ABOUT MILL CREEK COMMUNITY CHURCH
In 1989, Mill Creek Community Church (MCCC) was started as a church plant for the Christian Reformed Church (CRC) in the Mill Creek area. Mill Creek is a charming suburban community between Seattle and Everett, Washington. Since 1989, the Seattle area, including Mill Creek, has burgeoned. An area of great natural beauty, growth has brought many good things—a lively music scene, the arts, education, sports and more—and some not such good things, traffic and housing prices. For all that, it remains an attractive and exciting place to live.
It’s also an exciting place to do ministry. Seattle is among the most secular of cities in the US. Mill Creek Community Church emerged in this challenging spiritual environment. In began in the late 1980s. The church met first in an office building and then in schools. It was in this time that Mill Creek began to establish its identity as a church open to the full participation of both men and women. The congregation sought and continues to seek not only the inclusion of both men and women in leadership but to teach and preach a gospel of reconciliation in Christ for all people.
In 1990, the church hired Eleanor Rietkerk as a half-time non-ordained staff member, focusing on pastoral care. In 1997, having completed her seminary studies, Pastor Eleanor was ordained. Soon after she became the Lead Pastor of Mill Creek Community Church. She remained in that position until her retirement in 2013. Pastor Eleanor and her husband Bill remain as supportive members of the church.
During this time, the congregation purchased its present site on the corner of 164th and North Road. 164th is a major artery carrying traffic east and west. It has an exit on I-5, less than a mile from the church. The church building was completed in 2001. The first service in the new building was celebrated in December of that year.
Following Pastor Eleanor’s retirement, Pastor Chris Allen came to Mill Creek Community. Pastor Chris brought a younger presence to the leadership of the congregation. A MOPS group was begun and quickly filled up. The food bank ministry continued to carry on its vital ministry to the poor and homeless in our area.
In 2017, Pastor Chris accepted a call to Oakville, Ontario. Pastor Clay Libolt has stepped in as the interim pastor while the church seeks a new Lead Pastor. The ministry of Mill Creek Community remains strategic and promising. We look forward to discovering what God has for us in the future.
We invite you to join us for worship at 10 a.m. each Sunday!