Bethany North is carrying on a rich tradition of worshiping and serving in a way that reflects the community. As Richard Dahlstrom, senior pastor at Bethany Community Church, began casting a vision for moving people into their communities, Pastor Scott Sund and his wife, Heather, were in the process of discerning a call to full-time ministry. At that time, they were leading a small group of young couples with families, most of whom lived in north Seattle. This core group moved together into the vision for a new campus in the Shoreline area. As the word got out to the rest of the Green Lake campus, others who lived north and were ready to step into a new chapter of their church life joined the movement. By September 21, 2010, adults and children launched their first worship service at the Richmond Highlands Community Center. We quickly outgrew the space and moved to the Spartan Center. As we have grown, the demographic of our congregation has begun to reflect Shoreline—young single adults, families, and empty nesters.
Volunteerism has been a huge theme in our history. Converting an athletic center to a worship and children’s ministry space requires many hours each week, and our congregation has stepped up in mighty ways, taking ownership of the task and experiencing community in the midst of the work. With the move of the worship service to Shorewood High School (N 175th and Fremont Ave N), we continue to rely on the congregation's generous giving of time to create worship and fellowship space, and to welcome those who come each week.
In the fall of 2012, we began to lease office and weekday ministry space, which is used for meetings, small groups, and kids’ groups. This has become a hub for staff and volunteers to work together for the ministry of Bethany North.
The last four years have been filled with growth and change, as we have developed more opportunities for relationships to be built outside of Sunday mornings. Pastor Scott has begun to preach more regularly in place of the video stream from the Green Lake campus. We have much to be grateful for as we look forward to serving our community in new ways.
For a comprehensive history of Bethany Community Church, please click here.