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


We Reached Our Goal! 

Giving Update

A big THANK YOU to all of our generous donors who helped us reach our matching gift goal of $300,000. We are so grateful for your investment into the lives of University students at UPC.

If you would still like to give, we are accepting financial gifts towards the remaining expenses and ongoing maintenance/operational costs for this beautiful new space. Thank you for your support!

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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).


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.