About Our Pastor

Pastor Joel Creekmore

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Pastor Joel is a native of the Puget Sound area and graduated from the University of Washington with a B.S. in cellular and molecular biology, while living in Bellevue.  After graduating with his undergraduate degree he received a M.B.A. in technology and innovation management from Pacific Lutheran University.  Shortly thereafter he began working at Microsoft Corp.
It was while he was working at Microsoft and raising a young family with his wife Christelle that someone brought the Gospel of Jesus Christ to him.  For the first time in his life he was confronted with his sin and the truth of the eternal consequences that he would face.  He accepted Jesus Christ as his savior and God has been transforming his life ever since.
God called Pastor Joel to pastor and to preach and so he attended bible college and studied under his pastor at Foundation Baptist Church in Sammamish.  It was at this time that God laid a burden on his heart for the people of Bellevue, to establish a new Baptist Church to reach his friends, colleagues, and neighbors.

Pastor Joel lives in Bellevue with his wife Christelle and their three children still in the home.  He loves backpacking, the Pacific Northwest outdoors, technology, and coffee.  Maybe you are looking for a church.  Maybe you have never been to church.  Either way, Pastor Joel would love to sit down with you over coffee at a local coffee shop and get to know you.
He can be reached at any time by phone or email.  No really, shoot him an email and grab some coffee.

Nick Tallarita

Church Planting Intern

I was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, and attended Sauk Trail Baptist Temple. I was saved at the age of 5, and surrendered to full time service at 13.  When I was in high school I began to drift away from the Lord, and at age 19 I began to get my heart right and started to seek God again.  At the age of 22 I started attending Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City OK where I surrendered to be a church planter.  In my senior year I met My wife and we both graduated in may of 2018.  Just before graduation I was able to visit Bellevue with Pastor Joel and the Lord began to open doors for me to come and be the church planting intern.  In September of 2018 I moved to Washington and in December of 2018 my wife and I got married, and we are now expecting our first child in June.  At the church I get the opportunity to preach, song lead, and serve in various ways.  We love being a part of this church, and we are excited to see where God will lead us from here.