Rev. Justin Almeida was raised in Las Vegas, NV and now resides on the unceded land of the Duwamish and Coast Salish peoples known as Seattle, WA. His past work includes television news media and non-profit management. He served in the Peace Corps from 2007-2009 in Romania. Justin completed his chaplain residency and fellowship at the Veterans Administration of Puget Sound. He now serves as a staff chaplain for Swedish Medical Center.
Justin has a Bachelors of Arts in philosophy and theology from the University of San Diego and a Master of Divinity from Seattle University.
He is an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister affiliated with University Unitarian Church. His chaplaincy training specializes in palliative care/hospice, mental health, trauma and crisis response.
Justin has a passion for restorative justice, social equity and public theology. He volunteers with multiple justice causes, providing trauma informed spiritual care and counseling at protests, trainings and other events.
Justin has a black belt in Shaolin Kempo and enjoys spicy food, strong coffee, and craft beers & spirits. When not partnering, parenting, working and studying, you can find him figuring out creative ways of fermenting various food and drink.