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1013 8th Avenue
Seattle, WA, 98104
United States


The mission of Seattle Presbytery is to participate, in word and deed, in God’s transforming work through the Gospel of Jesus Christ: †by strengthening the witness and mission of our congregations and members and by building strong partnerships with each other and the larger Christian community.


The Commission on Preparation for Ministry is responsible to guide the process for full preparation of individuals who are to be ordained as ministers of the Word and Sacrament. The commission does this by:

  • Providing orientation for individuals and sessions considering church vocations

  • Prayerfully discerning the work of the Holy Spirit in the lives and ministries of Inquirers and Candidates under care of the Presbytery

  • Building faithful relationships with sessions and seminaries that support and train Inquirers and Candidates

  • Providing direction and information to equip Inquirers and Candidates educationally and vocationally

  • Challenging those in the preparation for ministry process to a mature obedience to the Holy Spirit in their life and vocation

Assignment to an Advisory Group will be made upon submission of completed application forms 1, 2A and B. Electronic submission of forms is strongly encouraged. Email The Advisory Group Chair will connect to schedule the Inquiry Appointment.

For information on how to enter this process, see the Process Protocols document or contact CPM Co-Chairs. 

CPM Co-Chairs:

Contact CPM by emailing:

  • Group A - Pattie Holt

  • Group B - Rev. Carol Kirkpatrick

  • Staff contact - Rev. Eliana Maxim


Other Essential Information, Forms & Documents 

Psychological/Career Assessments are available in the Seattle area from:

Marsha Cutting, MDiv., Ph.D., 312 Root Path NW, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110, , 518-312-9088

Matthew Percy, Psy.D., Samaritan Center of Puget Sound, 564 NE Ravenna Blvd, Seattle, WA, 98115,, 206-527-2266 x347

Kimberly Snow, Psy.D., Samaritan Center of Puget Sound (Bellevue PC office), 1800 100th Ave NE, Room 421, Bellevue, WA 98004,, 206-527-2266 x363

Seattle presbytery Protocols - Required Reading 

Click here to download.

Preparation for Ministry FORMS

Click here to access the forms. These are now available as fillable .pdf files. Information can be entered directly into the forms using the free Adobe Acrobat Reader program, and then saved so that they can be emailed to others, updated later, etc. Submit forms with required attachments to

Book of Order Section G-2.06

Download the PC(USA) Book of Order here and find G-2.06 for the section on Preparing for Ministry.

Ordination Exams