We want to see lives flourish in the grace, peace, and hope of Jesus
The Mountain Church is a new church in Des Moines, Washington. In the early Spring of 2015, 6 people began praying, dreaming, and talking about what a church devoted to Jesus and His teaching could look like. In January of 2016, the team began gathering each week at the Englehart's to share a meal and study how the gospel of grace changes and shapes everything.
We've had lots of transition in 2020 and 2021. As our community has gone through many changes, we have too. By God's grace we will continue to grow as we seek to know Jesus and make Him known.
The Mountain Church believes that the historic Christian gospel is true, compelling, and transformative. We believe the Bible, God's Holy Scriptures, are true and sufficient. We believe being rooted in the Word of God, and centered on the gospel of Jesus, creates a new community of humility, grace, truth, and love. For a more detailed description of our beliefs, please reach out to us using our Contact Us form.
Daniel Englehart serves as the pastor of The Mountain Church. He grew up in West Seattle and would've rather done anything else than be a part of a church. Daniel loved playing sports, watching the Seahawks or Mariners, or sleeping in, more than being with the church. It wasn't until high school that Jesus saved Daniel from the legalism and moralism he believed was "Christianity." Prior to faith in Jesus, he believed that his identify, worth, and goodness was found in what he did or did not do. The good news of Jesus has changed Daniel's life. He desires to grow in grace and wants others to experience the grace he's found in Jesus. In 2011, he married his high school sweetheart, Stephanie, and began teaching youth and college students about Jesus in Southwest Louisiana. The Engleharts moved back to the greater Seattle area and began the process of planting The Mountain Church in 2015. Besides Jesus, his family, and the church, Daniel loves people and food, nachos in particular. If you'd like to connect with Daniel, please reach out using our Contact Us form or you can find him on social media.
In the Bible, mountains were often places where people encountered and experienced God. Throughout the biblical narrative, the glory of the Lord, (meaning the presence of His infinite and supreme greatness, worth, and beauty), is described as coming down on the mountain. God would reveal himself, offer instruction, and dwell among his people. Ultimately, the very image of the glory of God came down to the earth and was made manifest to his people in Jesus. In the gospel narratives, Jesus taught his disciples, communed with the Father, and commissioned the apostles on a mountain. Jesus came to make encountering and experiencing God possible through his life, death, and resurrection.
The name for The Mountain Church came out of this imagery and symbolism. We aspire to be a church where all people can encounter, experience, and enjoy God in Jesus. Just as Mount Rainer's iconic beauty can be viewed all around the Puget Sound and South King County, we pray the Mountain Church will be a city on a hill, a contrast-community, to share our passion for Jesus and show the difference the gospel makes.