Our Story

The Mountain Church is a new church that was started in the city of Des Moines. 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. As we continued to pray, more individuals, couples, and families became interested in the mission and vision for the future. 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.

In May, the gatherings had outgrown the Englehart's house. We needed to find a bigger space that would facilitate the adults and growing amount of young children. In June, we began gathering at Highline College. We rented one classroom for adults, and another for kids. For 8 months we gathered at Highline College until we needed more space for adults and a more organized space for the kids. In February of 2017 we began renting space from the Des Moines Campus of The Gathering Place (Formerly Lifepoint Foursquare Church), until November 2020 where we've moved to First Baptist Church of Federal Way. By God's grace we will continue to grow as we seek to know Jesus and make Him known in our community. 

Our Name

In the Scriptures, 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. 

Our Leadership

  • Nathan Schlaud

    Nathan grew up in a small town in Michigan. He grew up in the church, but pursued academic success and worldly things just as much as he did a relationship with God. While serving as a Bible camp counselor after his sophomore year of college, God revealed to Nathan that being a follower of Jesus required all of himself. In faith, he jumped fully in, transferring schools and obtaining a Bachelor's degree in Youth Ministry & Bible.


    After graduating in 2006, Nathan moved to the Seattle area for a year long youth apprenticeship at Boulevard Park Presbyterian Church.  When he completed that, he was hired as the Youth Pastor for Grace Church in the summer of 2007. He met his wife Megan there, and they were married in 2009. After 8 years of the Schlauds serving at Grace, Nathan transitioned out of vocational ministry.


    The Schlauds remain very passionate about seeing people fully surrender their lives to Jesus Christ. They joined with the Engleharts and Finns to help plant the Mountain Church, desiring to see people's lives completely reoriented around the Gospel. Nathan and Megan love pouring into people and sharing their lives with them. They love being a part of the Mountain Church family and continue to seek to follow Christ more intimately every day. 


    William grew up in Des Moines, where he's now lived for the past 30 years. Although raised attending church, it wasn't until high school that Jesus saved him. Through joining the music team at his church, he saw a passion for God in other musicians that led him to faith in the gospel. Since then, William has faithfully served or led in the church for 19 years. 

    William and his wife, Kelly, were led to help plant The Mountain Church from its beginnings. A teacher by profession, William has a passion for training and encouraging others how to apply the gospel to their life and make much of Jesus with their life. He currently leads music at our Sunday Gatherings. William and Kelly have been married for 12 years and have two daughters. The Finns love Des Moines, opening their home to others, and serving with The Mountain Church.


    Daniel 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 gospel changed his heart, mind, and identity and by God's grace, he continues to explore and apply it to his everyday life. In 2011, he married his high school sweetheart, Stephanie, and began teaching youth and college students about Jesus in Southwest Louisiana. The Engleharts moved to Des Moines and began the process of planting The Mountain Church in 2015. 

    Besides Jesus, the church, and his family, Daniel loves people and food. If you would like to connect with him, please send us a message by clicking the link and using our Contact Us form.

Our beliefs

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. We hold to the Five Solas, the five Latin phrases that summarize the heart of the Christian faith. These phrases arose during the Reformation and were central to the Reformers convictions. In English the phrases are translated as the following: grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, according to the Scriptures alone, for the glory of God alone. Our Confessional Statement is adapted from the Confessional Statement of The Gospel Coalition. For a more detailed description of our beliefs, please reach out to us using our Contact Us form.