HOW THE CHURCH OF SOMERSET CAME TO BE:
The Northwest Christian Evangelical Association, a nonprofit church planting organization, recognized the up and coming Bethany area as a prime area to begin a church. With the purchase of the land that Somerset is currently located, they had faith that this would be the home of a church that would be here for the needs of this new community for many years to come.
The NWCEA reached out to Bob & Ilene Sanders and their family who were currently serving in a Pastorship at Parkland Church in Tacoma, WA. After several meeting and touring the area, the Sander’s agreed to relocate to the area and begin this start up ministry in this new and undeveloped area.
Bob started Somerset Christian in July of 1971. They begin with a home church, and as the membership grew they moved to a meeting room in a small community museum that was located on 174th, during that time Bristol Construction and many of the church members began the process of building the basement of the church building. With the purchase of two adjacent acres they completed the first phase of the campus, parking area and fields that we now enjoy.
Services were held in the church basement for the first five years before extending to the present building and main sanctuary was moved to the upstairs.
As a result of growth in the community the configuration of our campus has been forced to make changes to adapt to the needs of the community, which included moving the driveway and entrance to the North side of the build due to the expansion of Hwy 26.
Somerset has felt the growing pains of the community during the last 40+ years, and our goal is to continue do our best to build our relationship with the people who live in the Bethany area.
Somerset Church has had three Pastors:
Robert Sanders, 1971 to 1998
Marty Fenton, 1998 to 2002
James Kropilak, 2003 to present