We love our city and we want every person to have an opportunity to experience the life and love of Jesus. Planting a church here in Bend is an extension of our heart and vision.
This new church plant is not a Westside service on the East side of town. We are excited to send out a new and unique church with its own distinct leadership. Seth Waters is a known leader to us, with proven character and integrity.
We are excited to partner with Seth over the next six months as God develops this church plant into exactly what it is supposed to be.
Why a new church?
Since 1954, Westside Church has been an important part of life in Bend and this new church plant will be an extension of Westside’s vision into a new part of town.
As we all know, the East side is alive and growing. More and more the East side has a unique culture and with the many new homes being built and the many new families moving to our city right now we have a God-sized opportunity to the neighbor next door and extend the life and love or Jesus in a visible and tangible way on the East Side of Bend.
We will be a church passionate about releasing the LIFE and the LOVE of Jesus on the East side of Bend.
We believe that God has a unique calling and destiny for the East side of Bend and that, in this season, God is positioning us to start a new church on the East side focused on three things; creating compassionate people, healthy families, and thriving communities.
My name is Seth Waters and I am so excited to meet you! I have been a Pastor for nearly 20 years serving churches all across the country including churches in Central Oregon, Virginia, Colorado and yes – even California. (Don’t hold that against me) In 2009, our family led a church plant in San Francisco, CA called Bay Church. We started with just a handful of people and watched as God grew our little community into a powerful movement of people passionate about the Revolutionary Love of Jesus. In 2017, God brought our family back from San Francisco to Bend. Little did we know, God had great plans for a new church to be planted on the East side of Bend.
My wife, Maria, and I have been married for 15 years and we have three precious kiddos, Ella, Levi, and Ian. On our days off you can find us camping in our RV, swimming, fishing, hiking or something else in the great outdoors.
I would love to meet you in person one day soon – God has such great things in store in the days to come!
The search is on! We are looking for either a commercial space to lease and build to suit, a church building, or a mobile church option. The location will need to accommodate 225 adults, 45 kids(3 classes) and 50 parking spaces. If you know of a space on the East side of Bend that may be available please send the info to firstname.lastname@example.org
The church plant timeline is spinning up in February of 2019. We will have interest meetings on Sundays, February 24, March 17 and April 11 at 11:15am in the Chapel at Westside Church. Community events are kicking off in June and our preview services will be on Sundays, July 28, August 11 and August 25. Our grand opening will be Sunday, September 8. Follow us on Facebook or connect via our text line above for regular updates! Questions? Email Pastor Seth at email@example.com
Absolutely! The new church plant will have ministries for the entire family including children and youth.