Blue Sky Church is a non-denominational, multi-ethnic, Christian church in Bellevue, WA. We are made up of Seattle area and Eastside students and professionals, married couples and singles, old and young, children and youth. Our services are casual, consisting of worship music, clear teaching from the Bible, and fun kids and youth programs.
Our desire is to be a local church where people can come in and learn about Jesus in a way that is impactful and life-changing. We are part of a small, relational network of churches who encourage each other, build each other up, and plant healthy local churches in other cities.
In 1995 Steve Morgan started Vine Church in Carbondale, Illinois with 6 people. Over the course of a few years, the church grew to over 600 people. While at a conference in 2003, Steve felt God's leading to "Do it again!"–specifically to start a church in the Seattle area. After a season of prayer, counsel, confirmation, and agreement of the overseers, Steve relocated to the Seattle area with his family and a team of about 50 people to start Blue Sky Church in in the Summer of 2004.
Our first Sunday services began that following October in the Meydenbauer Center in downtown Bellevue. In 2005, the overseers of Blue Sky located a more permanent home in Bellevue on 130th Avenue between Northup and Bel-Red Road, leasing and renovating part of an old warehouse and office space. The church continued to grow into a diverse, vibrant group of people from all over the area and Blue Sky began planting other local churches in cities on the West Coast in 2012. In 2014, following the lead of the overseers, the church gave an offering to purchase and renovate the facility to make room for more people who want to learn about and follow Jesus.
In 2016, Steve began to feel God calling him to once again plant a new church. In 2017, after much prayer and counsel, and with the support and affirmation of the overseers, Steve began the journey of planting a new church and former staff pastor David Bieraugel was appointed the new lead pastor of Blue Sky. A team of around 60 adults and their children felt called with Steve to start Joshua Church in Austin, Texas.
To everyone's surprise, God acted quickly, and began to move on the hearts of David Bieraugel and the network overseers that a new church would be sent out from Blue Sky to Raleigh, North Carolina, and that David Bieraugel was to be the lead pastor. After a period of seeking God on the timing, it became clear to the overseers that the new church should be planted in the summer of 2019, and that staff pastor Krsevan Penzar was being called by God to be the new lead pastor of Blue Sky. David and a team of around 50 adults were called from Blue Sky to start Hosea Church.
It is difficult to continue to give away our dear friends and family, but we are excited and honored that God would allow us to be a part of planting new churches–that more people would know the love and saving grace of his son Jesus Christ.
Why are we called Blue Sky?
Before Blue Sky was planted, while visiting Seattle to check out the area in 2004, Steve was sitting at a Starbucks coffee shop in Bellevue. The typical overcast weather was on full display, when suddenly the sun broke through the thick cloud covering. While watching this, Steve had these words come to his mind...
When I awoke from my long dark slumber,
all I could see was Blue Sky.
Finding God can sometimes feel like this. It can often feel like we're covered by a dark cloud as we are going through our lives - we can barely see where we're going, and finding God feels difficult. In these times it can be hard to believe that the sun might ever shine on us again—but then there's a break in the clouds and we can finally see the light come through.
We named the church Blue Sky because this is life with Jesus. We can finally see and breathe and love and live in his light.