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"Our desire and commitment is to grow together as a community so we are
increasingly rooted in the life of Christ."

—Richard Dahlstrom, Senior Pastor

Our community is a diverse group of people whose primary aim is to give expression to the hope found in Christ through our life together, our worship, and our service to the world. These elements combine to create an environment where individually, as families, and as a church we can know transformation and better represent the spirit and heart of Jesus. We hope you’ll consider joining us on this amazing, transformational journey as we draw closer in every way to the real source of joy, hope, and strength—Jesus Christ.

Bethany North began in September 2010, when a group from Bethany Community Church at Green Lake was sent to establish a new campus in North King County and south Snohomish County. The vision was to create opportunities for people to worship in the communities in which they live and to invite others to worship with them. As a result, we have grown as neighbors and friends have joined us, and we are finding ways to serve and bless the North Seattle community.

We hope you’ll consider joining us on this amazing, transformational journey as we draw closer in every way to the real source of joy and hope and strength—Jesus Christ.

Governing Council Members


As one location of Bethany Community Church, Bethany North falls under the leadership of the Governing Council. The Council is made up of 8 to 11 members, both men and women, who worship at the various campuses, but they are united in their direction of Bethany Community Church as a whole rather than representing their own church locations. The Church Council shall be responsible for the overall administration and management of the church, and shall provide for the spiritual guidance, instruction, and protection of the congregation. (Bethany Community Church By-Laws, ArticleIV, Section 8.d)

  • Chair: Adam Runions
  • Vice-Chair: Melanie Henninger
  • Secretary: Shelby Lanting
  • Treasurer: Leslie Sesser
  • John Benny
  • Darby Carlisle
  • Matt Fiedler
  • Don Gregory
  • Melanie Henninger
  • Jonelle Hepworth
  • Glenn Knight
  • Adam Runions
  • Eric Tuininga
  • Peter Wong

Local Advisory Team

At Bethany North, we have a team of lay leaders who meet monthly with Pastor Scott as advisers in strategic planning and church health. They are members of Bethany Community Church who have worshiped at Bethany North for at least one year and as a group, they represent the demographic of the congregation.


Hundreds of invaluable volunteers work behind-the-scenes at Bethany North. We could not function as a church body without them. 



Bethany Community Church is supported by hundreds of members—individuals who have attended Bethany for a while, who call Bethany their home church, and who have committed publicly to Bethany's Membership Covenant. They support the church body in countless ways through service, leadership, and prayer. We emphasize membership because real community is the fruit of commitment, service, and accountability.