Seaport Community Church started 23 years ago in Groton, CT to reach the military, and by doing so, reach the world. But it didn’t stop there: we also train and equip military members and their families to be missionaries to a culture only they can understand. Now we are about to start another chapter in the life of Seaport: we are launching a campus in Kitsap County to minister to the military families in the area. Earlier this year, God began to speak to Pastor Brad Whipple about doing something in Kitsap County specifically for military families, and the idea for Seaport Kitsap was born. You might say, “Why are you going there? Aren’t there churches that are already doing that?” The answer is yes, there are great churches in Kitsap, but none are military specific and fully understand all that goes along with the military lifestyle. Therefore, Pastor Brad contacted the Assemblies of God in Washington, and they encouraged Seaport to come help in this harvest field.
How Does it Work?
How are we going to build a new church? The new rules in the Assemblies of God allow us to plant a Parent Affiliated Church (PAC) anywhere in the United States. This enables us to have a Seaport in Kitsap County that is under Pastor Brad Whipple as the Senior Pastor. This helps us in many ways: the DNA from Seaport Community Church can be reproduced in Kitsap County, easily allowing families that are from Groton to jump right in without delay. Most military families are only in Groton, CT for about three years before leaving, which means they have to find a new church and begin the process of fitting in all over again at their new duty station. Having a Seaport campus in both Kitsap and Groton will allow us to plug them into either campus seamlessly. The relationships built at either church will carry over to both places and will not be lost!