About Us

About Us

United in Faith, Serving with Purpose

Welcome to St. Emmanuel Tigray Orthodox Tewahedo Church (ETOTC), located in Seattle, WA. ETOTC is dedicated to serving our community through spiritual guidance and comprehensive services.

Our Community:

Our congregation reflects a rich tapestry of backgrounds, cultures, and perspectives, fostering a welcoming environment where all are valued and celebrated.

Transformative Worship:

Experience the power of worship that ignites the soul, drawing us closer to God and inspiring us to live lives of purpose, passion, and authenticity.

Impactful Outreach:

Through meaningful service projects and partnerships, we extend God's love beyond our church walls, making a tangible difference in the lives of those in need and our wider community.

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Church History

At St. Emmanuel, we embrace a rich heritage of worship rooted in the ancient traditions of the Orthodox Tewahedo faith. Our church offers a wide range of services, including Mass, Holy Communion, weddings, funerals, and bereavement support, ensuring that our community feels supported at every stage of life.
In addition to our religious services, St. Emmanuel is committed to addressing spiritual and communal challenges. We have played a pivotal role in fostering dialogue and solutions for the Tigray community’s issues, working in tandem with other churches and community leaders. Our efforts include supporting the election and work of the Archbishop in North America, emphasizing our church’s role in uniting and leading our community.
Reflecting on the words of St. David, “I rejoiced when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD” (Psalm 122:1), our church values the spiritual over the material. St. David treasured the spiritual fellowship more than his temporal reign, demonstrating that our greatest joy comes from worship and community rather than earthly accolades. Echoing this sentiment, Psalm 84:10 reminds us, “I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness.” This embodies our church’s spirit, where every member finds solace and strength within our sacred walls.
We warmly invite you to join us in celebration and worship. May God bless you! Amen.

Our Mission

"Our Mission" is the guiding force behind everything we do at ETOTC. It's not merely a statement on paper; it's the very essence of our identity and purpose. At the core of our mission is a profound commitment to loving God, loving others, and making disciples.

Our Vision

"Our Vision" at ETOTC is a compelling picture of the future we aspire to create, guided by our faith and commitment to serving God and others. It is a vision that inspires and motivates us to pursue excellence in all that we do, as we seek to fulfill God's purposes for our church and community.

Our Passion

"Our Passion" at ETOTC is the driving force behind everything we do. It's the fire that ignites our hearts, the fuel that propels us forward, and the energy that sustains us in our mission and ministry. Our passion is deeply rooted in our love for God and our desire to make His love known to others.

Our Community

Rooted in Faith, Reaching for the World

At ETOTC. Our foundation is firmly anchored in the timeless truths of our faith, providing stability and nourishment for spiritual growth. Rooted in the love of God and the teachings of Jesus Christ, we find strength, hope, and purpose for our lives.
But our faith is not meant to be kept to ourselves. It compels us to reach beyond our walls and extend God’s love to the world around us. We are called to be agents of change, ambassadors of reconciliation, and bearers of good news to all people. Whether it’s through acts of kindness, words of encouragement, or deeds of justice, we seek to make a positive impact in our communities and beyond.

Our Pastors

Where Faith Flourishes, Hope Abides

Lucas Sullivan

Senior Pastor

Thomas France

Senior Pastor

Kurt Lawson

Senior Pastor

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