Since 1996-Our Church
Communist revolution broke out in Ethiopia, many of Ethiopia's
citizens were forced to leave the country to escape the onslaught of
Political and religious persecution. As a result, thousands of
Ethiopians fled into refuge camps of the neighboring countries of
Sudan, Djibouti, Kenya and Somalia. These camps were only a
temporary stay for many Ethiopians as they were still not able to
practice their religion feely, send their children to proper school
or live a happy and fearless lives. Subsequently, a great many of
these refugees slowly immigrated to the United States though
political asylums and special immigration programs administrated by
U.S. Department of State.
The size of the Ethiopian community in the Greater Seattle area has
been growing dramatically over the last five years. It is estimated
to have reached 15,000 in 1999.
Established in 1996, Bethel Ethiopian Church strives to guide these
immigrants to the kingdom of God. With the new found religious
freedom accorded us by our host country, the church was established
in Seattle, Washington to serve the spiritual needs of this growing
Under the leadership of Pastor Berhanu F. Waldemariam, seven to ten
people began meeting for weekly fellowship at University Plaza
Hotel. Not long after, the fellowship grew to be a church and a
bigger place was needed for church services.
In April 1996, God provided a better and bigger place in the 15th
Avenue Bible Church. It was a transition from a hotel meeting room
to a church atmosphere. Thanks to Slavic Mission Church for their
generosity in providing us a fellowship hall.
As our congregation grew and our mission and services expanded, a
place for a bigger and more convenient location was needed. Our
prayer was answered in August 2001 when we moved to Green Lake
Thanks to God and God bless all who have been helping us to find a
worship place so we can continue to reach out to the community as
God has called us.
In September of 2006, our Church moved into
Broadview Community United Church of Christ's building, because
Green Lake Presbyterian Church was being renovated to fit their
expanding needs. Bethel Ethiopian Church shares Broadview's building
with their congregation, which has been an adjustment for both
communities. Our current worship location is 16508 8th Avenue N.E Shoreline, WA. 98155