Michael and Hillary Skinner
Michael and Hillary Skinner have been called to serve as the first missionaries with the Seattle City Project. Mosaic Community Coffeehouse, an outreach of Seattle First Church of the Nazarene, is the Skinner’s primary ministry base. Even though the Skinners are able to take advantage of a well equipped, community based coffee shop, their mission isn’t to make coffee, their mission is to make disciples. Coffee is a great way to build connections in Seattle.
Followers of Christ are called to give themselves away and love in the way Jesus modeled. The mission of the Seattle City Project is to cultivate a Christian discipleship multiplication movement through Urban Missionaries with a calling to the American post-Christian urban context.
Michael and Hillary, along with their dog Charlie, arrived in Seattle this past July. They spent several weeks painting, refreshing and preparing to welcome the community surrounding Mosaic for coffee and conversation. Hillary commented, “God provided in a big way through other’s willingness to help us paint. What could have been a big task, turned out to be a lot of fun!”
The Skinners enjoy spending time with Charlie at local dog parks, hiking, exploring Seattle and entertaining. Hillary grew up in Kankakee, Illinois and met Michael at Olivet Nazarene University. Michael, whose parents are Bob and Colleen Skinner, grew up on the mission field and carries into Seattle a rich heritage of faith and ministry.
Both Michael and Hillary are called to full-time missionary work, and are developing a ministry support team. The missionaries who will be serving in Seattle will all be partner funded. This funding can include a variety of creative ministry streams and is faith based. A strong support team provides prayer, resources, encouragement and salary.
You can follow the follow the Skinners on facebook, or check out their blog here. God is at work in Seattle.