4320 SW HILL STREET
SEATTLE, WA 98116

206-932-2928

Pastor
Andrew Conley-Holcom

          Andrew Conley-Holcom took a roundabout way to the ministry, starting first as a public school teacher before finding a calling in genocide studies and violence prevention education. He has worked as a youth director, a conflict management workshop facilitator, and an advocate for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence.

           He received his M.A. in Anthropology from Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA and his M.Div. from Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA. He was the first male M.Div. student to earn the Women's Studies in Religion Certificate from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA.

          Despite his work on violence and discrimination, he is a fun-loving person who greatly enjoys the company of others. He can be found walking wooded trails, biking around his neighborhood, creating art from reclaimed materials, and writing third-person biographies. He lives in Tacoma with his wife Leann, who is a professional singer and choral conductor.

Office Manager
Uta Rockel

          Uta Rockel has been working in the Admiral Office for almost 4 years and is responsible for all “secular” operations and general administration of Admiral Church. She was born in Germany, and has lived in Stuttgart, Duesseldorf, and Hamburg in Germany, as well as Los Angeles, CA and Eugene, OR before moving with her daughter Hannah (a Cornish Graduate) and dog Marley, to Seattle, WA. She adores working with children as an assistant teacher in the A Child Becomes preschool, housed in the Admiral Church building. She teaches German, helps develop lessons ,and has a blast playing with the kids.

          She is very passionate about social justice, especially earth justice, children, animals, art, music, and dancing. Music is one of the main reasons she came to Admiral Church and she has been singing in the choir ever since. She also  sings in the newly founded ensemble choir “West Seattle Jazz Singers”.  In her spare time she enjoys being in nature, on the water or hiking, and loves to retreat with a good book, a good movie, or check out the Seattle jazz scene.

Choir Director
Pamela Gerke

          Pamela Gerke is a lifelong choral conductor and has conducted church choirs, the Seattle Women’s Ensemble, the Seattle Peace Chorus, and children’s choirs.  Pam is the founder and director of Sacred Fire Choir and EarthTones, both a part of Gaia’s Temple, an earth-based ministry in Seattle (gaiastemple.org).  Pam is also an arts educator in drama, music, and movement with children and has written, directed, and published plays and drama & movement curriculum (publisher: SmithandKraus.com). 

          Pam loves to compose and arrange for choirs and theater and is currently working on writing a musical about Florence Nightingale, hoping to have it produced for Nightingale’s 200th birthday in 2020.  Pam also works with young children and is currently completing a degree in Early Childhood Education.  She lives with a black cat named Violet in Everett and is so happy to be at Admiral Church!

Organist & Pianist
Sam Peters

          Sam Peters has been working as an organist for five years. He has previously served congregations in Owego and Oneida, New York. While in Ithaca New York, he played piano with the Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers and the Ithaca Gay Men’s Chorus. Sam studied composition and viola at the University of Delaware and Syracuse University and utilizes those skills at Admiral United Congregational Church.  Sam enjoys composing and arranging service music and playing viola for special services.

WHO WE ARE

AT ADMIRAL UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST

OUR FAITH IS 2,000 YEARS OLD. OUR THINKING IS NOT.

We believe in God's continuing testament.  This is why we are committed to hearing God's ancient story anew and afresh in our lives and in the world today.  We try to remain attentive to God's creative movement in the world. Religion and science are not mutually exclusive, and your head and heart are both welcomed into our places of worship.  We prepare our members and leaders to be engaged in ministry in the present and future church, and we embrace all kinds of communities and new modes of thinking.  Why? Because God is still speaking,

NO MATTER WHO YOU ARE OR WHERE YOU ARE ON LIFE'S JOURNEY, YOU ARE WELCOME HERE.

We believe in extravagant welcome.  This is why we insist that God's communion table is open, not closed, and God's gift and claim in baptism are irrevocable.  We advocate justice for all.  Our congregations extend hospitality as a sign of God's inclusive love.  We teach that evangelism — offering bread to those in search of it — is God's mission.  Our perspective is global, not provincial.  We work with — not against — people of other faiths.  Why? Because God is still speaking,

NEVER PLACE A PERIOD WHERE GOD HAS PLACED A COMMA.

We believe the church's mission is to change lives — individually, systemically and globally.  We work to make transformation possible, but trust in God's grace.  This is why we insist that churches must be places of vitality in worship, learning and advocacy. We are committed to working for justice, and we believe that lives are changed through global experiences and friendships.  Why? Because God is still speaking,