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 about religion, we are a community that is holding out for grace with the belief that the person of Jesus is the only one capable of bringing about systemic justice, reconciliation, and wholeness.
LEADERSHIP AND STAFF
Native of Seattle WA. Born in Georgetown when it was Georgetown. Grew up in Wallingford, and Matthews Beach. Married to Esther Park – a cancer survivor. Two home-schooled daughters all grown up now. Planted Sanctuary Church Seattle on Easter 2002. Along with pastoring, Ed works as a psychotherapist in private practice. Grew up in church, but saved by “grace” in the early 90s after listening to a cassette tape recording of Tim Keller. He prefer dialogue to preaching. Spare time enjoys watching movies at home with the subtitles on and long road trips.
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. In his spare time, Gabe plays in two local bands, Timothy Robert Graham and Tenderfoot.
Jason is blessed to be a part of the Sanctuary community as co-pastor along with Pastors Ed and Gabe. Relatively new to the Sanctuary community, Jason has spent substantial time in Seattle as an educator and minister of the Gospel. Jason and his wife Foxy, both served as mentors and teachers within Seattle Public schools since the late nineties in Seattle’s Central District and Rainier Valley neighborhoods. After finishing grad school at the University of Washington, Foxy became a teacher at T.T. Minor Elementary and Jason at Cleveland High School. Their time as school teachers in Seattle was abbreviated as the Davison’s moved out to St. Louis, Missouri for pastoral training at Covenant Theological Seminary.
Part of the calling on Jason’s life has been to see the kingdom of God translate to empowerment within communities of color in urban communities. While in seminary, Jason and Foxy served in church and educational contexts where there were a wealth of assets yet to flourish because of generational poverty, poor leadership, and a lack of the Gospel of grace and liberation being modeled in neighborhoods like Florissant, Ferguson and Kinloch of St. Louis. Out of these experiences, Jason and Foxy sought to return home to Seattle to serve as educators and ministers of the Gospel in 2009.
Since 2009, Jason, Foxy and their three children Judah, Zion and Trinity have devoted their time and energy in Seattle’s Central District neighborhood which has since changed due to gentrification over the years. Over the past several years, it became apparent for the need for a church in the neighborhood to reach out to existing congregations and community leaders as a reconciling agent between Black and White, new and old residents, rich and poor in the heart of Seattle. Through advocacy and community organizing, loving families with Sickle Cell Anemia, owning Cortona Cafe in the Central District, serving at Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission and Sanctuary, the Davison’s hope to see God’s Kingdom come in the church and for the blessing of all people created in the image of God.