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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 live 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.

Summer 2021 Dates:

    • June 26-27 - Recent Post-Grad Trip, $30, Register
    • July 10-11 - General Trip, $30, Register
    • July 17-18 - General Trip, $30, Register
    • July 17-18 - Mom's Trip, $30, Register
    • July 24-25 - General Trip (Difficult), $30, Register
    • July 30-1 - Women’s Two-Nighter, $75, Register
    • August 7-8 - General Trip, $30 Register
    • August 13-15 - Men Over 50 Trip, $75, Register
    • August 21-22 - BIPOC Trip, $30, Register
    • August 28-29 - Women's Trip, $30, Register
    • September 4-5 (Labor Day) - Couples Trip, $30, Register

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

    Questions? Contact John Wayne Seitzler.

    Bethany Wilderness Ministry Upcoming Events*

    *Please note: To ensure the safety of all participants, all upcoming events will follow the phase guidelines of King County's Safe Start Plan.

    Bethany Cycling Club | 4th 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. 

    June 26 Ride- Route: BCC Green Lake to Lincoln Park in West Seattle and back. The route will go southwest through Fremont and Interbay and out along Alki beach with the half point landing near the Fauntleroy Ferry. 

    Distance: Roughly 35 miles, out and back.

    Elevation: Roughly 800 ft.


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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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