MLAC Church History

"...I will build my church..." Matthew 16:18
A Brief History of Moses Lake Alliance Church
Taken from an article written by Joanne Luke

 


 

For years, R. Rogers Irwin, the District Superintendent of the Pacific Northwest District of the Christian and Missionary Alliance, had been burdened to begin an extension work. In November of 1975, he called Wayne and Joanne Luke to meet with him to pray about starting an Alliance Church in Moses Lake. Wayne and Joanne agreed that they would do just that.

After much prayer and preparation, the Moses Lake Alliance Church had its first public meeting at the city library, on December 7, 1975. At this meeting the Irwins, the Lukes, Rev. Steve Bush, acting extension director for the district, and all others interested in the new beginning, met to pray. After this meeting they unanimously decided that God was leading them to launch a Christian and Missionary Alliance Church in Moses Lake. The small congregation began formal Sunday school and morning worship services at the home of Wayne and Joanne Luke in the middle of December of that year. Seeing that their house would soon be crowded out, the little congregation began to pray that God would lead them to a larger place where they could hold services. Shortly after that time of prayer, the Lord provided a place at the Grant County Grange Hall, located at the fairgrounds in Moses Lake. Their first service there was in January of 1976. They met there for four years, where the congregation steadily grew from a beginning of seven in attendance to a total of seventy-three.

After much prayer, the congregation decided to purchase a five acre piece of property on Grape Drive to start building a church. In March of 1979 they moved into a partially completed building, which started a new chapter in the history of the church. Don and Diane Smithgall began a successful ministry there at that time which lasted until the Lord called them to begin an extension church in another location.

Late in the summer of 1986, Mark and Carrie Bassett came from New York and Mark became interim pastor until Tommy Martin was called to Moses Lake to begin his ministry as senior pastor in 1987. Tommy and Ruthy Martin and his family served and ministered to the people of Moses Lake Alliance Church for 15 years. As the attendance grew it became apparent that more room was needed again. Over the next few years, the church expanded to include the present sanctuary, library, new office space and foyer, plus a new Sunday school wing and gymnasium.

Early in 2002, Tommy Martin felt that the Lord was calling him to move on in his ministry to the Alliance Church in Ellensburg. At this point Del McKenzie, the acting Executive pastor at the time, filled in as interim pastor until the Lord led the search committee and membership to call our current pastor, Jody Bowser. He and his wife, Caryn, began their ministry here in July of 2003. Currently, the church has three services with an average attendance of close to 800 per Sunday. On staff are six pastors, a director of children's ministries, four support staff and many others who faithfully serve in various aspects of the church.