The Rev. Canon Alissa Newton is a founding trainer in The College for Congregational Development and currently directs the program in the Diocese of Olympia. Alissa serves the Diocese of Olympia as Canon for Congregational Development, and St. Columba's Episcopal Church in Kent, WA as Vicar. Her professional interests include multicultural Christian Community, Child Theology, and the development of churches of all sizes and locations into communities of faith that are more faithful, healthy, and effective. Alissa loves to read, garden, hike, play the drums, and spend time with her family which includes husband Andrew, and two daughters. Born and raised on the West Coast, Alissa now lives with her family just south of Seattle, WA.