Alternative Missions was started in 1995 to facilitate the hopes and dreams of a group of friends who wanted to make an impact with their lives. Since that time A. M. has encouraged missionaries and mission teams to believe God for great things. (Matthew 28:18-20 / Mark 10:30-31).

We truly believe that "You can do things I cannot do; I can do things you cannot do and together we can do great things!" Mother Theresa

What does Alternative Missions do?

We pioneer and run ministry projects...

  • Ministry locations in various countries. 

We coordinate resources related to missions...

  • Teams, equipment, supplies.

We recruit, train, and facilitate missionaries... 

  • Full time staff, interns and staff support

Statement of Purpose

Alternative Missions exists to...

  • Express the love of God in ways that are relevant, creative and tangible in order to influence people to come under the lordship of Jesus Christ.
  • Seek out and partner with others who want to commit to the long term process related to influencing people for Christ.
  • Network resources to missions projects around the world.

Doctrinal Statement

Because Alternative missions is committed to working interdenominationally we do not emphasize a specific denominational doctrinal statement but in it's place affirm that...

The Bible is God's inspired and authoritative word, revealing that Jesus Christ is God's Son. We believe that man is created in God's image and that He has created us to have eternal life through Christ. Although all men have sinned and come short of God's glory and are eternally lost without Christ, God has made salvation possible through the death on the cross and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We believe that repentance, faith, love and obedience are necessary and fitting responses to God's initiative of grace towards us and that God desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. We believe that the Holy Spirit's power is demonstrated in and through us for the accomplishing of Christ's last commandment: Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature" (Mark 16:15).

Board of Directors

  • Tom Hackett / President
Tom is the president and founder of Alternative Missions. Tom has been involved in world missions for over 30 years. During that time he has started and directed various projects and ministries.
  • Mark Sandeno / Vice President
Mark is a Pacific Northwest native and has worked with Alternative Missions as a staff member and board member for many years. As an entrepreneur for nearly 20 years, Mark pioneered, led, and advised a variety of businesses and non-profits. Mark currently owns an Internet consulting and application development firm based in downtown Seattle.
  • John Safarli / Secretary
John is a Seattle-based attorney who practices government and commercial litigation. John has held various church leadership roles, including helping supervise the financing and construction of the first Armenian Orthodox church in the Pacific Northwest.
  • Jeff Vehrs / Treasurer
Jeff is a general contractor in the Seattle area. He served with Youth With A Mission for many years with an emphasis in unreached people groups.
  • Dr. David Spiro

David Spiro is a practicing Family doctor in Edmonds, Washington. He has been involved with Alternative Missions since 2001, initially involved in the establishment of medical work on St. Helene, Bay Islands, Honduras.  He now serves Dwellings as board member and medical consultant.  David enjoys working with men in his home group, team building and giving aid to others in
their pursuit of faith.
  • Kelsey Martin

Kelsey lives in northwestern Washington with his wife Judi and daughter Amanda. He works in the oil and gas industry. Kelsey's loves exploring the great outdoors on horseback, especially the mountains of Montana. Kelsey has served in youth ministry, holds a position on his local church board, and has hosted several marriage small groups with his wife Judi.