About ENCS

Our Story

Every Nation Church Seattle began in 2001 when some friends from Corvallis, Oregon moved to Seattle to start a brand new church. We began as an outreach to the University of Washington and other local college campuses. As we grew, we moved into different parts of the city and began reaching out to people in our communities.

What started out as a few friends seeking God together in a living room has now turned into a community church made up of people from all over the greater Seattle area. Since that first Sunday we have met in community centers, other church buildings, and even a movie theater! Now, we currently meet in a building of our own within the U-District and grateful to be a part of this community.

Where we meet, however, is not nearly as important as why we meet. We don’t believe that the church is a building — rather, we believe people make up the church. The church is not merely an organization, but is first and foremost a family — a living, dynamic community of believers united in Jesus and living on mission with Jesus. We are a family on a mission together in our city.

We invite you to learn more about the Gospel and what it means to know, love, and follow Jesus. No matter where you are on your spiritual journey — whether you are looking into the Christian faith for the first time, or whether you have walked closely with God for decades — we invite you to join our community, grow in Christ and get on mission with us in our city.

What We Believe

We embrace and adopt the Nicene Creed, Apostles’ Creed, and Athanasian Creed.
In addition, we believe:
  • The Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.
  • That there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
  • In the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.
  • That for the salvation of lost and sinful man, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.
  • In the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
  • In the baptism with the Holy Spirit and in the exercise of spiritual gifts.
  • In the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
  • In the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.

Meet the Team

Perry Burkholder

Lead Pastor
I love Jesus because he changed my life at 14 years of age and I have been following Him ever since. (It’s a great story, I would have to tell you sometime.) In May 2009, my wife and I along with our 4 kids, moved from Scotland to Seattle to join this incredible church as lead pastor.

Danielle Burkholder

Teaching Pastor
In 2015, it was my honor to join the pastoral staff as I was feeling called to give more time to preaching God’s truth, to inspire people to live passionately for Jesus as His disciples, and to develop leaders to advance the kingdom of God. It is all such a privilege, I can’t believe I get to do this job!

Angie Lee

Children & Family Ministries Director

Jovy Gamiao

Community Groups Pastor

Brian Behnken

Operations Director

Brittney Wheeler

Worship Director

About Every Nation Church & Ministries

Every Nation Churches & Ministries is a global movement dedicated to establishing church-planting churches, reaching the next generation on the campus, and preaching the gospel to every nation.