It’s been a big year for Judah Smith, pastor of the 7,000-strong Kirkland-based City Church. With a best-selling book, Jesus Is _____ (and a billboard and bumper sticker campaign to match), and shout-outs from Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber (to whom he ministers and with whom he skateboards), the 34-year-old Smith launched into the top tier of the nation’s charismatic mega-church pastors. He may sport a pair of hipster glasses for every hoodie and a One Direction haircut, have a strong social media presence (including more than 250,000 Twitter followers), and give sermons steeped in pop culture and straight talk (i.e., a willingness to admit to liking sex, oh my!), but all of the temporal packaging can’t hide his evangelical core.
The Full List: Most Influential People of 2013
Their finger prints are all over Seattle. From protecting honeybees to regulating marijuana to popping and locking, these 54 men and women (and in one case, a machine) are shaping our neighborhoods, economy, attitudes and future. In the case of our person of the year—for the first time in our nine years of compiling this list, it’s a tie!—the impact is on a global scale. We may not always like the direction they are taking us in but it’s hard to deny: these folks are taking us somewhere.