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About our Community

Our Parish | Our Chapel | Our Priest | Our Deacons | Minor Clergy


Our Parish

Hagia Sophia Gnostic Church is the Seattle parish of the Ecclesia Gnostica, the oldest and largest sacramental and liturgical Christian Gnostic church within the Apostolic Succession in the Americas. We are not affiliated with any other religious groups. Hagia Sophia is welcoming and affirming to all seekers, offering weekly Holy Eucharist celebrations on Sundays at 1:00 PM, as well as occasional evening services including: Services of Healing, Benediction of the Most Holy Sacrament, and observation of high holy days. Monthly devotional Services to the Holy Sophia are conducted the first Sunday of the month at 5:30 PM (Second Sunday if there is a conflicting high holy day).

Should you visit us, you can expect anywhere from a handful to two dozen people in attendance at any given service. We are hierarchical in matters of liturgy, egalitarian in all other matters. Holy Communion is open to all sincere seekers.


Our Chapel

 

Our chapel is located on the second floor of University Christian Church, 4731 15th Ave. NE, Seattle, WA 98105. To find us, enter through the door of University Christian near the office, on 15th Ave NE. Take a right down the hallway, and take the elevator on your left up to the second floor. The doorway to the left opens to a hallway, and the chapel is the first door on the left, across from the organ loft. Just look for the signs, if you get lost, or call Fr. Sam+ if you have any questions (206-778-6502).



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Our Priest

Father Samuel Osborne in vestments

Our priest, Fr. Samuel Osborne+, received the Master of Arts in Transforming Spirituality from Seattle University's School of Theology & Ministry in 2001, and was ordained as a priest of the Ecclesia Gnostica in 2002. When unoccupied with liturgical matters, Sam serves as executive director of the Rainier Valley Food Bank in Seattle and in 2010 received the Mayor's End Hunger Award for Outstanding Food Bank Program Staff. An active agent for social change, Sam is an outspoken advocate for the underserved and impoverished in our community. His interests include the culinary arts, travel, and exploring the world with his wife and son. Fr. Sam may be contacted at: sosborne1393 (at) gmail (dot) com, or 206-778-6502.

Our Deacons

Andrea Turner

Rev. Deacon Andrea Turner was baptized and confirmed as a member of Hagia Sophia Parish in 2003. Two years later she joined the clergy, and on February 27, 2011 was ordained a deacon of the Ecclesia Gnostica. Andrea is a Head Start family advocate at Easter Seals Angle Lake Child Development Center working with families and their children to help them get out of the cycle of poverty. Andrea graduated from the University of Washington Bothell in 2009. When she is not working, Andrea enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons. She loves gardening, reading, and writing. You can contact her at: teacherandrea63 (at) gmail (dot) com.

Erik Winsor

Rev. Deacon Erik Winsor received two Bachelor of Arts degrees in linguistics and French from the University of Washington in 2006. Shortly after graduating that year, he joined Hagia Sophia. He started serving with the clergy in 2009, and was ordained a deacon on March 17, 2013. He is currently a Member Programs coordinator for Community Health Plan, a non-profit health insurance company serving low-income families and individuals in Washington state. An avid bookworm, Erik spends most of his free time reading, or studying obscure languages, and also loves cooking, theatre, and listening to jazz. He hopes one day to fulfill his vocation in a monastic community, but for now is perfectly happy sharing an apartment with his adorable cat! You can contact him at: e.winsor (at) gmail (dot) com.

Minor Order Clergy

Otis Pimpleton

Otis Pimpleton found Hagia Sophia in 2003, and was later initiated into the Minor Order of Cleric on September 30, 2012. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Central Washington University, and is interested in topics concerning cognition and perception. Currently employed at Rainier Valley Food Bank, Otis is happy to be able to help give back to the community in which he grew up. When time permits, he reads science fiction and studies comparative religion. For fun he loves hanging out with family and friends, playing poker, and coaching youth sports. Otis can be contacted at: barbelos.op (at) gmail (dot) com.


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