Rachel Haxtema

TIES Program Coordinator

Center for Community Engagement and Service - Room 105
Tu & Th:
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
3 Years
  • Professional
  • Personal


  • B.S., Biology, Calvin College, 2001
  • M.Div., Theology, San Francisco Theological Seminary, 2010
  • M.A., Social Theory and Ethics, Graduate Theological Union, 2010


Rachel coordinates the Tacoma Immersion Experience Semester Program (TIES), one of PLU’s Gateway Study Away programs.



Rachel came back to her beloved rainy home, the Pacific Northwest, in 2013 and served for two years at PLU as the Healthy Parkland Initiative Coordinator. Previously, she spent several years working in environmental and faith-based non-profits in the Bay Area of California, Washington D.C. and Switzerland and also studied theology and social theory in graduate school in the Bay Area. She is committed to social, economic and environmental justice and is excited to work with PLU students, faculty, staff and community members in community-engaged learning and service. She lives in Tacoma with her partner Zane, their son, Sam and two awesome cats – Rainier and Rhubarb – and loves the amazing landscape of the Pacific Northwest, especially the trees, ferns, mountains and the sound.