Minister to Children and Families
TINA FRANCIS MUTUNGU
Tina Francis Mutungu has spent her career telling stories.
Her storytelling work in the past 15 years has spanned television, radio, photography, writing, and public speaking.
She began her career as a television producer in Dubai, where she directed and produced over 200 episodes of entertainment programming for Zee Arabiya. She also worked in radio broadcasting, producing and co-hosting a 3-hour talk show on current events.
Tina’s writings have been featured in SheLoves Magazine; Deeper Story, and the NIV Bible for Women (Zondervan, 2015.)
She has spoken at retreats and conferences across Cascadia and has served as a Creative Advisory Board member for Exodus Road, a non-profit that works against human trafficking. She also had a brief tour of duty directing remote team staffing and communications as an assistant manager for a global engineering firm.
Since 2012, Tina’s work in stories has focused on documentary and family photography with a portfolio of work that includes humanitarian storytelling for non-profits on four continents—including right here in Washington.
Tina is currently a student at The Living School for Action and Contemplation, a two-year program at the Center for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque. The Living School’s curriculum is grounded in the Christian contemplative tradition and is guided by teachers Richard Rohr, Cynthia Bourgeault and James Finley. Through rigorous study and daily contemplative practice, she is awakening to the pattern of reality—God’s loving presence with and in all things.
Her family’s past three years at Trinity Parish have been an important chapter in Tina’s story. It was at Trinity where she first began to pursue a call to the priesthood. She is currently in a discernment process with her committee, who she fondly refers to as her “spiritual doulas”. Tina is excited about the opportunity that her work as a minister to children and families will give her to invest back into this community that has been such a gift to her family.
According to Clifton’s StrengthsFinder, Tina is an activator, a team-builder and a strategic thinker. Tina loves family, her mother’s masala chai, strong women, good men, the blues, hot sauce, learning new words, comfortable shoes and climbing into bed after a hard day's work. She acknowledges the elephant in most rooms, and always (always) roots for the underdog.
Tina has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Trinity Western University in British Columbia, Canada; and a diploma in Broadcast Journalism with a specialty in Television from BCIT. She was born and raised in Dubai and currently lives in Seattle with her husband Kupa and their feisty 5 year old Ezra.