About Us

Our History

In the mid 1960’s some people who lived near the newly developed Lake Tapps and some people from the Dieringer Bible Church saw a great need to have a church up at Lake Tapps. In June 1967 after much planning, the Fire Hall was rented for $10 per Sunday and Sunday School and Worship Services were begun. Visiting Pastors and Missionaries preached each Sunday.
Judy Naef had attended a Village Missions church before moving here from Montana. She met with the Board of the new church and Rev. Robert Rayburn of Village Missions. Lyle & Clara Birkey who were serving on a VM field in Garden Valley, CA were asked to come and pastor the church. The Church met in the Fire hall for 3 years and then moved to the newly built elementary school in 1970.

In 1972 construction began on the church on Tacoma Point with $5,000. Our policy was “No borrowing, No Sunday labor, and use volunteer labor.” The church was dedicated debt-free in 1973.

In August 1986 the Forest Canyon Road property was purchased from the Olympia Presbytery who had planned to build a church, but changed their mind.

In June 1991 work began to clear the site for building. September 1991 saw the sale of the old church building and parsonage to Truth Tabernacle.

In December 1991 the new parsonage was begun and the Birkey’s moved in on June 6, 1992.

In September 1992, ground breaking began on construction of phase l of the new church facility. In February, footings were poured, and in April framing began.

We moved into Phase 1 in June, 1994. We began working on Phase 2, which was the Multi-purpose room and 5 classrooms.

In January, 1997 our new Pastor and family, Tim & Sue Heath and their four children came to LTCC from a Village Missions field in Boardman, OR.

In April 1997 Lyle and Clara Birkey retired after serving over 29 years at LTCC.

We praise the Lord for the way he has blessed the church through the years. Our purpose continues to be “…to honor God by introducing people to Jesus Christ, helping them grow in the faith and equipping them to reach others.”

Lake Tapps Community Church