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The City Church

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We love people

Visiting a church can be intimidating. At The City Church we make it our priority to make you feel welcome, comfortable, and loved.

We’re close

No matter where you live in the Seattle area, we've got a campus near you.

We’re real

From the music to the message, we have a genuine passion for Jesus, life, and family.

The Church We See

Watch “The Church We See” — a short film about our church and our mission. (Length: 5:27)

It's all about Jesus

The summary and sum of all our theological beliefs is Jesus Christ. Everything we believe—all the nuances of our doctrine—spring from knowing God through His son, Jesus. He's our MVP and VIP. He's the reason we exist, the goal we aim for, the explanation of life. Everything we do should directly reflect this core belief: it's all about Jesus.

Everyone belongs

Good deeds have never saved anyone. And contrary to popular belief, Christians aren't “holier than thou.” We're all humans with the same needs for love and acceptance. We've found both through Jesus, and we want to help others also.

“Organized religion”

God chose people—specifically a community of people called the Church—to carry out His mission on Earth. That means the local church is meant to be God's direct expression of love and acceptance to the world, and anyone who considers themselves a Christian should be an active part of the church.

God wants to bless

We believe God prospers people so they can have enough for themselves and enough to share. We call it “prosperity with a purpose” After all, if we're broke, how can we be generous to others?

Our story

The story of The City Church has been “a parade of miracles” every step of the way, from our first small gatherings at the Bellevue Courtyard Marriott to what we are today, a multi-site church with thousands in attendance each weekend.

The City Church began in 1992 under the leadership of Pastors Wendell and Gini Smith. Wendell and Gini had served for 20 years under Dick Iverson at Bible Temple in Portland, Oregon before being sent to plant The City Church in Bellevue. Their gifts of faith, generosity, and belief in a good God laid the foundation for the church to serve the Seattle region and beyond in many practical and spiritual ways.

In 2009, Pastors Wendell and Gini transitioned out of the lead pastor role and set in their son and daughter-in-law, Judah and Chelsea Smith, as the lead pastors. At the end of 2010, after a courageous six-year battle with cancer, Pastor Wendell passed peacefully into heaven. Pastor Gini continues to be actively involved as an elder in The City Church as well as ministering nationally and globally.

Judah and Chelsea share the same values and vision as Wendell and Gini and are passionately leading the church into a new era.

Great days are ahead!

Lead Pastors
Judah & Chelsea Smith

Founding Pastors
Wendell & Gini Smith

Our mission: to show you who Jesus is

What began as a campaign has now turned into a mission. We believe that when people see the real Jesus, they will discover that he is nearly irresistible.

Visit jesus-is.org →