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The Reverend Emily Tanis-Likkel
Rev. Emily Tanis-Likkel sensed the call to ordained ministry when she was eight years old, baptizing her baby dolls and creating worship services for her family. She was ordained in 2005 at Eagle Harbor Congregational Church, United Church of Christ in Bainbridge Island.

Her roles over nearly two decades of ministry across several denominations have included associate pastor, church planter, children and family minister, teacher and workshop/retreat leader. When the congregation unanimously called Emily as Pastor of Alki UCC, she came home to her denomination and home to pastoral ministry. 

Emily believes it is essential for churches to be a beacon of hope in their communities, acknowledging that each person is of infinite worth and value. Humanity bears the image of God. Beautifully unique in our diversity of race, culture, disability and ability, personality, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, we reflect God, who is wonderfully reflective of all. Everything that we are, God is.

Emily lives in West Seattle in a multigenerational household with her creative-techie spouse, Brett, daughter and college student Eva (who works as tech deacon at Alki UCC), son and high school student Day, and her parents, Marti and Keith Tanis. The Tanis-Likkel family is known for their giant popcorn bowl, frequently filled to the brim.

 Emily writes, teaches, preaches and leads from a foundation of embodied spirituality, expansive theology and wonder. She loves walking labyrinths and reading novels. She is trained in Nia, a holistic movement practice, which has informed her own spiritual practice of embodying Scripture. Learn more about Emily at

Worship Video

November 26 2023
Baptism Sunday
“Maybe God Is Like That”
Sermon begins at 03:42

November 19 2023
Thanksgiving Sunday
“The Fear of Not Getting it Right”
Sermon begins at 05:06

November 12 2023
Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost
“Keep Watch”
Sermon begins at 02:03

Note: The November 5 service was in-person only.

October 29 2023
Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost
“With Your Whole Self”
Sermon begins at 05:13

October 22 2023
Poetry Sunday!
In lieu of a sermon, congregants share poetry selections that "remind them of sacred presence."

October 15 2023
Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
Due to audio difficulties, Sunday's sermon is the only worship selection posted.
Thank you for your understanding.
"Time for Dinner!"
Worship Video

October 8 2023
Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Rev. Bruce Wilson, Visiting Preacher
"Recognizing Jesus"
Worship Video
Sermon begins at 03:12
Pastor Emily was leading a PNCUCC retreat at Pilgrim Firs.

October 1 2023
World Communion Sunday
"The Authority Within"
Worship Video
Sermon begins at 06:44