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The New 17th ave House Presidents

11 Sep

Michael Stead

Michael Stead

Hometown: Sammamish,WA

Major: Mechanical Engineering

What excites you most about being House President: I absolutely love each and every guy in the house. I am so amped to help provide opportunities for these guys to grow and mature into solid men of God and watch the development  that is bound to happen. Going into my fourth year in the house, I have been blessed by the intergenerational community of believers around me that have poured into my life and modeled for me how to lead. I now hope that  I can depict the best of these attributes to the the guys and girls around me and illustrate how much I care about them and their lives going forward. Ryker and I’s goal for the house is to have the guys be continuously engaged and active in the community around them and remind them that their life is not “all about them”. I also strive to empower guys to pursue their passions and make the house an avenue for these goals. Lastly, I am excited to be stretched and learn from this awesome opportunity and strengthen my love for the lord and for the people around me.

Leadership in one word: Selflessness

Favorite Book: Ender’s Game

Celebrity Crush: missy peregrym

Ryker Young

Ryker Young

Hometown:  Woodway, WA

Major: Business Administration – Entrepreneurship and Information Systems

What excites you most about being House President: I am excited to be House President with Michael because we get to lead and encourage our brothers in Christ. We have a unique opportunity to integrate 28 new guys into the community while maintaining the traditions of brotherhood and discipleship set before us. I am proud to call myself an Ave Guy and am looking forward to the year ahead. 

Leadership in one word: Enabling others

Favorite book: Tuesdays with Morrie

Celebrity Crush: Kristi B. 



The New North House President

11 Sep

Taylor Naber

Tayler Naber

Hometown: I lived outside of Spokane, Washington for the seven years leading up to college, but it has become less of my hometown since my family moved back to this side of the state last summer. 

Major: : Biology and Public Health 

What excites you most about being House President: I have received so much from this community–as a freshman, moving in and not really knowing where I belonged it was the best place I could be. And now, I am excited about giving back, contributing with my ideas and of how I think the community would best serve its purpose.

Leadership in one word: Service

Favorite Book: I like all books; Wild by Cheryl Strayed,The Road by Cormac McCarthy, Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg, The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory

Celebrity Crush: David Beckham


The New South House President

11 Sep

Rachel Forrey

Rachel Forrey

Hometown: Burien, WA

Major: Communications and Minor in Nutrition

What excites you most about being House President:  I am so blessed and excited to be a Women’s House President for next year! The last two years in Vision 16 have been the best few years of my life so far. I have made some of the strongest friendships, while also growing in my relationship with the Lord. As president of the South House, I am excited to lead a house centered on loving others through Jesus. I cannot wait to lead a house of women that are excited about their faith and want to pour into this community. Living in Vision 16 is such a great opportunity to grow, while also having a solid foundation to come home to. This next year is going to be full of good times and laughter and I cannot wait! 

Leadership in one word: Dependable

Favorite Book: Love Does By Bob Goff

Celebrity Crush: Channing Tatum


The New Trio President

11 Sep

Lexie Grindstaff

Lexie Grindstaff

Hometown: I grew up in Longview, WA, located 2 1/2 hours south of Seattle. 

Major: I am majoring in Business Administration with a focus on marketing.

What excites you most about being House President:  This upcoming school year, half of the Tree House is going to be made up of new faces! I am most excited to see how God is going to bring girls together and mold our house this year. There is so much potential for the Vision 16 community, and I can’t wait to see what God has planned for us all! With my president position I plan to use my gifts and give back to this community that has blessed me so greatly!

Leadership in one word: Commitment

Favorite Book: Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers

Celebrity Crush: A year ago, everyone knew my celebrity crush was Justin Bieber. As time has passed and I’ve matured, I think most people would be glad to know I’m now crushin’ on Tim Tebow.


New on Staff: Karianne Gwinn

26 Aug

It is with great excitement that we announce our new Women’s Coordinator, Karianne Gwinn.  Vision 16 is so thrilled to have her with us this year and below you can get to know her a bit, in her own words.

V16 Women's Coordinator - K. Gwinn

My name is Karianne Gwinn.  I am a San Diego native that has fallen in love with the Pacific Northwest (who knew?!).  During my first year out of high school, I attended Covenant Bible College in Ecuador with forty other North American students.  That year I really started to love living in community and developed a passion for life together and learning to love each other well.  After Ecuador, I attended and graduated from Seattle Pacific University where I studied communication and music.  During my last two years at SPU, I lived in Vision 16’s Tree House.  After I graduated, I moved back to San Diego to work as the Children’s Program Coordinator at a non-profit that serves victims of domestic violence and child abuse.  When the funding for my position didn’t come through, I took the opportunity to move back to the city that I had been missing and the community that had become so important to me.  So I packed my car, hit the 5 and here I am.  Some of my hobbies include making jewelry, singing, teaching and practicing yoga, and spending time with friends.  This year I am most looking forward to spending one on one time with the amazing women that live in the Vision 16 community as they continue to grow into their truest selves, develop their gifts, and seek Jesus all the while.

Upcoming Dates & Events

14 Dec

Here are some upcoming happenings around the Vision 16 community:

  1. Finals are in full swing!  Students are in the middle being punished by higher education via rigorous tests that determine their academic fates.  Pray for them!
  2. Christmas Break, Dec. 17-Jan 2.  Houses will be closed from the 18th til the 1st.
  3. Family Dinners, Jan 6.  All of the students will be broken into small groups and eating dinner at families homes in and around Seattle.  If you’d like to host a group of students, please email me:
  4. Winter Gathering, Jan 7.  Students will be gathering for fellowship, music, a speaker, and discussion.

I hope everyone is enjoying a season full of friends, family and reflection upon the gifts of birth, life, and love.

Blog Split!

11 Oct

As previously mentioned, the blog is undergoing some changes.  There will now be two Vision 16 blogs, one that is open to the public, the other which will require logging into WordPress and my approval.  The main Vision blog (the one you are reading currently) will still be updated, but mainly with dates and basic info.  The other blog ( will have more musings, writings from students, and other entries that we don’t necessarily want to be open to the general public.

So, if you would like access to the other blog, here is what you’ll need to do:

  1. Create a WordPress username and password by clicking here.
  2. Send me an email with your username, saying you’d like to be added to the blog.
  3. Whammy!  You’re done, and you never have to think about it again.
In other news, check out the following photos from our Facilitator Retreat at Whidbey Island:

The human knot!

Nothing says retreat like a game of hearts.

The Presidents (Lauren Facchini, Luke French, Amy Grimm, Andrew Perkins, Edee O'Connor).

The 2011-12 facilitators (sans Allison Snyder & Michael Griffith) with Sarah Mazzoncini and Ryan Thomas.