HISTORY

We joke that a year at Venture Church is the equivalent of 7 years at most churches. Our history is one of miracles and strategic moves that have brought us to where we are today.

How it all started...

Venture Church (formerly known as Canyon Creek Church) started as a final graduate school project for Brandon. He wrote his master’s thesis on how he would plant a church and what that church would be like, never in his wildest dreams imagining that he would actually take the leap of faith to do it. He remembers believing that there were two ways to pioneer a new church; have another church birth a new church or find 50 radical people that were willing to try something crazy for Jesus and go for it.

In January of 2004, with the help and support of Cedar Park Church in Bothell, 50 radical people stepped out in faith and Venture Church began. We started having informal gatherings at our newly rented office at the Mill Creek Office Park. Those initial gatherings quickly grew to over 100 people and a new meeting place was needed. We rented Heatherwood Middle School and officially launched a service on Sunday, February 9, 2004.

EXPANDING THE VISION...

Those initial months were exciting as everything we did was a “first.” We had our first communion, our first baptisms, our first members, our first Easter, our first BBQ, etc. By the fall of 2004 we had grown to the point where a second service was a necessity and it was becoming obvious that we would soon need to find a different meeting place for our growing new church. It was May of 2005 when we started meeting in Jackson High School. Our first service at Jackson saw over 300 people gather and worship with us. Then in 2008, we officially bought, remodeled and moved into our first building on Ash Way in Lynnwood.

In February of 2009, Venture Church celebrated its 5 year birthday, and in the late fall of that year, we purchased 17 acres for our future growth! That was a huge miracle, but didn’t solve our immediate growth needs, so in the January of 2010 the staff of Venture moved offsite and we began our 2nd remodel of the Ash Way building.

With continued, unprecedented growth (and standing room only Sundays) Venture walked right into God’s next miracle for us. In January of 2011 we voted to acquire our Everett / Mukilteo location near Boeing in Everett. Part of the miracle of acquiring this building was that, at 3 times the size of Ash Way building, it not only accommodated all of our capacity needs but we got to keep our 17 acres on Hwy 9 for our future growth too!

In March of 2013, Venture Church went multi-site and launched our first campus in a school in Mill Creek/Snohomish. The intention at the time was to move this campus to our Highway 9 property once a building was built to create a HUB for Venture. Little did we know that a multi-site campus model was being born at Venture with the launch of this Mill Creek/Snohomish campus. This was confirmed shortly after in 2013, when we also acquired a church on the Palouse in Moscow, Idaho allowing us to launch a second campus.

With a growing heart for planting campuses, in the fall of 2013 we launched our “REACH Initiative.” REACH is now a key component to Venture Church accomplishing our mission and encompasses supporting global missions, local mission/community outreach and church planting (with the goal of planting 100 churches in our lifetime).

As all three of our campuses continued to grow, costs to build on our Highway 9 property became insurmountable, so on June 2, 2014, the members of Venture Church voted unanimously to sell the property. This left part of our “main campus” at our Everett/Mukilteo location, and the other part in a school in Mill Creek. But God is faithful and He of course had a plan. In October of 2015, using the proceeds from the sale of the Highway 9 property, we secured a building in Mill Creek. Being inside the city limits of THE city we originally planted Venture was a dream realized. We remodeled that building from top to bottom and re-opened it as Venture’s Central campus on January 31, 2016. By the end of 2016 we had sold our Everett building and migrated the rest of our people to Mill Creek as well, with the intention of tearing down the small building in Mill Creek and building a new building to suit the needs of the quickly growing Central campus. At the end of 2018, we finally broke ground on our Central Campus and construction concluded December 2019. Shortly before the COVID-19 pandemic broke out, we celebrated the grand opening of our Central Campus in January 2020 and because of continued growth we are currently making plans to expand this facility.

Because of our church planting goal, we have launched multiple Venture Campuses along  the way,  as well as helping launch multiple sovereign church plants. Our Venture campuses and plants include our Palouse Campus in Moscow, Idaho, Costa Rica, Everett, Spokane and Federal Way.  We are currently making plans for our next campus: Seattle.

Where we are headed...

Venture Church has seen a lot of changes since our beginning years, including our name, but one thing has always stayed the same…we want to Make Jesus Famous.

We invite you to come be part of our story as our journey continues and our history unfolds!

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