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Bethany Wilderness Ministry exists to facilitate transformational encounters with Christ, community, and creation. We seek to provide a diverse array of trip options from day-hikes, backpacking trips, snowshoe trips, car camping trips, urban hikes, and other outdoor excursions.

Bethany Wilderness Ministry was founded in the summer of 2000 and has successfully facilitated outdoor ministry for over 20 years. Whether you are new to Seattle, new to Bethany, or new to the outdoors, we hope you will join us on one or more of our trips as we look to grow in relationship with Christ and others through the context of creation.

Ancient Paths experiences

Registration is closed for Summer 2021

Connect with Christ and engage with your story through the text of creation and the practice of spiritual disciplines on a fully-guided Ancient Paths Experience. Join one of our generic experiences or select an age or gender-specific trip to connect with others in your demographics. Registration required two-and-a-half months before your trip date to accommodate pre-trip meetings.

Interested in guiding with Ancient Paths? Reach out to Nick Rubesh for more information.

For more information, please visit the Spirit, Soul, Body website.

Questions? Contact John Wayne Seitzler.

Bethany Wilderness Ministry Upcoming Events

Bethany Cycling Club | Fourth Saturdays March–October

What do bikes, the great PNW, and a heart for refugees have in common? This group! Join other cyclists from Bethany to get outside, build community, and learn about creating a hospitable place for vulnerable immigrants. 

August 28 Ride- Route: Vashon Island Ride. Meeting at the Fauntleroy Ferry for the 8:30 ferry, not Bethany Green Lake. This route will ride a north to south loop of the island. 

Distance: Roughly 30 miles round trip. 

Elevation: Roughly 1,700 ft.


Watson and Anderson Lakes Backpack

August 7-8, $15, 6+ miles, 1650ft elevation gain, Difficulty level: Difficult, Register

Come join us for a one-night backpacking trip on the edge of the North Cascades with beautiful views of surrounding mountains and serene alpine lakes! The lakes will provide a great atmosphere to share in fellowship together. Round trip, we will be traveling 6+ miles and 1,650 ft in elevation. More trail information can be found here.

Denny Creek Snack, Sip, and Soak

Sunday, August 22, 11am, $5, 6 miles, 1000' elv., Difficulty level: Moderate, Register

Join BWM for an after-church trip up Denny Creek! Get away from the crowds and enjoy a bit of a longer trek to some lesser-known soaking pools. Part of this trip is IN the creek so water shoes are a MUST. We’ll be spending most of the afternoon out there so clear your calendars!

Poo Poo Point Afternoon Hike

August 24, 12-6pm, $5, 3.8 miles, 1760ft gain, Difficulty level: Difficult, Register

Do you have a strange work schedule? Having trouble finding weekday hiking buddies? This is for you! Join us at noon on a Tuesday to enjoy the beauty of Washington. Hope to see you there!

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Serve as a Wilderness Ministry Leader

The BWM leader position is unique, requiring an ability to lead groups in the outdoors, lead spiritual formation, and volunteer time and energy to serve with behind-the-scenes ministry logistics. It is also rewarding, with a community of leaders who support each other, hike together, and study together as a bi-weekly small group. For more information about what it means to be a volunteer leader, please check our detailed Leader Description. To apply to be a leader, please complete the Leader Application Form and send it in via email.

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