The Manifold Plant

It takes a village to plant a church. Well, a few dioceses, a branch of the Baptist church, and an established church plant to be exact. They all came together last year to plant All Saints Anglican Church in downtown Everett, Washington, under the leadership of the Rev. Kevin Craik.

Eighteen months ago, Craik was serving on staff as a deacon under Bishop Todd Hunter at Holy Trinity Church in Costa Mesa, California, when the Bishop pulled him aside to share some exciting news. Pastor Wes Johnson of BethelBaptist Church in Everett, Washington—a part of Converge (formerly known as the Baptist General Conference)—had offered his building and resources to birth an Anglican church plant. Yeah, it sounded weird, but Bethel was focused on building the Kingdom of God in their community, and they were looking for an Anglican church planter. Would Craik be interested?

“It is common to hear the phrase ‘kingdom of God’ these days,” Bishop Hunter says, “but it is rare to see churches and leaders actually live it out.”

Bethel was actually imitating another Baptist church that had already succeeded at the unusual strategy. In 2013, Pastor Dr. Barry Crane of Northsound Church in Edmonds, Washington, noticed a need for liturgical churches in the area to reach a demographic that he couldn’t. After starting a conversation with Bishop Hunter and Bishop Kevin Allen of the Diocese of Cascadia, Crane planted Holy Trinity Edmonds, led by the Rev. Ryan Brotherton, within his own church. (The church plant began under C4SO but naturally transitioned to the local Diocese of Cascadia.) Crane invited other Baptist pastors to plant biblically faithful liturgical churches in their midst, and Johnson accepted the challenge.

“When Dr. Crane approached me with the challenge to consider planting an Anglican church inside Bethel’s building, it was clear that God was moving,” says Johnson. “Our team was energized…We are looking forward to seeing a vital new congregation emerge.”

When Bishop Todd pitched the opportunity to Craik, pledging C4SO’s support, the California native agreed, though he had no connections of his own in the Northwest. After meeting with Johnson and plotting out the details, Craik and his wife and son moved to Everett last fall.

“It felt like a parachute drop for us,” Craik says. “But when we got here, we had a net of support right away.”

A major source of that support was Holy Trinity Edmonds. The Craiks began worshipping at Holy Trinity, building relationships and seeing firsthand how a church plant looks in a Baptist backyard. Brotherton, who testifies to the efficacy of the Baptist/Anglican model, is committed to partnering with All Saints any way he can.

“A local church offering their building, some money, collegiality, and friendship is about the best support a church planter can get,” Brotherton says. “Combine that with the benefit of the host church getting to celebrate with you and knowing that they are contributing to the growth of the kingdom of God, and I can’t imagine a better, more kingdom-minded way to plant churches.”

Brotherton is part of an executive team surrounding Craik that includes Bishop Hunter, Bishop Allen, Dr. Johnson and Dr. Crane. Each party offers financial, emotional and spiritual help to the fledgling church. Like Holy Trinity Edmonds, All Saints began as part of C4SO but will eventually reside in the Diocese of Cascadia, under Bishop Allen.

Craik is grateful to have a team’s input in the logistics, as well as adjusting to the pre-Christian spiritual climate in the Northwest. He now has a core team of about 10 people, plus five or six others who are interested. He spends his days networking in the community, having core team meetings, talking to people about the church’s vision and values, and meeting for meals and fellowship in people’s homes. The church also meets occasionally in a room at Bethel for a simplified Eucharist service. They hope to launch sometime this year.

“In a church plant like this, there are always people who are ready and willing to help however they can,” Craik says. “I’m not on my own. I can get advice and opinions from several people who all really want this plant to succeed.”

All Saints is indeed a Spirit-led amalgamation of gifts, resources and callings. In return, the diverse partners—especially Johnson—are blessed by the church plant.

“Working with Kevin has proven to be a delight,” Johnson says. “He has a quiet way of listening and interacting that is refreshing. People who follow Christ in Kevin’s care will find a thoughtful pastor who will lead with kindness and good cheer.”

Holy Trinity Partners With Lifewater

myholytrinity-LifewaterFunding a Well for a Rural Village

UPDATE: We just found out that our well will be in the Kaliro region of Uganda.

On Sunday, June 5 Holy Trinity welcomed good friend Bobby DeLancellotti as we launched our missional partnership with Lifewater to purchase a well for a rural village impoverished by the lack of a fresh water source. Lifewater is a Christian non-profit that brings clean water and sanitation to rural villages all over the world.

Our goal this summer is to raise $6,000 to fund a well in a village without the availability of fresh water. The project will integrate our entire community: adults and children! Families of pre-schoolers, children, and youth are invited to participate in our fundraising goal to purchase one well.

To read more about Lifewater, their mission and impact in the world, visit their website.

For information about Holy Trinity’s participation in the mission contact Trevecca Okholm at treveccao@gmail.com

Click here to listen to Bobby’s vision & mission at his visit to our church.

Click here to give, and click on Lifewater Well Fund in our directed giving box.

Our Character At Work

Many leaders need to win (and thus humiliate others), need to get their way (and thus threaten others), need to be seen in a positive light (and thus blame others), need to give good news to those they report to (and thus intimidate others into fudging reports when necessary), and need to be seen as powerful in every setting (and thus speak condescendingly to others). Our Character at Work demonstrates that leadership is more effective and ethical when done in servant-led ways. How do you become a servant leader? It begins with your heart… Put everything you have into the care of your heart — the hidden, causative, motivational you — for everything you do flows from it. It is the real source of your outward life. It determines what your life amounts to. (Proverbs 4:23, author’s paraphrase) Our Character at Work leads you on a personal journey, guiding you to an interior renovation of heart and soul that produces genuine and consistent servant leaders.

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Meet Our Resident Artist – Christine Lee Smith

​During the Season of Epiphany, Holy Trinity is developing the theme: The Revelation of Christ through The Stewardship Of Our Lives. ​In the same spirit, we’ve invited Christine Lee Smith to be our first ever “Artist in Residence!” An artist in residence is generally a creative person who enters an environment, organization or community (in our case a church family) to offer her talents, creative ideas, and research to collaboratively enrich the existing group of people inhabiting that environment. Christine has offered 6 pieces of contemplative photography which populate our website and weekly visual reflection cards. She, in conjunction with Lisa Igram and Elizabeth Khorey have authored reflective questions to assist us with thinking about the ways God is inviting us as individuals and as a community to steward our lives.

Be sure to say hi to Christine at church. Tell her what you are thinking about as you reflect on the images she’s brought to our community!

A little about Christine

As a contemplative photographer, Christine explores the connections between art and prayer, and truth and beauty.

Primarily a wedding and portrait photographer since 2006, Christine began exploring photography as an art form and other art mediums after completing her spiritual direction training in 2013. As a result she founded Epiphany:Visio where she uses her photography and creates safe spaces to help connect people with what Jesus may be stirring in their hearts through prayer and photography experiences.

Currently Christine enjoys using film cameras in different formats for her personal and fine art work. She enjoys photographing her surroundings and using her years of wedding photography experience to anticipate and capture moments.

Other tidbits:

  • has been wearing converse since 5th grade
  • loves reading art, psychology and spiritual formation books
  • loves the sound of a 289 V8 Ford engine starting up
  • lives and works in Long Beach
  • married to Matt

Christine’s website:
www.epiphanyvisio.com