About our Community
| Our Chapel | Our Priest | Our Deacons | Minor Clergy
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
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 is located
on the second floor of University Christian
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
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+ 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.
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: erikw35
(at) outlook (dot) com.
Minor Order Clergy
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
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.