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Serve Seattle

About Serve Seattle 

A ministry of Seattle's Union Gospel Mission, Serve Seattle is a yearlong residential discipleship program based in the heart of Seattle, designed to transform a generation and serve the city.

You are invited to join the Serve Seattle team as we teach, train, equip and connect you with organizations to restore justice to our cities with innovative solutions.

Together our expertise and your passion can make a difference. We can transform this city. Together, we can serve and rescue those in greatest need. Will you join us? Apply now.

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 Is Serve Seattle right for me?

Are you:

  •  Passionate about social justice issues
  • Willing to live in intentional community
  • Desiring to gain practical experience serving those in need
  • Ready for a year commitment apart from school or any other job
  • Hungry to grow in your Christian faith
  • Ready to be flexible and have fun
  • 18—25 years old

When you spend a year with Serve Seattle, we view that as a year of your life spent as an urban missionary!


Early application deadline is June 1

We are now accepting applications for the 2013-2014 year. Get your early application in by June 1 to secure your spot!

Apply now! Send us your completed application to or mail to:

Seattle's Union Gospel Mission
Attention: Serve Seattle
1808 18th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122

Important Dates: 

  • Early Application Deadline: June 1, 2013
  • Application Deadline: July 30, 2013
  • Start Date: September 23, 2013
  • End Date: August 1, 2014

Do you have questions about the application process? Get in touch with Sam — 206.432.8469 or

Fundraising made easy

We understand that in today’s economy money is often tight, which is why we ask you to raise $5,000 to join the Serve Seattle program — and we’ll cover the rest to provide you with:

  • Housing in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood
  • 3 meals a day, 7 days a week
  • Orca Card access to public transportation
  • Quarterly retreats and monthly adventures
  • Training from world-class teachers and local experts

We have strategies and techniques to coach and assist you with fundraising. By raising your support, you have the unique opportunity to invite others into your ministry. Learn how to raise financial support for Serve Seattle.

Is your financial situation holding you back? We’re committed to not letting $5,000 in program fees get in the way of joining Serve Seattle. Get in touch with Melissa about scholarships — 206.723.0767 or

Meet our staff

Meet Sam

Sam Hartman — Director
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Sam previously served as a youth pastor for 200 students, where he developed discipleship, service and mission trips, teachings, and volunteers. Thereafter Sam had the unique opportunity to manage a large orphanage in Soddo, Ethiopia. Sam loves Jesus, loves God’s heart for social justice, and loves working with people. He also coaches soccer at King’s High School. Sam has a degree in Communications from Westmont College.


Meet Melissa

Melissa Engstrom — Assistant Director
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Melissa LOVES people and has a passion for seeing God’s kingdom come in the city. Most recently, Melissa was building community partnerships and managing volunteers with the Mission. Prior, she spent three years working with college students at Seattle Pacific University in the Residence Halls, managed summer staff and programs for a Christian Family Camp, and pioneered a justice-based prayer ministry in Seattle. Melissa received degrees in Global Development Studies & Urban Ministry, and theatre from Seattle Pacific University.

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