All Pilgrims Christian Church

God Loves You and There's Nothing You Can Do About It! Seattle, WA
All Pilgrims Christian Church

Who We Are

All Pilgrims Christian Church is a progressive faith community that offers opportunities for worship, spiritual growth, ministry, and community. We have been a living, active presence in Seattle’s Broadway neighborhood for more than a century.

Our congregation is a diverse mix of people—young and old, men and women, gay and straight. We come from a wide variety of ethnic, cultural, and professional backgrounds, as well as a wealth of religious traditions. We take pride in our diversity, and we welcome the full participation of all as equal members in our community.

All Pilgrims Church was born in 2003 with the merger of two Broadway churches: Seattle First Christian Church (1883) and Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ (1899). We are affiliated with both the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the United Church of Christ.

Our services reflect an appreciation of our traditional congregational heritage and our commitment to progressive theology. The warm acoustics of our historic sanctuary, originally built in 1906 and renovated in 1946 and 1999, help make our organ, choir, and other musical offerings an especially rich part of our worship experience. And both our pastor and our members live out the clause in the preamble to our constitution that recognizes the importance of humor in the church’s life.

Our programs of spiritual growth and ministry include:

A weekly Community Supper for the hungry in our neighborhood
Worship and Wonder, a Sunday-morning program of spiritual formation for children
A Spiritual Care team
The College of Spirituality, a quarterly selection of adult-education classes that explore the intersection of religious, social, and ethical questions
Interfaith program, an exploration of what it means to be progressive Christians in a multi-faith world
Men’s Group
Women’s Spirituality Group
We are committed to growth, in both numbers and good works, and to playing a dynamic role in the life of our community and the world as the 21st century moves ahead.

About Us

Denomination
Disciples of Christ

Size
Small

Founded
1899

Plan Your Visit

Services

Contact

Address
500 Broadway East
Seattle, WA 98102

Phone
206-322-0487

Website

Directions
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Leadership View all

Gregory Turk

Gregory Turk

The Rev. Gregory Turk was called to All Pilgrims in April 2010. Greg is a dynamic preacher and ardent community activist with a passion for urban ministry. Greg Turk His background includes founding a Spanish-language church in Fort Worth, Texas, working to reduce violent gang activity in south-central Los Angeles, and consulting with the Montana state prison system. Greg accepted the call to All Pilgrims because he wanted to work within an urban congregation that is alive and constantly endeavoring to expand itself. Greg is a driver of our ministries to children, the neighborhood, and the homeless, as well as our ministries of spiritual care, prayer services, and interfaith dialogue. He was instrumental in creating our College of Spirituality. But Greg doesn’t do it all himself—he challenges all in our congregation to stretch beyond ourselves in ministry. Central to God’s vision, Greg believes, is love—an all-embracing love expressed in Greg’s watchword, “God loves you, and there’s nothing you can do about it.” God challenges us to reflect this love by weaving the tapestry of a just and peaceful world in which all live abundant, full lives in service to God and community with each other. In this spirit, Pastor Greg celebrates the dignity and worth of all people as he combines the quest for spiritual growth with his passion for social justice. A native of the Pacific Northwest, Greg earned a Bachelor’s degree from Central Washington University and a Master of Divinity degree at Brite Divinity School of Texas Christian University. He has published articles, educational material, and a chapter in a book about faith and politics. His many extracurricular skills range from baseball (he plays shortstop) to soapmaking (he started a soap-making micro-enterprise in Los Angeles, gainfully employing gang members). Greg and his wife Lynn have two children, Hannah and Luke. Some words Greg’s parishioners have used to describe him are high-energy, gifted preacher and teacher, passionate, socially conscious, peacemaker, and good sense of humor. In Pastor Greg’s view, “The church is about great things. Mediocrity is not part of the program. People want to be connected with deep meaning and participate. We all want to feel that when we’re here, we matter.”

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