Palmer House

Situated on the NW corner of 47th Ave and 16th Ave NE, the Palmer House is adjacent to both UPC and the University of Washington. This welcoming, highly-accessible space will provide new opportunities for relationships and evangelism with students from all over the world who are living and studying in our neighborhood.

Project Highlights

+ Three-story, 6,100-square-foot space for large and small gatherings, offices, a commercial kitchen, a fireplace, and an outdoor gathering area.
+ Space for groups of up to 75 people from University Ministries (UMin), College Young Life, International Student Ministry, and UPC congregants to gather, pray, study, work, train, and build relationships with God and each other.
+ Much-needed space for CORE (small) group meetings, mission trip training, “hang-out” space for students, and ministry meetings of all sizes. 
+ Opportunities for ongoing partnership with Earl Palmer Ministries.
+ 3rd-floor apartment for resident hosts.


A View of Our Construction Progress 

Scheduled for completion this Summer


Costs at a Glance

A $600,000 Gap

+ $3.2M to expand and renovate the building
+ Construction launched Spring 2017 and will be completed by Summer 2018
+ A $600,000 gap remains to complete building (including the kitchen) and to purchase furnishings.


Honoring Rev. Earl Palmer

UPC's Senior Pastor (1991–2008) and Pastor to University Students (1956–64)

In December 2017, UPC’s Session voted overwhelmingly in favor of naming this new home for University Ministries in honor of Reverend Earl Palmer. A formal Resolution adopted by Session proclaimed that the Rev. Earl Palmer:

+ Has spent his life investing in pastoral ministry, specifically in churches with significant ministries to University students, including University Presbyterian Church in Seattle and First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley;
+ Served 17 years as UPC’s senior pastor (91–08);
UPC’s Pastor to University Students (56–64);
+ Has demonstrated proficiency as a scholar and an expositional preacher of biblical texts;
+ Along with his wife, Dr. Shirley Palmer, has modeled deep and abiding faith in Christ and made a lasting impact on University Ministries at UPC.


The Opportunity 

A $300,000 Matching Gift 

Expiring June 2018

Generous UPC donors have stepped up to provide a $300,000 matching gift to help complete this project which is so important to the mission and ministry of UPC. All new gifts and pledges* made by June 30, 2018, will qualify for the matching gift! 

Will you help finish the final lap?

Consider making a gift or pledge to honor Rev. Earl and Dr. Shirley Palmer. Your generosity will be doubled and your gift will impact future generations of students with the gospel of Jesus Christ.


Give Online


Additional Ways to Give

Gifts of appreciated securities, corporate matching gifts, and property are also welcome. For questions, please contact UPC’s Stewardship Development Officer Jennifer Perrow ( or 206.524.7301, ext. 194) or UPC’s Finance Office ( or 206.524.7301, ext. 456).

*pledges can be paid over 3 years