Canyon Creek Church started as a final graduate school project for Brandon. He wrote his master’s thesis on how he would pioneer 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 just 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 Canyon Creek 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 9th 2004.
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, and our first BBQ (of many might I add!). 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, Canyon Creek 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 CCC moved offsite and we began our 2nd remodel of the Ash Way building.
With continued, unprecedented growth (and standing room only Sundays) CCC 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 2013 we launched the” Reach Initiative.” This is our campaign to support global missions, local missions and includes the goal of planting 100 churches in our lifetime. Shortly after, in March of 2013, we launched a Mill Creek / Snohomish Campus in a school. The intention at the time was to move this campus to our highway 9 property once a building was built. Little did we know that the multi-site model was born at Canyon Creek with the launch of this campus.
With the Mill Creek campus growing, but the costs becoming insurmountable to build on our highway 9 property, the members of Canyon Creek Church voted unanimously to sell the it on June 2nd 2013. This left part of our “main campus” at our Everett 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 planted in was a dream realized. We remodeled that building from top to bottom and re-opened it as Canyon Creek’s Central campus on January 31st 2016. By the end of 2016 we had sold our Everett building and migrated the rest of our people to Mill Creek as well. 2017 plans include tearing down the current Mill Creek building and using the proceeds from the sale of the Everett building to fund the building of our new Central campus building (slated to open in 2018!).
Along the way, because of our church planting goal, we: acquired another church in Moscow, Idaho which we re-launched as a Canyon Creek campus in the fall of 2014, launched a church in Costa Rica, launched a Saturday night campus that will be relocating to Sunday mornings in North Everett in 2017, and launched a Lynnwood campus that is relocating to Mukilteo in 2017.
Canyon Creek has seen a lot of changes since our beginning years, but one thing has always stayed the same….we want to see the gospel of Jesus Christ spread rapidly. We invite you to come and join us as our journey continues and our history unfolds!