Our History


The Move to Seattle

After 20 years of being on staff at the same church with Pastor Dick Iverson, Pastors Wendell and Gini moved to Seattle in 1992 with their two children, Wendy (15) and Judah (13).


Youth Pastors 2002-2009

Judah and Chelsea were the youth pastors of The City Church for nearly ten years creating a thriving, influential ministry to young people locally and around the world.


The Transition

By 2009 it became clear that the time was right to make the transition. In September of that year, Judah and Chelsea were set in as the Lead Pastors of The City Church.


Don't Quit!

“Don’t quit! We will have eternity to rest and tell the brilliant stories of faith proved and miracles obtained. Whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s, so hang in there. Keep fighting, keep holding fast to your faith.” 

July 15, 1950 - December 19, 2010
Dr. Wendell Smith


Jesus Is ________

"Our mission is to show you who Jesus is." Pastor Judah Smith

The Jesus Is _____ campaign began in 2010 with the simple goal of starting a conversation about Jesus in Seattle. The idea immediately took on a life of its own. It became the mission and calling of our church: Let’s show the world who Jesus Is.  Today, the phrase encapsulates our approach toward loving on the community around us.


The Launch of LA

Our Los Angeles campus began as a spontaneous Bible study in Beverly Hills in 2011. Judah started making periodic trips to LA and soon the house where the Bible study met was overflowing. The campus officially launched in September 2013. 


Church is Home

As we look toward the future, we feel God clarifying our direction as a church. 

For many years God called us to be a city. Now we believe he is also calling us to be a home.