Meet the Staff & Elders: Buzz Huget
Where did you grow up? Where did you go to school and what did you study? Share a little about your family. Where do you currently work and in what role?
I was born and raised in Seattle–Arbor Heights to be exact. My childhood home is still there on the corner of 35th and 106th. I’m the youngest of three boys. I’ve always loved baseball and remember sneaking a transistor radio into school to listen to the World Series. We attended Hillcrest Presbyterian Church (now Trinity West Seattle) and I have memories of attending Sunday school in the “old building” and church services in what’s now the Commons. I attended Arbor Heights Elementary School, Denny Junior High and graduated from Chief Sealth High School, class of ’69. My freshman year I went to Washington State University. I spent a year in the Air Force and five in Washington Air National Guard as a weekend warrior. I graduated from the University of Washington with a BA in Business Administration. I married Lisa in 1976 and went into the family business. I spent thirty years working with my father in the wholesale furniture business.
Lisa and I have always lived in West Seattle. We live on 30th Ave SW just off Holden, two miles from my family home and two blocks from Lisa’s. I’m sure that says something about us, I’m just not sure what.
Lisa and I have fourteen grandkids. Each is unique and therefore our love for each is unique and genuine. They help frame how I think about legacy. We also have the privilege of having our moms live together in a Cottage on our property. It allows us to give them care while allowing them their independence. It’s also pretty cool to watch Great Grandma’s and Great Grandkids interact.
I am currently Pastor of Mercy & Missions here at Trinity. This is now my third year. It’s a role I never imagined for myself and am grateful to be called to every day.
How/When did Jesus change your life?
As I mentioned above, I attended Hillcrest as a child. Church was never that important to me. Nice people and nice religious activities but not much more than that. I liked Jesus as a religious leader but ran away from any serious commitment. When I entered college and then the military, I was running from God during those years. Then in 1972, I was at UW, and the Lord granted me faith to believe that He was both Lord and Savior. A friend brought me back to Hillcrest where I was discipled and served under a dynamic Youth Pastor.
How/When did you come to Trinity?
Lisa and I started attending Mars Hill West Seattle in 2012. I was on the track to becoming an Elder in 2014. That process was suspended. It was completed in the early months of 2015 under Trinity West Seattle. I was called by Trinity to my current role as Pastor of Mercy and Missions on August 1, 2015.
What ministries are you involved in at Trinity? Why do you serve in those ministries?
As I stated above, I was called by Trinity to my current role as Pastor of Mercy and Missions on Aug 1, 2015. In 2014 I became involved in overseeing the emerging partnership of Union Gospel Mission with Mars Hill to build Re:Novo house. Re:Novo is a transition home for single women coming out of recovery and homelessness. Also during that same time period, I began working with West Seattle Churches and UGM on what was to become CityServe (local churches partnering with local schools).
What evidences of God’s grace have you seen in your life and at Trinity this past year?
I’ve was encouraged to see multiple Community Groups volunteering to pack food. Each week 120 meals were bagged so elementary children would have food for the weekend. These acts of kindness remind me of what Christ called “cups of cold water.”
What have you been learning about this past year? What have you been reading or listening to?
- Ministries of Mercy by Tim Keller. Mercy is the fruit of the Gospel and evidence of Christ’s work in a believer’s life. Mercy is unconditional and mercy limits mercy. The arc of mercy is always discipleship.
- Foolishness to the Greeks by Lesslie Newbigin. “I would suggest for a missionary encounter with our culture is simply the courage to hold and to proclaim a belief that cannot be proved to be true in terms of the axions of our society (post-Christian)” (pg 148).
- Disappearing Church by Mark Sayers. In this post-Christian culture, “the church is not destroyed; rather it is emptied of its essential truths, becomes a mere shadow, and eventually disappears.”
What are some of your favorite things?
Every year I read multiple Agatha Christie books. Every couple of years, I read the Sherlock Holmes collection, Winston Churchill’s History of the English Speaking Peoples, and J.R.R Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings.
How are you hoping to grow and mature as a discipleship of Jesus this coming year?
One of the ways that I have found to be very helpful is meeting with a group of guys every week. We meet at 6am Monday morning at Uptown Coffee in North Delridge. We’ve been meeting consistently for four years and I wouldn’t miss it.