John Helmiere

Convener, Minister of Listening

Rev. John Helmiere is our convener, lead pastor, and Minister of Listening. Before rooting his life in South Seattle, John was a bit of a wandering yeti, living in Florida, New Hampshire, Connecticut, San Francisco, and Edinburgh, and traveling the world living out of a backpack and a tent. He still loves hiking, travelling, 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, an organizer for a global interfaith non-profit that works to end religiously motivated violence and create cultures of peace and justice.  

He is the co-founding 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 is currently Chair of the Interfaith Economic Justice Coalition.

John has been a fellow with the Fund for Theological Education and The Beatitudes Society, and is currently a fellow with the Louisville Institute, that is supporting his work on a forthcoming book on Mystical Subversive Theology.