Building on Faith

Partnering with Communities of Faith

The Theology of the Hammer, developed by Habitat founder Millard Fuller, is the understanding that our Christian faith mandates we do more than just talk about faith; we must put faith and love into action.

At Tacoma/Pierce County Habitat for Humanity, we call that action Building on Faith and celebrate this partnership with a season of building each year. We invite churches of all denominations to join us in practicing the Theology of the Hammer – by volunteering, pledging support, and/or participating in Wall of Hope.

We are so grateful for the churches that support our work with gifts from their benevolence funds, special offerings, and/or direct grants from their operating budgets. Please contact us to find out how your congregation can support Building on Faith.


2022 Church Partners

The following church partners* provide amazing support to Tacoma/Pierce County Habitat for Humanity. We are honored  to count these organizations among our allies and are grateful that they join our belief that everyone should have a decent place to call home.

  • Chapel Hill Church (Gig Harbor)
  • Our Savior Lutheran Church (Tacoma)
  • Marine View Presbyterian Church (Tacoma)
  • Rainier View Christian Church (Tacoma)
  • St. Mark’s Lutheran by The Narrows (Tacoma)
  • Trinity Lutheran Church (Parkland)
  • University Place Presbyterian Church (University Place)

*Featured partners are annual donors, having made a substantial commitment to Tacoma/Pierce County Habitat for Humanity in the current calendar year.


Building on Faith: Bill Barrett Legacy House

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Tacoma/Pierce County Habitat for Humanity designates one home each year as the Building on Faith house, inviting groups from all faith backgrounds to build side by side over 3-4 months to complete the home. The Bill Barrett Legacy House will be built this summer in honor of long-time Habitat volunteer, Bill Barrett (pictured left). Sara and her son Deron will be the homeowners.



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The first wall raised in every Building on Faith home is the Wall of Hope. The Wall of Hope is long-standing Habitat for Humanity tradition that involves writing well wishes and blessings on the 2×6 studs that frame a home. Churches and organizations that contribute an annual gift $750 or more will receive a 2×6 wall of hope stud for members to write messages and/or prayers. Learn more about getting involved.


Building on Faith History

Read about past Building on Faith seasons on our blog: 2022 | 2020 | 20192018 | 2017201620152014

Watch Wall of Hope videos: 20202019 | 2017

Why I Build

"Our Lord came to serve and not to be served. Working with Habitat for Humanity through Building on Faith is one way we walk in the way of our Lord, seeking Him and serving one another. "

Jim Goertz

volunteer, University Place Presbyterian Church