling, gardening, reading and walking their Airedale Wally.
Phone: 425-868-2123

Rev. Brian Gregory, Minister of Youth & Families

I am thrilled to finally be here with you all, serving as Deacon and Curate.  I look forward to meeting everyone over the coming weeks and months and getting my hands dirty with you all in our shared work of ministry.  Our life together as Christians, as the Church, is a remarkable gift and my family and I are excited to experiencing the gift of this place over the coming years.
Phone:  425-868-2123


Nathan Shiu, Director of Music

After earning his B.A. from Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA with a focus on Music Composition, Nathan stayed to work as Staff Accompanist with Whitman College’s Music Department. For the following eight years, he played for private voice and instrumental lessons, student recitals, as well as Opera Workshop productions and fully-staged productions presented by Whitman College’s Harper Joy Theatre. In addition, during the last three of those eight years, Nathan began teaching voice as an Adjunct Voice Teacher which opened his eyes to the joys of teaching singing.
Finally, in 2013, Nathan made the decision to pursue a Master’s in Music. His two-year tenure at Washington State University provided concentrated experience learning about and researching the elements of singing. Nathan’s graduate studies culminated in a written project on teaching singing to children and adolescents. In addition, he served as Teacher’s Assistant for the Opera Workshop program both years where he continued learning about the details of producing semi-staged opera scenes and fully-staged operettas and musicals.
Moving back to the Greater Seattle Area and based in Bellevue, Nathan is excited to teach voice, play piano, and collaborate with the music community. Before Good Samaritan Episcopal Church, he was choir director for Salem Lutheran Church in Mount Vernon, WA. Outside of Good Samaritan, Nathan currently works as pianist and vocal adviser for Master Chorus Eastside, pianist and administrator for Bellevue Youth Choirs, and teaches piano and voice through the innovative small business Play at Work.

Judy Naegeli, Director of Communications

Judy Naegeli has been working in church and non-profit communications for about 10 years (give or take), most recently in Seattle Pacific University’s Alumni Relations Office. Raised Presbyterian, she received a Master of Divinity from Seattle Pacific Seminary in 2016, which mostly served to solidify her call to ministry–not to ordained ministry, but to the ministry of improving marketing and communication in churches.
Judy recently got engaged to her boyfriend Marc, whom she met at their masters rowing club in Seattle. They both row on competitive teams and travel all over the country to compete.

Nursery Staff – Sundays 9am-12pm

Nursery Care is provided for children birth to age 3 on Sunday Mornings from 9:00am until the 10:30am service ends. Our nursery is staffed with two paid staff member and one volunteer. To learn more click here. All staff and volunteers in the nursery have undergone Safeguarding God’s Children training and are great caretakers of our youngest parishioners.

India Andrews-Shank, Parish Childcare 

India is currently attending Bellevue College for early childhood education.  She is also a part-time nanny.

Gabriel Beuchat, Parish Childcare

Gabriel is currently attending the University of Washington as pre-med.


Volunteer Office Staff


Katy O’Brien, Treasurer

Katy is a native Floridian and a cradle Episcopalian and has been a member at Good Sam since 2012. As the Treasurer, she spends most of her time in the office doing bookkeeping for both church and school. She is also responsible for meeting minutes and other Vestry documents.
Phone:  425-868-2123

Mari O’Neil, Office Volunteer

Mari not only plays the flute during many services but she also publishes the weekly bulletin for each service.  She is also a member of the Buildings and Grounds committee. Mari was born and raised in Seattle and has been a member of Good Samaritan since 2000.
Phone:  425-868-2123

Carol Stamper, Accounts Payable

Carol was raised Catholic and converted to become Episcopalian in 2011 when she joined Good Samaritan.  She is currently the Finance Committee Chair and a member of the Vestry.  On Fridays you can find her in the office preparing the church’s payables.  In addition she keeps our Facebook page and website up to date.  
Phone:  425-868-2123