Rev. Earl Palmer has served in pastoral ministries at University Presbyterian Church in Seattle, Union Church in Manila, First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley, and The National Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C. He has a commitment to expositional preaching of biblical texts. He has a strong interest in pursuing theological themes that are present in classic and contemporary literature, with particular focus on such authors as C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Karl Barth. He is one of the most gifted teachers of the Bible, with a unique style that unfolds the text and allows the listener to make great discoveries. EPM exists so that this teacher can keep sharing his gift with the world.
The idea for Earl Palmer Ministries was borne from the example of John Stott Ministries, founded in order for the late John Stott to continue doing ministry after he retired from the pulpit. Like John Stott, Earl gets the benefit of a Study Assistant – a yearlong appointment in which a recent college graduate spends a year assisting Rev. Palmer in his writing, teaching, and travel.
On the first Monday of every month between October and March we partner with award winning broadcaster and author Dick Staub for the Kindlings Muse. This event is a lecture and round table discussion exploring important ideas at the intersection of faith and culture. Our other monthly event is Theological Dialogue which is a reading group of pastors and lay people that Rev. Palmer leads throughout the year as we journey through and grapple with the passages of an important theological work. This year we are working through Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan.
Aside from these, Rev. Palmer frequently speaks at organizations, universities, and churches around the Seattle area and the rest of the world. To see a complete list of upcoming events, please view our calendar. To listen to Rev. Palmer’s sermons and lectures please visit our media page.
“Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.”
1 Thessalonians 5:11
Earl Palmer Ministries’ mission statement comes from 1 Thessalonians 5:11: “Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.”
These words from the Apostle Paul inspire our ministry of teaching, writing and mentoring.
First, we seek to mentor young theologians through our internship program and monthly theological dialogues. Live podcasts through the Kindlings Muse offer regular teaching and conversation for all ages to consider major Christian themes. Word and Worship provides a setting for expositional teaching of the Bible and inspirational music.
Earl Palmer Ministries wider ministry focuses primarily on encouraging pastors and giving a case for expositional worship.