How long have you been at SPU?
Since November 1, 2016.
Tell us about a memorable day at work.
My work days are all “good days” filled with laughter, camaraderie, and productivity. Beyond the day-to-day office routine, I cherish the times when our entire campus gathers together for learning and fellowship. The day we spent with social justice activist Bryan Stevenson was a deeply enriching experience that continues to influence and enhance how I conduct myself.
How does your faith impact your work?
“God grant that I may never live to be useless!” — John Wesley
Growing up in the Methodist church, I observed our large congregation’s generous and consistent gifting of talent and time. This fully informed my work ethic. We’re created to be useful, and God wants us to realize and engage our unique gifts. My role at SPU is satisfying because it exercises a wide range of strengths God created in me as I work side by side with hard-working, faithful, and talented people.
Tell us the piece of your life journey that brought you to Seattle Pacific?
In 2011, we moved from a sweet 1930s' farmhouse on 20+ acres to a tiny condo in a modern building so our daughter could pursue a career in ballet. I took a job in admissions and communications for a small, private high school, and quickly transformed from Country Mouse to City Mouse. (My friends were astounded.) Seattle’s independent school scene is fiercely competitive so — after devoting several years to admissions efforts that depleted me — I decided to seek more nourishing work. I was disciplined and determined in my job search, and it took me a very long time to find the right fit. The moment I read the posting for the School of Psychology, Family, and Community position — I knew it was the one. I feel so fortunate to spend my days in this positive, purposeful, Christ-centered work environment.
What is your favorite thing to do when you’re not at work?
If I’m not at work, I’m probably playing with paint, paper, scissors, and glue, or exploring Seattle like a tourist..
What’s something that few people know about you?
I majored in Broadcast Production and have a master’s in Media Management. I occasionally blog at brendabakerproductions.blogspot.com. I’m really inconsistent about posting things, and my mom may be the only one who reads it, but it’s still fun! My fantasy jobs would be doing stand-up comedy or taking over Martha Stewart’s homemaking empire when she retires.
What’s your favorite part of your job?
My job entails a wide range of tasks and responsibilities so every new day is interesting. Variety keeps things lively, fresh, and requires skill. I do like a challenge!
What’s the most important thing that you’d want people to know about you?
I want to be helpful. If there is a piano to be moved, I’m not just going to pick up the bench.
Anything else you would like to share?
In my previous job, on a particularly discouraging day, I remember saying, “I just want to work with people who love each other!” I feel loved at SPU, and I’m deeply grateful for the opportunity to be here.
Please join Staff Council in congratulating Brenda Baker as the February 2019 Staff of the Month!