In 1990, three long-time friends got together to share about their church experiences and how God was impacting their lives. They had each gone to a traditional church but had experienced a different type of church and worship service in California where the pastor preached to their hearts and not just to their heads. As they began sharing with one another about the amazing experience, they began to wonder if there could be a church like that right here in Seattle.
That moment birthed a dream to reach Asian-Americans like themselves in a setting and atmosphere that would be more contemporary. They embarked on studying about Asian-American ministry and how their culture of being both Asian and American impacted their lives, the way they thought, and more importantly, how they responded to Christianity.
For the next few months, Joey Locke, Amy Chin and Diana Sum (now Diana Tam) studied, prayed, and dreamed. Then one day, they heard that Joe Yoshihara and Brandt Luke (who was in Seminary) were also thinking about planting an Asian-American church one day. To say the least, the three of them were so excited. They thought that maybe their dream could really come true!
After some time had passed, the five of them met and found out that their goals were one and the same. They decided to partner with one another and see where God would take them. Together they learned more about Asian-American ministries in the greater Seattle area. They decided that the most impactful place would be on the Eastside. Many Asian-Americans were moving to the Eastside, so they set their hopes to one day start their ministry there.