new ecbf senior pastor

Pastor Michael Hunter and his wife, Pastor Sanetta, have been selected as the new Pastor and First Lady of Emerald City Bible Fellowship. They have pastored in various capacities for over 30 years and come to us from Spirit and Truth Worship Center in Kent, WA where they served as Senior Pastors for the past 14 years. 

As the Senior Pastor of The Spirit and Truth ministry, Pastor Hunter was committed to establishing a multi-cultural ministry from its inception. For the last four years the congregation came together in joint services with City of Rain, a local Ukrainian Covenant church, and was also in fellowship with Midway Covenant Church in Kent, WA and Tigard Covenant Church in Tigard, OR. Pastor Hunter believes it is imperative for the body of Christ to collaborate and work together as one.

As a Pastor and a man of God, he is firmly committed to the Word of God in both practice and preaching, and also believes that each member of the body of Christ has a God-given gift, purpose and calling, and that the family is the fabric of our society.

He and his wife of 35 years have two sons, one “daughter-in-love” and two grandchildren. They have been very active in the community, training and promoting healthy marriages and relationships.

Pastor Michael Hunter was installed as Pastor of Emerald City Bible Fellowship June 3, 2023.


On behalf of the congregation of Emerald City Bible Fellowship, we wanted to share some big news that brings feelings of both sadness and gratitude. 

Our founder, pastor, president of Urban Impact, and friend, Rev. Harvey Drake Jr. retired from his role as Senior Pastor at Emerald City Bible Fellowship June 25, 2023 and will be retiring as President of Urban Impact at the end of 2023.


Many of you know that Pastor Harvey and Sister Andrea are all about family – that is why they will be relocating to Dallas, Texas to be closer to their son, daughter-in-law and grandchildren. We are excited for them to step into this new season of life - to enjoy a well-earned retirement, life as active grandparents, and whatever ministry opportunities God may have in store for them in Texas. 

While we are sad to see Pastor Harvey go, we are so honored and humbled by his nearly 40 years of service to the greater Seattle community. His pastoral leadership of Emerald City Bible Fellowship, Urban Impact and in the region has been invaluable. He pioneered the work of Christian Community Development in Seattle’s Rainier Valley that has impacted so many lives and been a model for many to build on. He has been a friend, partner, and leader who faithfully served and led us all toward Biblical justice and reconciliation. We are so grateful God sent the Drakes to Seattle.