Category: Bellevue Community Church

With pastor gone, church members try to heal rift

A popular Bellevue church that underwent a public upheaval with the ousting of its charismatic pastor met in music-only services this weekend in what regulars said began healing the church’s deep divisions. Still, some at Bellevue Community Church expressed concern that the church may lose members and regular attendees without David Foster as pastor. All who were interviewed, even those who support the elders’ decision to fire Foster for what they say were anger problems and verbal abuse of staff, said his gift for oratory drew people to the church. Rhonda Ethridge, a volunteer who has attended the church for

Pastor’s ouster splits Bellevue megachurch

Co-founder could siphon off flock, start new congregation Bellevue Community Church has a casual, inviting air that attracts 2,500 worshippers a weekend — a so-called megachurch where many come wearing jeans, T-shirts and flip-flops. They sip Starbucks coffee in the food court-style church lobby and listen to a service with rock and popular music accompanying a down-to-earth Christian message of hope. Call it Christianity for the Ipod generation. But behind the scenes of this contemporary, laid-back house of worship a timeless power struggle has been playing out for the past 13 months. It awkwardly burst into public view over the