Sanctuary is a diverse group of people from different neighborhoods and backgrounds who all share the belief that the beauty of grace is more transformative than any ethical program, ideology, or philosophy.  Though many of us feel cynical of religion, we are a community that is holding out for grace, confident that God is already working to bring about systemic justice, reconciliation, and wholeness.

Religious devotion, high ethical moral standards, good intentions, profound intellectual insights, and unleashed creativity are not enough to heal our world. We need to be rescued.

God did so by substituting humanity with Himself in the person of Jesus, thereby restoring the cosmic relationship between Creation and its Creator on the basis of His work and record – not ours.  This classic Christian message called “the Gospel,” is what Sanctuary attempts to spread – first through ourselves, and then through the city – in word, deed, and community. When we trust it – it begins to transform us and our world from the inside-out - rather than trying to change you from the outside-in by sheer will power. The importance of this truth cannot be overstated, and it is a truth that we as a community have been spreading from one relationship to another.

 

Pastors

  Ed Park  Teaching Elder  Ed grew up in church, but was saved by “grace” in the early 90s after listening to a cassette tape recording of Rev. Tim Keller.  He and his partner Esther planted Sanctuary on Easter 2002 in their living room in Capitol Hill.  What began as a ministry to the homeless grew into a church that sought to be a "sanctuary" for the marginalized and a safe place for those exploring meaning and truth.   They have two home-schooled daughters who've flown the nest.  Along with pastoring, Ed works as a psychotherapist in private practice.  Esther works as a teacher for a local non-profit, Hopelink.  They enjoy watching movies and taking long walks in the cool neighborhoods of Seattle in their spare time. 

Ed Park
Teaching Elder

Ed grew up in church, but was saved by “grace” in the early 90s after listening to a cassette tape recording of Rev. Tim Keller.  He and his partner Esther planted Sanctuary on Easter 2002 in their living room in Capitol Hill.  What began as a ministry to the homeless grew into a church that sought to be a "sanctuary" for the marginalized and a safe place for those exploring meaning and truth.   They have two home-schooled daughters who've flown the nest.  Along with pastoring, Ed works as a psychotherapist in private practice.  Esther works as a teacher for a local non-profit, Hopelink.  They enjoy watching movies and taking long walks in the cool neighborhoods of Seattle in their spare time. 

   Gabriel Molinaro  Teaching Elder    Gabriel began attending Sanctuary Church in 2010 and has slowly become more involved since then, falling in love with the community. Gabe is fascinated by the strange life and teachings of Jesus and loves to study, teach, and discuss how the way of Jesus heals and transforms our own lives. He and his partner Ruth currently live in Ballard with their cat. Both transplants from outside the city, they have grown to appreciate and love the unique culture of Seattle and its different neighborhoods. Gabe is also heavily involved in the Seattle music scene, playing with bands Motopony, Tenderfoot, Timothy Robert Graham, and writing/performing in his own projects, Health & Wellness and Neon Bloom.

Gabriel Molinaro
Teaching Elder

Gabriel began attending Sanctuary Church in 2010 and has slowly become more involved since then, falling in love with the community. Gabe is fascinated by the strange life and teachings of Jesus and loves to study, teach, and discuss how the way of Jesus heals and transforms our own lives. He and his partner Ruth currently live in Ballard with their cat. Both transplants from outside the city, they have grown to appreciate and love the unique culture of Seattle and its different neighborhoods. Gabe is also heavily involved in the Seattle music scene, playing with bands Motopony, Tenderfoot, Timothy Robert Graham, and writing/performing in his own projects, Health & Wellness and Neon Bloom.

Leadership Council

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Anna Desimone
Deacon

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Cesar Menendez
Deacon

Haley King
Deacon

Kelli Graham
Deacon