In addition to the faithful service of our volunteers, a dedicated and committed team team of staff serve at the Seattle Seafarers' Center. They exude a deep love and passion for maritime ministry in Seattle, and they are grateful to all of you for your support of time, donations, and prayer. Say hello to them here!
The Rev. Cristi Chapman [Executive Director]
Cristi serves as Executive Director of the Seattle Seafarers Center (SSC). At its core, the ministry of the Center is a ministry of connection. Seafarers connect with their loved ones around the world. The community connects with seafarers by knitting hats for ditty bags, visiting ships, and learning about the lives of these brave souls. Everyone who engages with the Center connects with deeper part of themselves, too. Cristi is passionate about connecting people together and about helping others discover their own gifts for ministry. That includes the practice of ministry of presence and hospitality with seafarers. She is delighted to lead this vibrant, critical ministry in Western Washington and looks forward to working with all those who so faithfully care for merchant and cruise ship seafarers.
Cristi is an Episcopal priest ordained in 2017. Most recently, Cristi served at Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral in Seattle as an associate to the Rector and as the Canon for Spiritual Growth and Stewardship. Cristi also served as an intern for the SSC in 2016. Prior to ordination, Cristi worked at the University of Washington for 15 years as the Director of Cost Accounting and at KPMG for five years.
Barbara Blakistone [Chief Operating Officer]
Barbara is a native of the other Washington and moved to Seattle in January 2016. She was recruited right away by the then Assistant Chaplain and started calling on container ships followed by driving in cruise season. Barbara retired from a career in food science in which she worked as technical adviser for food non-profits in Washington, D.C. When the opportunity came to work for the Seattle Seafarers Center, she was eager to join the staff to help seafarers as a vocation and avocation. Barbara serves as Chief Operating Officer.
Deborah Hack [Office Manager]
Deborah Hack is a retired California native who has lived in the Seattle area for the past 30 years where her career focus was office management. After downsizing and moving into a more urban area, she now finds time for traveling, learning about other cultures and making new friends. Along with hobbies of gardening and reading, she has been a genealogy researcher most of her life. Deborah's work experience will be most helpful in bookkeeping for the Seattle Seafarers' Center.
Ken Hawkins [Emeritus Executive Director]
Ken served as the Executive Director of the Seattle Seafarers Center (SSC) for 12 years. Ken was a fervent believer that that mission of the SCC was "to build people up." That's what he did! "Big Ken" was known both locally and internationally as a passionate advocate for seafarers. During Ken's tenure, SSC laid a solid foundation for maritime ministry in the Puget Sound, establishing a successful internship program, creating a vibrant transportation ministry especially for cruise ship crews, growing the overall volunteer base of the SCC, overseeing the merger of the Anglican Mission to Seafarers and the Catholic Apostleship of the Sea, and, of course, serving seafarers who came into the ports of the Puget Sound. Ken retired from the Center in February 2021.