HISTORY

Westminster Chapel is a family growing in grace, built up of people from different backgrounds, cultures and generations. Beginning with just 13 families in 1964, the Lord has blessed and grown our congregation for over 55 years. Whether you are beginning a journey of faith or are a long-time follower of Jesus, this is a place where you can belong.

In January 2020, Ryan Falls accepted the call to serve as the fourth senior pastor in Westminster Chapel’s history. Ryan and his wife, Liz, want the Chapel to be a welcoming place to its congregation as well as visitors from near and far. We’re grateful they are becoming part of the rich history of Westminster Chapel.


HISTORY

In 1964, thirteen families made a decision to establish a Bible-based church called Westminster Chapel. Pastor Wilbur Antisdale led the growing fellowship in a downtown Bellevue rented funeral home. By 1969 a chapel and education building were completed as the 500-member church began holding 2 worship services. Faced with steady growth, the congregation bought additional land in 1977 and began plans for a new worship center, office and classroom building.

The first service in the worship center sanctuary was held in 1980, and three years later Pastor “A” retired. Mark Neuenschwander was called as Westminster’s second senior pastor and the church continued to grow. Having established a very strong world missions department, more and more ministries were launched to serve the spiritual, physical and relational needs of the congregation and surrounding region. Seeking to support and nurture churches and other Christian organizations, Westminster Chapel became a key Christian and community focal point. Pastor Gary Gulbranson became the third Senior Pastor of Westminster in August 1993. He and wife Jorie diligently and lovingly nurtured our intergenerational and diverse congregation of people.

In 2004 the Next Chapter campaign was launched to provide the financial resources to underwrite a capital expansion project that would allow us to meet the needs of our growing community and ministries. This included the demolition of the original Chapel. By 2008, a three-story structure stood in its footprint, housing the Community Life Center (CLC), Foyer, Counseling Center, Student and Children’s Ministry centers, offices, classrooms, and more.

Our passion is to engage the changing needs of this community with God’s unchanging Word. Westminster Chapel now finds itself at the center of an ethnically and culturally diverse urban center, with needs and challenges dramatically different from the suburban community of Bellevue just a few years ago. As God blesses and prospers the work and ministry of Westminster Chapel, it will continue to impact lives and eternity.

Where did the name ‘Westminster Chapel’ come from?

Westminster Chapel gets its name from the Westminster Confession. This confession was written in 1647 as a way to unify people from different backgrounds around a strong confession of faith. Westminster was founded on a similar vision of including people from a variety of spiritual heritages who held a strong statement of faith in common.