About Us

We are a place for college-aged students that is welcoming to anyone looking for a warm drink, a place to rest and find community!


The Palmer House Coffee Bar offers a variety of drinks to fit whatever mood you’re in! We have rockstar baristas who volunteer each week to serve and make this place what it is. We couldn’t do it without them!



10AM – 4PM


Whether you need a place to study, grab a cup of coffee or are looking for community, we’d love to have you stop by! We have a number of events that happen here each week and want YOU to join in on the fun!

If you are wanting to host an event in our space, fill out this reservation request by clicking the link below!

Our Story

The official purpose for this house is to provide a center for student ministry. This is a space that has been prayed over and strategically planned for 15 years. 


“I believe we have our most lasting impact when we model a generosity of spirit that has its source in the goodness and faithfulness of God.” 
– Earl Palmer
It began as just a dream. Earl Palmer pictured a cozy space where college students could find home away from home. It would stand in the gap between the world and the Kingdom of God. Owned by University Presbyterian Church, this building has been transformed from law offices into just that- a beautiful coffee house and community space: a home.
A place where any student can walk in comfortably and not be intimidated by faith but witness the Lord through authentic community and service. That they would feel welcomed and a sense of belongingness.
Our hope here moving forward is that students will take ownership. That they’d move from finding home here to creating and caring for the space themselves, inviting others in with them.


Earl arrived in Seattle in 1956 from Princeton Theological Seminay to be a part of the early days of UPC’s ministry to college students. He moved on in 1964 to serve the international community at The Union Church in Manila, Philippines. He was called to Berkeley, California in 1970 – full circle not as an undergraduate at UCB but this time as Senior Pastor. In 1991 he returned to Seattle and University Presbyterian Church and filed in the years untill he retired in 2008. Ten days later, he was on a plane to take the post as Preaching Pastor in Residence at The National Presbyterian Church in Wn D.C. These years represented a lifetime of outreach – sharing gifts of preaching and teaching with a heart always sharing the Gospel so that others could discover it for themselves. The Palmer House was dedicated in 2019 in tribute.
More on Earl can be found at his website, https://www.earlpalmer.org/


Currently, the main space of the house holds the coffee bar and the gathering area. The second floor holds offices where The Inn, the college ministry through UPC is run. Mike McEvoy is our resident student ministry director, and often you’ll find him and his dog Slater hanging out with the students!
On the top floor there’s an apartment where 5 gals live. They help run the house!

Meet our residents

These are the 5 amazing women who help make this place run each day! Read more about them and their role at the Palmer House below!


Hannah Douglas

Hannah Douglas

Head of Palmer House Coffee

Hey friends! My name is Hannah and I am a senior at SPU studying nursing!! I LOVE talking about any medical oddity, dogs, getting coffee, movies, adventure, and serving & loving Jesus. I am a YLC leader at SPU! I love getting the UW and SPU experience wrapped into one. Also I am a proud godmother as of Oct 1, so ask me about Arthur and ill show you baby pics.

Abby zeller

Abby zeller

Design/Marketing Coordinator

Hey y’all! My name is Abby and I’m an East coast girl – born and raised in Southern PA! I am currently a senior at SPU studying International Business and Fashion Merchandising. I work as a Bridal Stylist and I’m obsessed with all things sustainable fashion. My goal is to eventually have a career in Apparel Production!  I love how faithful Jesus is, I play the piano, and I will always be down to style you or just talk fashion!

Bonnie sires

Bonnie sires

Event Coordinator

Hey all! I’m Bonnie, I am a mechanical engineering student at UW. I love to do things outside, whether it’s hiking, swimming or climbing random trees. I love to dance and read books that take me to a new world. I love to take on the challenges that God sends my way with an open heart and mind. Jesus marks my way, I just follow.

Andrea Loutsis

Andrea Loutsis

Head of Community Outreach

Hi there! My name is Andrea Loutsis, I am 21 years old, and currently attending grad school at GCU! I graduated a year early from UW because I did running start so I am still a senior age. My dream is to become a Hospital Administrator, where I can travel the world and do mission work by helping struggling hospitals in Christ’s name! I love dancing, singing, painting, and babysitting my niece and nephews! But my absolute favorite thing, is seeing God work in my life, and the lives of others! So please, let’s get some coffee/tea and talk about how He is moving in you!

Nishadi Perera

Nishadi Perera

Head of Finances/Maintenance

Hey friends! I’m Nishadi! Call me what you want, always up for new nicknames!! I’m a bio major at UW from Palm Desert, California with aspirations of becoming an OBGYN. #womenshealth I LOVE Jesus, Pinterest, traveling, green smoothies, and romcoms. Mention Grey’s Anatomy to me and I will talk your ear off!



The Palmer House has been used for many events by different groups and on-campus organizations. If you are interested in learning more or how to make a reservation, please use the email below to reach us and we will be in touch with you soon.

Come on In!


9AM -10PM


10AM – 5PM



4705 16th Ave NE

Seattle, WA 98105