Meet the Team

Cliff Tadema

Interim Pastor

You might not be able to tell by just looking at him, but Cliff was born to missionary parents in Nigeria, Africa. One of 8 siblings he has 4 children himself and 15 grandchildren. Cliff’s parents have 46 grandchildren, 23 of whom are adopted. That perspective allows Cliff and his wife Caryn to delight in the grace and love God demonstrates to His children by adopting them.

Cliff has a passion to see broken people experience firsthand God’s amazing grace, and restoration. He truly believes that no matter what has happened to you, “God’s not done with you yet!”

Alison Acone

Community Care Pastor

You probably could already tell from her tan, but Alison grew up on sunny Southern California beaches before she and her husband relocated in 1990 to the slower pace of life found in… Bellevue. Ironic.

The smile lines on her face are brought to you by many years in youth ministry, her three kids, and two little granddaughters. After experiencing her share of tears, Alison’s deepest desire now is to help the hurting find the hope and comfort only Jesus can bring.

Hayden Wright

Worship Director

It may sound cliche, but growing up in Vancouver, Washington means Hayden naturally loves the cold rain, especially if there’s a hot coffee in his hand. When it comes time to thaw out, he and his wife, Sara, have a passion for traveling to new cultures where they love to try all the regional foods.

In addition to leading worship, and sarcasm, Hayden is also supporting our communication platforms with graphic and visual design.

Michael Salas

Childrens Director

Michael oversees the kiddos here at Arbor, three of whom are his own! He’s one of the most authentic, fully-present people you’ll ever meet… seriously. This, combined with his natural creativity, makes the kids’ rooms the place to be. It probably comes as no surprise that Michael’s background is in the arts including being the frontman for a cover band performing in front of the camera or on stage. In fact he met his wife, Halle at Taproot Theater in Seattle.

Besides the stage, Michael also enjoys traveling, playing guitar, and loving people with food. Feel free to invite yourself over for dinner and a song!

Bryan Cobley

Student Director

Bryan is often mistaken for Aquaman, but ironically he can’t swim. He grew up in Modesto, California, and recently answered the youth ministry call to move northward. His favorite things include: football, food, family, and friends (in that order).

Bryan and his wife Audra just had their first son, Kade, and are excited for the new adventure that God has them on.

Loren Winter


Loren has served Arbor since its inception as our Finance Team Lead and as an Advisory Team member. He lives in Kirkland with his wife Katie, who leads our Welcome Team, and three young kids. Together they love pursuing health and an active lifestyle, helping others reach their financial goals, and leading groups at Arbor.

Jonathan McPherson


Jonathan has lived all over the USA, but married a local girl and now calls the Pacific Northwest his home. He and his wife Kelly have been part of many ministries at Arbor and can often be found in the company of their three adorable children. Jonathan loves reading books and riding his bicycle, and is an amateur pianist. He’s also a bit of a computer nerd and has a day job writing software.

(Jonathan still needs a nice picture. In the meantime, he invites you to admire this magnificent tree frog.)

Scott Hetherington


Scott volunteers on the teaching team here at Arbor. Not only is he a great communicator, he can pretty much do everything else… and has! From backpacking, to guiding white-water rafting trips, Scott loves to be outdoors. He’s a former youth pastor, camp director, and the current principal at Spiritridge Elementary in Bellevue.

More than all of that, he is a dedicated father of three, who loves Jesus with all his heart.