Associated Ministries (Tacoma, WA)


  • Name:Mr. Gill Bahnsen
  • Title:Director, Disaster Response Program

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Associated Ministries
  • Address:1224 South I Street
    Tacoma, WA 98405
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:253-383-3056
  • Main fax:253-383-2672

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  • Mission:
  • Mission
    Associated Ministries works to build community that is humane, compassionate and just. As a crossroad for communication and cooperation, we engage and equip congregations and others to address the many needs in Pierce County through advocacy, education and service.

    Associated Ministries is a group of congregations drawn into fellowship by our recognition of the gift of Christian Unity offered to us through the grace of God, the love of Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit.

    We live in a community of rich diversity. Building community that is humane, compassionate and just requires real dialogue. To this end we are committed to ecumenism and to engaging and partnering with other faith traditions.

  • History:
  • In 1883, the Tacoma Ministerial Alliance was formed. It was followed by the development of the Tacoma Council of Federal Church Women in 1897. In 1936, the Tacoma-Pierce County Council of Churches was formed by a coalition of the Ministerial Alliance, the Federated Church Women and the Tacoma Council of Religious Education, which had been organized five years earlier.

    The emphasis of the Council of Churches included bringing evangelists to Tacoma, providing religious education for youth, educating youth regarding temperance and vice, and providing church influence with reference to liquor and vice. In 1942, it opened the Military Service Center and also participated in working with released prisoners.

    In 1967, the Ecumenical Urban Ministry of Pierce County was formed. It was founded as an ecumenical instrument of local congregations to provide ministries

    to community problems. It was to hire the Metropolitan Minister to work with and assist community agencies related in particular with white and black communities, and to be a collective religious voice of the metropolitan area.

    Also in 1967, the Tacoma Urban Coalition Task Force was organized by the Public Attitudes and Communication Task Force, a committee of the Tacoma-Pierce County Council of Churches. It was a Christian action committee concerned with minority affairs and worked for human development.

    On June 3, 1969, The Associated Ministries of Tacoma-Pierce County was created out of and with the dissolution of the ecumenical Urban Ministry, The Tacoma-Pierce County Council of Churches, and the Tacoma Urban Coalition Task Force. Its primary purpose was to manifest a oneness in Christ and to cultivate spiritual unity.

  • Year established:1969
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:21
  • Advisory board size:
  • Staff size:24

Board and Executive Names

  • Board Members / Trustees:
  • Officers
    President: Rev. James Lewis – United Methodist retired clergy
    Vice President: Carol Baarsma – Urban Grace-The Downtown Church
    Secretary: Rev. Kathy Russell – Christ Episcopal Church
    Frank Bonaro, Treasurer – Redeemer Lutheran Church
    Immediate Past Pres: Rev. Arne Bergland – Spanaway Lutheran Church

    Board Members
    Ylisse Bess – Bellarmine Preparatory School, Tacoma
    Ernie Bianco – St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Lakewood
    Frank Bonaro – Redeemer Lutheran Church, Fircrest
    Clint Cannon – United Churches in University Place
    Moses Choi – The Vine Church
    Rev. Gregory Christopher– Shiloh Baptist Church, Tacoma
    Danna Clancy – Mason United Methodist Church, Tacoma
    Mar Corpuz – Holy Disciples Catholic Church, Puyallup
    Liz Dunbar – St. Theresa Catholic Parish, Federal Way
    Rev. Warren Freeman – Allen A.M.E. Church, Tacoma
    Yris Lance – St. Francis Cabrini Church, Lakewood
    Jackie Lownie – United Methodist Church at Lakewood
    Rev. Tad Monroe – Urban Grace, The Downtown Church, Tacoma
    Connie Robey – Puyallup Christian
    Kathy Russell – Pacific Lutheran University
    Art Schmidt – retired ELCA clergy
    Gwen White – Bellarmine Preparatory School, Tacoma

    Affiliate Members
    Imam Amir Abdul-Matin – Tacoma Islamic Education Center
    John Cousins – Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints –
    Tacoma South Stake
    Dr. Chris Gilbert – Spiritual Assembly of Bahá’is of Tacoma
    Eve Leland – Tahoma Unitarian Universalist Congregation

  • Executive Director / President:
  • David Alger, Executive Director

Staff Names

  • Key Staff:
  • Jackie Buchanan, Development Director
    Robin Mason, Office Manager
    Jan Leng, Editor of The Channel
    Virginia Priest, Fiscal Manager
    Sandra Sanderson, Events Coordinator


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:509(a)(1)
  • Tax ID:91-0847534

IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:910847534
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:% ASSO
  • Organization Address:901 S 13TH ST
  • Organization City:TACOMA
  • Organization State:WA
  • Organization Zip:98405-4903
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):7
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Religious Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:September, 1969
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:10
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Church 170(b)(1)(A)(i)
  • Activity Code(s):029
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Other religious activities
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:December, 1969
  • Filing Requirement Category:06 (990 - Not required to file (church))
  • Accounting Period:December
  • NTEE Code:
  • Asset Amount:$0
  • Asset Code:
  • Income Amount:$0
  • Income Code:
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$0
  • Last Updated:3/21/2018 7:23:39 pm

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