Hi, and welcome to Hope! I'm Bill Walles, the founding Pastor of this great new church in the Lake Stevens area.
Why Lake Stevens? Aren't there enough churches here already? Well, let me tell you a bit of our story. My family and I lived in this area for several years before moving away for a few years, and we really missed it. So, in 2011 when we were asked to consider starting a church anywhere in the Puget Sound area, we immediately wanted to start one here. There are other great churches in this area, but we thought there was a need for a community church, one that centered around our core values of Joy, Honesty, Generosity, Simplicity, and Compassion. That combination of values is unique - and they drive us as a church community - and who we're trying to reach. Over the past 5 years we've seen Hope grow from a small group of 12 people in a basement to the vibrant community you see today. Those core values haven't change though, and we think they are one of the main reasons why we've been able to grow.
So, poke around our website to find out more about who we are as a church! Email me, come find me at Starbucks, or just show up on a Sunday morning. We can't wait to introduce you to more of Hope.
Meet Pastor Bill
I'm married to the greatest woman in the world, and we have four amazing kids. This church start is the greatest journey we've ever taken together, and it's been a wild ride, but one we're certainly not ready to get off of yet. It's the ride of our life!
If you spend much time with me you'll find out I really love a few things. I love my family, and I'm always happy to tell you about their latest exploits and adventures. I love a great glass of wine, I love just about all movies, and I love Seattle sports -- professional and college (bring back our Sonics!).
But, most importantly, I love Jesus. I believe He is absolutely real, and 2000 years after he rose from the grave He still changes and transforms lives today. I'm humbled that He's called me to play a small part in building His Kingdom here in this time and place. And I'd love for you to be a part of that.
I'm glad you've found Hope, and I hope to see you soon.
THE SIX AFFIRMATIONS OF HOPE
1. We affirm the authority of the word of God.
- 2 Timothy 3:16
2. We affirm the necessity of the new birth.
- John 3
3. We affirm a commitment to the whole mission of the church.
Head, heart, hands.
4. We affirm the church as a fellowship of believers.
- Acts 2
Choose to go to church. Not have to go to church!
5. We affirm a conscious dependence on the Holy Spirit.
- John 14
We are blessed by and cannot stop the power of the Holy Spirit.
6. We affirm freedom in Christ.
- John 8
No barriers. All are welcome. Worship God in a variety of ways.