Seattle First Baptist is seeking a new Associate Pastor. Click here for more information.
Rev. Tim Phillips, Lead Pastor
The Rev. Tim Phillips was ordained in 1981 and served churches in Michigan and Illinois before being called to Chicago Theological Seminary as Director of Admissions in 1994. During his service there, Tim became convinced that empowering people's gifts is central to the work of a spiritual community. In 1996, Tim was called by University Baptist Church to Seattle where he served until Seattle First Baptist Church called him as lead pastor in February 2009. Tim has studied at Grand Rapids Baptist College (B.A.), the University of Chicago Divinity School, Chicago Theological Seminary (M.Div.), and the Pastoral Leadership Program at Seattle University's School of Theology and Ministry. Tim is currently enrolled in the Doctor of Ministry program at the American Baptist Seminary of the West.
Phone: 206.325.6051 x104
Phone: 206.325.6051 x104
Rev. Harriet Platts, Interim Associate Pastor
The Rev. Harriet Platts, who began an interim role on our pastoral staff in February 2017, has made the Pacific Northwest home since moving here in 1996 from N. Carolina where she grew up. She describes herself as a cradle Baptist, having been raised in a supportive Southern Baptist church, one that was ordaining women as deacons in the late 1970s. As she says, it was really only until she arrived at seminary in the early 1990s when the fundamentalist movement was well underway in the Southern Baptist denomination, that she became aware of rampant sexism in the church, and was faced squarely with explicit messaging from denominational leaders that women were not qualified to hold senior leadership roles in the church. Naturally, this was confusing, heart breaking and enraging, the suggestion that she and other women had misheard God’s calling. She excelled in counseling and pastoral care, and pursued training as a healthcare chaplain. Following seminary, she did her chaplain residency at Duke University Medical Center before being hired by Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center as a staff chaplain in 1996. She has also served at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and most recently at Group Health Hospice.
Harriet works to nurture relationships and create spaces for personal/communal reflection. Her style of care and engagement reflects her energetic curiosity about life, ideas and how people make meaning of their experiences. She’s a Certified InterPlay leader and enjoys engaging with photography and writing as she continues to nurture her connection with the natural world as an urban quester.
She cares about individuals and group bodies going through transition. As a chaplain she is practiced at providing a steadied presence, and supporting folks in remembering their sources of strength while accessing their inner resources to help them through their struggle.
In the last couple of years at Seattle First, she has volunteered on the Christian Education Commission, the Interfaith Climate Action Group, and has been singing in the choir.
She’s married to Frederick Davis and claims her status proudly as step-mother and grand mum to 5 grand kids of the Davis clan. Her parents, Paul and Shirley Platts, reside in N. Carolina, along with her brother, Kingsley and his family.
Rev. Jennifer Ikoma-Motzko, Interim Associate Pastor for Children, Families, and Young Adults
Rev. Jennifer Ikoma-Motzko joins our pastoral staff on an interim basis beginning in mid-August 2017. Her responsibilities will include children, youth, young adults and families - something she's become particularly passionate about as a mom in the "2 under 2" club. She's excited to also be part of the church's sacred work in welcoming all and embracing Christ who expands our understanding of what and who is family.
Jennifer, a Yonsei (fourth generation Japanese-Okinawan American) with Chicago roots, has resided in such diverse locations as New York City, Madison, Wisconsin and Sydney, Australia. Her family relocated to Chicago after the mass incarceration of Japanese Americans during WWII. Watching her grandma help organize the redress movement that followed provided Jennifer with a holistic spiritual framework of pursuing both social justice and personal piety.
Despite a positive Christian upbringing though, Jennifer tried swearing off organized religion when she entered Cornell University. But due to God's grace (or perhaps humor), after graduation she spent the next 15 years serving in campus ministry. Most recently Jennifer had the honor of serving as Japanese Baptist Church of Seattle's first female Senior Minister in their 115-year history. Jennifer received her MDiv from McCormick Theological Seminary, graduating with awards in Hebrew Bible, Church History and Preaching. She was ordained by Community Church of Barrington, a Metro Chicago American Baptist Church. Jennifer loves God, her husband Michael, their kids and chocolate (and after living in Seattle she'd probably add Rachel's Ginger Beer and Ellenos Yogurt).
Phone: 206.325.6051 x106
Rev. David Kile, Pastor for Senior Adult Ministries
The Reverend David Kile officially retired in January of 2007 but has accepted additional responsibilities for a time. His main ministry is with seniors, offering retreats, outings, and regular pastoral calls to the homebound. His caring and compassion have been a great source of strength for everyone in the congregation. He consistently offers thoughtful guidance and support for all the programs of the church. His knowledge of this community is an invaluable resource, and his welcoming smile has drawn many newcomers over the years, who are no longer strangers.
Phone: 206.325.6051 x105
Phone: 206.325.6051 x105
Rev. Dr. Patricia L. Hunter - Theologian in Residence
Rev. Dr. Patricia L. Hunter served as an interim member of the pastoral team at Seattle First Baptist from July 2015 through August 2016. In September 2016 she took on a new role as our Theologian in Residence, following William Malcomson who retired from the post earlier in 2016.
Dr. Patricia L. Hunter is the Financial Planning Services Manager for the Ministers and Missionaries Benefit Board (MMBB) of the American Baptist Churches. She works with pastors and church employees in the areas of investments, retirement benefits, taxes, and financial and estate planning. Dr. Hunter is also a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, practitioner. She is passionate about helping people achieve their personal and financial goals, through proper planning.
Dr. Hunter received her Doctor of Ministry degree from Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City, Missouri. Her area of specialization was Womanist Theology and Evangelism. Dr. Hunter received her Master of Divinity degree from Colgate Rochester, Crozer, Divinity School in Rochester, New York and her Bachelor of Arts degree from Seattle University in Business Administration.
Dr. Hunter serves as an associate in ministry at Mount Zion Baptist Church in Seattle where she serves in the music ministry, by leading worship and preaching. She was also a Faith & Values columnist for the Seattle Times newspaper for over ten years.
Dr. Hunter is a Seattle native and is married to The Rev. Dr. Renee McCoy. Together they enjoy gardening, baseball, and playing with their dog Baxter.