Elders & Staff


  • David Fairchild

    David Fairchild is the Lead Pastor at Trinity West Seattle. Previously, David worked as an executive for a multi-national accounting and financial recruiting firm, after which he opened his own firm in San Diego, California. Sensing the call to preach the Gospel and plant churches, David then co-founded Kaleo Church, served as the regional director for Acts 29, and worked on the National and International Board for Acts 29—while helping to plant five churches throughout San Diego. He returned to Seattle in April of 2011. David and his wife, Grace, have two children—Michael and Madison. David enjoys books, competitive Jiu Jitsu, and helping others know, love, and follow King Jesus.  

    davidf@trinityws.com

  • David Lee

    David Lee is the Executive Pastor at Trinity West Seattle. David attended the University of California, San Diego where he earned his BA in Economics. David later went on to earn his Master of Divinity at Fuller Theological Seminary. David grew up in downtown Los Angeles, and moved to Seattle in 2013. David and his wife, Christine, have three kids—Joseph, Nathan, and Karis. David enjoys watching football and basketball. One of his favorite books is D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones’ Sermon on the Mount.

    david.lee@trinityws.com

  • Cliff Ellis

    Cliff Ellis is an Associate Pastor at Trinity West Seattle, where his primary roles include biblical counseling and leadership development. He received his BA in English Education from Dana College in Blair, Nebraska. After teaching at a public high school for four years, Cliff pursued an opportunity in full-time ministry, which has allowed him to cultivate his passion for equipping and shepherding people. Cliff and his wife, Mackenzie, have three kids who they adopted through foster care—Zoe, Logan, and Thomas. As a family, they enjoy reading good books, growing delicious food, and exploring new places.

    cliff.ellis@trinityws.com

  • Buzz Huget

    Buzz Huget is the Pastor of Mercy & Mission at Trinity West Seattle. Both Buzz and his wife Lisa were born and raised in West Seattle, and have only ever lived in West Seattle. Buzz earned his BA in Business at the University of Washington before spending a year at Northwest Baptist Seminary. Buzz enjoys spending time with his five kids—Abigail, Rebecca, Madelyn, Lydia, and Rick—and twelve grandkids, taking care of his mom and mother-in-law who live in a “cottage” on their property, and reading books by C.S. Lewis, Os Guinness, Winston Churchill, and Agatha Christie.  

    buzz.huget@trinityws.com

  • Brandon Lee

    Brandon Lee is the Children’s Director at Trinity West Seattle. Brandon attended the University of Washington where he earned his BA in Visual Communication. Brandon went on to earn his Master of Divinity at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary. Brandon and his wife, Jemma, have two kids—Annabelle and Jaden. Brandon enjoys reading, and playing basketball and tennis. Brandon has been particularly influenced by J.I. Packer’s book Knowing God; Jim Collins’ book Good to Great; and Andy Stanley’s book How Good is Enough?

    brandon@trinityws.com

  • Shan Applin

    shan@trinityws.com

  • Steve Bell

    sbell@bellmontcabinets.com

  • Bill Simmonds

    pbj@trinityws.com

  • Dale Engle

    dale.engle@trinityws.com