John Helmiere

Convener of Valley & Mountain - Hillman City

Rev. John Helmiere is our convener at Valley & Mountain in Hillman City. Before rooting his life in South Seattle, he lived in Florida, New Hampshire, Connecticut, San Francisco, and Edinburgh, and travelled the world living out of a backpack and a tent. He still loves hiking, traveling, and eating weird foods, but most of all loves to eat the many combinations of bread and cheese devised by the human mind. 

John studied religion, philosophy, history, and physics at Dartmouth College (B.A) and Yale Divinity School (M.Div). He learned life lessons from mentors, friends, activists, artists, intentional communities, and sidewalk saints. He is constantly being educated by his two daughters, Charis and Juniper, and his wife Freddie, who leads the development of continuing education for spiritual leaders of all faiths at Spiritual Directors International. 

He is the co-founder and Director of the Hillman City Collaboratory, a social change incubator, and is active with many local non-profits and social movements working on racial, economic, and social justice. He was the founding chairperson of the Interfaith Economic Justice Coalition.

John has been a fellow with the Forum for Theological Exploration, The Beatitudes Society, and the Louisville Institute.