From our first night of prayer back in September of 2013 to our first church service in our new building in Ballard in August of 2015, God has done amazing things. When the Lord first spoke to Andy about stepping out in faith and starting a new church, it was clear to begin with prayer. We began weekly prayer meetings in our home and looked forward to what the Lord would do. We prayed for many things, including a place to meet once we started Sunday services, but above all, we prayed for God to go before us and prepare the path ahead. God answered our prayers and then some.
For our first year and a half we met at the Laurelhurst Community Center every Sunday morning. We started off in the smaller of two rooms there, and sometimes shared the building with a yoga class, but we were blessed with the use of a kitchen and some storage as a bonus. As we grew, we moved into the bigger meeting room. We continued to meet on Thursday nights praying for individual needs of people in the church along with our church as a whole.
In May, our church was presented with the idea of merging with a small Baptist church in Ballard. Merging would mean that we would join our fellowship with Grace Fellowship, gain ownership of the building, and become Calvary Ballard. The idea sounded a little crazy and almost too good to be true, but isn’t that how God works sometimes? Through many meetings, paperwork, and more prayer it was very clear that the Lord was giving us a gift by just dropping it in our laps.
August 2, 2015 was our first official Sunday morning in our new building. We were and continue to be overwhelmed with gratitude for what God had given us. Our church building has a rich history that began back in the 1920s with a little Baptist church. Almost 90 years later, we have the privilege to continue that history as a group of people who love Jesus and want to spread His love, not only to anyone who walks through our doors, but outside to our community as well.