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24 December, 2016

About our Community

Our Parish | Our Chapel | Our Priests | Our Deacon | 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 on the Friday closest to the full moon, at 7:30 PM.

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 glass 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 Priests

Father Samuel Osborne in vestments

Rev. Samuel Osborne+, received the Master of Arts in Transforming Spirituality from Seattle University's School of Theology & Ministry in 2001, and was ordained 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.

Andrea Turner

Rev. Andrea Turner+ was ordained to the Priesthood of Ecclesia Gnostica by the Rt. Rev. +Steven Marshall on February 28, 2016 at Hagia Sophia Chapel in Seattle.  In 2003 Andrea committed herself to the Gnosis by receiving baptism and confirmation.  By September 2005 she joined the clergy as a lay server, and worked her way up through Holy Orders, which lead her to the Priesthood.  Andrea has been married to her husband Ken Turner for over 30 years, and they have two grown sons, Paul and Matt.  Her family has been very supportive of her journey through Holy Orders.  During the week she works as an advocate/case manager with mothers who struggle with chemical dependency, and their children, connecting them to helpful services.  In the past she has worked for Head Start, first as a teacher, and later as a Family Advocate.  Andrea earned her B.A. from the University of Washington, and has Associate Degrees in Early Childhood Education and Chemical Dependency Counseling.  When not attending to the parish of Hagia Sophia or her duties as an advocate/case manager, Andrea enjoys reading, writing, and gardening.

Our Deacon

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 an Outpatient Charge Coordinator for UW Physicians, affiliated with the University of Washington. 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: erikw35 (at) outlook (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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