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Trinity Parish is Seattle's Downtown Episcopal Church, located on First Hill, near Seattle's prestigious hospitals, Seattle University, and senior residences.


The Rev. Jeffrey Shilling GillBaptism

(206) 624-5337, Ext. 23

It’s hard to believe, but I have been a parish priest now for over 25 years, and I really can't imagine being happier doing anything else! I love beautiful liturgy and music, and am humbled to play a role in leading a community as we "worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness." Week by week as we enter into the divine mystery in our celebration of the Eucharist, we are fed the bread of life and transformed more and more into Christ’s image and empowered to do Christ’s work in the world. I can’t think of anything more wonderful to be part of than that.

I love the variety in the daily and weekly routines of a parish priest -- from the joys of preaching, teaching, and planning liturgies, to my pastoral relationships with people; from the intellectual and spiritual engagement with the scriptures to their interpretation and practical application for our own times; from the practical ministry of outreach to people in the parish and on our doorsteps here in downtown Seattle, to the spiritual challenges of living hopefully in a world full of despair; from the administrative necessities of running a parish and raising money, to helping to create and support a vision for the future. No two days are alike in this job!

I began my ministry at Trinity in December 2012. My wife Carolyn and I moved to Seattle from the Boston area where I had served for the previous ten years as the Rector of Christ Church in Andover. Prior to that I was the Rector of Trinity Church in Topsfield for twelve years, and Assistant Rector at Grace Church in Lawrence, all in the Diocese of Massachusetts.

I love being involved in ministries that build bridges between diverse communities across the barriers of language, culture, and economics. I began trotting the globe as a high school exchange student in Japan and have been endlessly fascinated with cultures and global issues ever since. I have traveled to about 40 countries on five continents, much of it for mission work in some of the world’s poorest and most difficult places. Here in the Diocese of Olympia I serve as the Chair of our Global Mission Network and the SDG (formerly MDG) Grants Committee.

Carolyn and I have two adult children: Liz, who is married and lives in Portland, Oregon, with our grandson, Sebastian; and George, who lives in Los Angeles, California. I grew up in Indiana and Carolyn in northern California. We met in Minnesota, where we lived the first year of our married life. My academic background includes degrees from Indiana University and Harvard Divinity School, and two years of doctoral work at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in international conflict resolution and peace building, as a Fellow of the Episcopal Church Foundation.

I am excited about Trinity’s future. I love our diverse, downtown location and the unique opportunities it presents for ministry. I look forward to building our congregation, strengthening our existing ministries, exploring new ones, and making sure that Trinity Parish has a lasting impact on the lives of people in our neighborhood, this city, and beyond.