The story of a church that began in Bonney Lake
Open Life Church is the result of a divine interruption during a board meeting at Northwest Family Church (NFC) on February 10, 2009 in Auburn, WA. The Northwest Ministry Network was present and asking if anyone on that church’s staff would feel the call to start a new church in Bonney Lake. It was church that would exist for those who were not already in a relationship with Jesus. Thad Huff, youth pastor for 13 years at that point with the last 4 being at NFC, felt the nudge of the Holy Spirit, and the journey of determining if it was God, or the pizza he ate earlier that night, began. (Narrator: It wasn’t the pizza) Having lived in Bonney Lake for 4 years at that point, Thad & Dana Huff and family accepted the shift in focus from youth in Auburn to the unchurched in their community!
Thad & Dana assembled a team by asking many of their friends through Facebook and neighbors if they would join in on the mission of Jesus in Bonney Lake; “people leading people into a growing relationship with Jesus.” Over the course of the summer of 2009, the formation point of a launch team began. They settled on a pre-launch gathering in the Huff home in the fall of 2009. On January 10, 2010, Open Life started meeting weekly in the Regal Theater with 121 people (pictured above). Since the launch, Open Life has experienced great favor and has become a key organization in the life of the city of Bonney Lake, as they build and serve the community through moments like the, School Supply Give, the Community Big Give, and being strategically generous through various community partnerships. They have now moved the weekly gathering to Bonney Lake High School in the heart of the city and enjoy being able to invest back into the local school district.
We are still mobile, and after 2020 displaced us to lean in on our relationships within the community, we are excited to be back to the schools for worship again.
We discovered during 2020 that we needed even more intentional effort towards discipleship and a place to consistently equip and empower the church. So we set our sights on right spaces within the community for a ministry hub. We moved a 5 year vision back to a this year vision for 2021 and pursue a space that will be able to host classes, worship team nights, youth and more. We need a miracle for something in our price range to open, but we are believing for this still the same.
We can’t wait for you to experience true life and peace of mind through a growing relationship with Jesus. See you soon.