The Bethel Story

Our Story Begins...

…in the summer of 1974 in a downtown Tacoma YWCA. That very first service started with less than ten people in attendance. Today, that small group of strangers has grown into quite a large family. And it’s still growing. Over the past forty years, people all over Tacoma, Spanaway, Puyallup and the surrounding area have chosen to make our church their church. Since 1974, Bethel has endeavored to share the love of Jesus and to spread His message of hope to the people in our community.

We are a growing church. In 1979, a five-acre parcel of land in Spanaway was donated, and, since then, God has blessed our church, growing those 5 acres into 16. Each week, hundreds of people walk through our doors. Our mission is to help as many of them as we can. Over the years, we have built and remodeled several buildings on the property to provide space for outreach and ministries that accomplish this goal. Future plans include a 1,000-seat auditorium with room to accommodate even more.

We are a military church. Located in the backyard of JBLM, scores of military families are making the move to Spanaway. Many of them have had to leave a good church back home as the military moves them to bases around the world. We understand the challenges that military life brings and appreciate all the sacrifices made by those who serve our country. Our goal is to provide a loving and supportive church for those men and women and their families who serve in our nation’s armed forces. In fact, many of our members are veterans who have chosen to settle down in Washington State and make Bethel their permanent church home.

We are an international church. Our church family is made up of nearly twenty different nationalities, and we like it that way! At Bethel, everyone is welcome. We count it a great privilege to welcome people from many cultures and diverse backgrounds every single week.

We look forward to meeting you at one of our services. Maybe you’ll find that Bethel is the right fit for you. We would love to welcome you into our church family. There’s always room for more.