SEATTLE, WA (February 25, 2015) — Quest Church’s new building will accommodate the growing number of attendees and situate the congregation closer to one of its core ministries as well, pastor Eugene Cho said.
The church recently announced that it had purchased the approximately 40,000-square-foot building occupied by Mars Hill Church in Ballard. The new location is just 1.2 miles from the current location in Interbay.
Quest plans to move into the space later this year. Until that time, Cross and Crown Church, the congregation that was once Mars Hill Ballard, is renting the property from Quest.
The new property is closer to the church’s drop-in center. The Bridge Care Center serves men and women experiencing homelessness or economic hardship in the Ballard area of Seattle. The center offers counseling, provides referrals to appropriate agencies on issues such as housing and healthcare. Computer/phone stations enable individuals to use email, conduct job searches, update resumes, and connect with friends. Individuals also can rest and connect with others in the community room. Clothing, blankets, backpacks, and sleeping bags are available to them as well.
Liz Mosbo VerHage, pastor of glocal ministries, said that in 2014 the BCC provided services for 684 clients and distributed 20,273 resources.
“The foundation of Quest is the gospel of Christ. This is what shapes and informs how we try to live out our faith. What that looks like to us is a commitment to our five pillars of mission: soul, community, reconciliation, compassion and justice, and global presence,” Cho said.
That commitment has been key in helping the church grow to nearly 1,000 people at Sunday services. “We have been amazed to see people of all backgrounds, ethnicities, and age groups come to our church,” Cho said. “It has been humbling and encouraging to see more and more people attend Quest—not just as spectators or consumers, but as those who want to be part of a community of people that pray for one another, learn together, encourage one another, and are on mission together.”
The church started in 2001 in the living room of Cho and his wife, Minhee.
The purchase was financed the National Covenant Properties.