Our Story

The Story of North Point

North Point Church began in 2001 as a branch campus of Central Kitsap Presbyterian Church. Meeting at the North Kitsap High School, its vision was to reach out to unchurched people with a welcoming heart, creative, contemporary worship and a gracious Biblical message.

Founding pastor, Jeff Chandler, led North Point through its first 5 years during which time it established a strong core congregation. When Jeff left to pursue further study, the present pastor, Mike Pickard, was called to lead the congregation in the second chapter of its story.

Because we were committed to reaching out and growing as a congregation, we realized that the school facilities limited our options. So we began immediately to think about building a church on the five acres of property owned by the Seattle Presbytery right across the street from the High School. The Presbytery had purchased the property in 1994, hoping to plant a congregation there. Now, perhaps that vision would be realized.

So the congregation organized as a separate congregation and moved forward with planning for the construction of the present building on Hostmark Street. We were greatly encouraged by the generous response of the congregation to our fundraising and were able to move forward with the initial phases of design and planning, and eventually construction. During the whole period of this project we sensed God’s encouragement and provision.

The third chapter in our story—life in our new building—has just begun. We are blessed with a congregation of faithful, creative, compassionate and generous followers of Jesus who love our community and are eager to see what doors of ministry are opened to us in the years to come.

We believe that we are uniquely gifted and called to appeal to thoughtful spiritual seekers, wounded unchurched believers, and to students and their families of the schools near our property.

We believe that we exist as a congregation for others and not just for ourselves. We believe that our children and youth are special to God and that they will spiritually thrive in an intergenerational ministry. We believe that the North Kitsap community is special and that we are called to support it with our prayers, volunteerism, and the generous sharing of our property.

Above all, we believe that North Point has prospered thus far because God is gracious, and wanted it to happen. We give him the glory and commit ourselves to do the hard work of love and service that embody what Jesus means when he calls us to follow him.

So far, a wide variety of people, representative of the greater Poulsbo community, have helped us write the third chapter of our story by making North Point their home. We invite all the readers of this website to join us in our journey—the journey of following Jesus in the company of friends for sake of others.