Simply put, Imprint Church exists to transform people into generous disciples of Jesus Christ who are sent into the world to make other generous disciples of Jesus Christ.
We envision a movement of people who love Jesus and who are known more for their generosity and gratefulness in Christ than anything else. We want to watch the gospel transform people’s lives and start a movement of planting churches with these distinctions all over the Northwest to transform our communities and our world.
Another Church on Seattle’s Eastside?
Some may wonder, “Why would we put another church on Seattle’s Eastside? Don’t we have lots of churches already there?” That may be true, but author Lyle Schaller notes that dozens of studies have confirmed that the average new church gains most of its new members (60-80%) from the ranks of people who are not attending any worshipping body, while churches over 10-15 years of age gain 80-90% of new members by transfer from other congregations. This means that church planting is one of the best ways to reach new people for the Kingdom of God. Not only that, but we want to impart the vision of a generous community of people who know Jesus to compel us all to make an imprint on our world.
The Mission at Imprint Church
We want to be distinct and intentional in our approach to reaching people, so our ministry will be based on these four core values.
1. The Gospel
God’s plan is to save individuals, gather them together as one people and sends them out into the world on one mission. This vision of the gospel transforms everything about church ministry. It means that we’re compelled by the good news of the gracious work of Jesus in his life, death and resurrection. It also means that we are working with Christ to restore His creation back to its original order. This is why we are concerned with both lives-changed and social justice issues; because we know that God’s purpose is to redeem individuals who will live together, forever in a restored creation.
2. The Bible
The Bible is our authority for all things. We do not consider the Bible simply a book of rules, nor is it just a book of literature. The Bible both describes and prescribes life in Christ for all people. At Imprint Church, we consider ourselves a people “of the book.” We will unashamedly preach, teach and obey the Bible, and plead with others to do the same. We derive our ministry plans from the Bible and try our best to follow the biblical vision of the church in things like worship, teaching & preaching, prayer, communion & baptism, and fellowship.
3. The Community
God loves community. He designed us to live in community and build our communities together. We are called to reflect His love for our communities by valuing, caring for, and engaging in them. We believe that the church is people, not an institution, and we want to teach our people how to live in their communities—working in their individual callings for its good and the movement of the gospel into people’s hearts.
4. The World
We want to be known as a distinct community for the world that is known for its generosity and gratitude. This attitude and the actions that follow—by God’s grace—will impact the world. We are a community on mission, sharing with the world the new reality of life in Christ anywhere we can.
A Church Planted by a Church Plant
In 1969, Northshore Baptist Church was planted in Bothell, WA to reach the northeast suburbs of Seattle with the gospel. Northshore has experienced significant growth throughout its years, and it has planted several “daughter” churches across the Northwest. Northshore commissioned Imprint to plant by supporting us with a core team of individuals and families committed to the church, and they gave us a large portion of our initial financial support over the next few years. We are so thankful for their support and partnership in the gospel. River West Church is also supporting us prayerfully and financially during our beginnings. We are also affiliated with a network of churches called the Northsound Network who are planting churches and supporting other plants like ours.
Imprint Church Staff
Darren Larson is the church planting pastor of Imprint Church. A Washington native, he grew up in Port Orchard, and started following Jesus in high school. After high school he lived overseas in Australia for a couple years before moving back to Portland, OR to attend Multnomah University. While at Multnomah, Darren met his wife Kelly, and earned his Bachelor’s degree in Bible & Education. During his years in Portland, Darren was involved in a church plant called River West Church in Lake Oswego, and served in many ways including being the youth and associate pastor there for several years. It was during his time at River West that he felt called to church planting. To prepare further for this, he went to Wheaton College Graduate School to complete a Master’s degree in Biblical Exegesis. After this, he once again returned to the NW to serve as the pastor of a church in downtown Seattle, and then began to pursue church planting through Northshore Baptist Church in Kirkland, WA in 2010. Darren and Kelly have now been married for 14 years, and have two children, Bethany and Zachary.
Sara Lennerblom, a wife and mother of three beautiful girls in Bothell, left the world of teaching and dental assisting to serve in Children’s Ministry. Her passion for Jesus and the next generation are foundational to all she does. Her perspectives stem from a unique mix of leading, teaching, parenting, administrative knowledge and a deep desire to love and serve Jesus well. She loves kids and is passionate about helping families and teachers be successful in drawing kids to Jesus and leading them in a growing, life-long relationship with Him.
Tracie Dickerboom is the Gatherings Lead at Imprint Church. She was born in north Seattle and moved to Bothell when she was seven. Raised in the church, Tracie met Jesus at Vacation Bible School and has been falling deeper in love with him ever since. She led and coordinated worship at another local church before landing at Northshore Baptist, where she served as a Service Director. Tracie works for Dell, Inc. but her favorite job is being Todd’s wife, and Megan and Kaylee’s mom.
Jenny is the Finance Lead at Imprint Church. Her family consists of an amazing husband and 2 wonderful daughters. She has lived on the Eastside for over 24 years and brings with her many years of volunteer experience both in the church and in the community. She has worked in a variety of financial jobs and also has bookkeeping experience with another small church. Although she loves the financial field, she also has a passion for serving others. She currently teaches ESL to adults and also volunteers with children of migrant workers in Mt Vernon during the summer. The unconditional love that God has shown her has been a transforming force in her life.