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Our hearts are full with thankfulness to God, to Main Street Community Church, and for everyone who calls Kessid their church family.


Our Kessid Downtown Story…

Being a set-up/tear down church that rents a school has presented some challenges. One such challenge is not being able to hold baptism services (large bodies of water are frowned upon in college auditoriums.) During the winter of 2016, we were looking for a place to hold a baptism. Someone mentioned that they knew a church with a baptismal that would be willing to host us for our baptism, which happened to be Main Street Community Church. Little did we know, Main Street was in the process of getting ready to give their building to a younger congregation in town.

Following our service, Pastor Danny was approached by a Main Street elder and asked if we would be interested in having a discussion about inheriting the building. Of course he answered, “Yes, we would love to talk more about that!”

After more prayer, meetings and promptings of the Holy Spirit the Main Street Church family unanimously voted “yes” to merge and give the building to us, and the Kessid congregation accepted!


After 7 years of arranging rentals, setting up and tearing down every single Sunday, we were happy to announce God blessed our church family with a permanent home in the heart of downtown Vancouver!


Soon after we put together dates for tours so our congregation could come see the facility. Our staff and elders led these tours, and we had over 500 people come through (and we ate A LOT of pizza). It was amazing to walk through realizing that this would be our future home!

We then merged both churches together with a series called “Chalice” using the original church chalice from it’s founding in 1887. We felt using the chalice was an awesome way to bind both congregations together as we continued to honor and further the legacy started so long ago spreading the Good News of Jesus throughout Vancouver!

At this time, Kessid holds Sunday Services at 9 & 11am services in the Gaiser Student Center at Clark College until our new church home is updated to accommodate the size of our congregation.

We at Kessid will always be incredibly grateful for the sacrifice and generosity of the Main Street Congregation entrusting us with this amazing blessing!

Brief Building History

Main Street Community Church was founded as First Baptist Church in 1887, two years before Washington became a state! The church began with 13 charter members in a single story building on the property at 108 W. 27th St. in Vancouver. Over the years, First Baptist grew into a two story church building and in 1955 expanded into the building it is today.

Building Future

After extensive research and working with our architects and contractors, we were pleased to present to our Kessid congregation on June 25, 2017 what we hope to do with Kessid Downtown! Below are the sketches of the proposed plans for our remodel.

Project Management

We are thrilled to have Pastor Tom Lovelace, our Executive Pastor at Kessid, as our Project Manager!

Pastor Tom has extensive ministry experience with many years of pastor and eldership roles in leadership, finance and staff development. He is currently serving as Executive Pastor here at Kessid. His duties include overseeing the staff, church finances, and elder board.

In conjunction with serving in ministry, he also has 35 years of business experience. He currently owns and operates a very successful national business franchise, being the largest franchisee in the system, which includes 82 locations across the United States. He also sits on the advisory board for the brand.

Pastor Tom has been married to his wife, Lisa, for 35 years. He has two children and four grandsons. His passion is to serve, using the gifts God has given him in leadership, management, and finance. He upholds the values of accountability, transparency and stewardship of God’s resources.

His role as Project Manager for our Kessid Downtown Project is to direct and steward the finances, lead the team helping execute our remodel, and be the point person for the duration of the project.

If you have any questions regarding our project please contact Pastor Tom at toml@kessidchurch.com or 360-597-4015.

Tom Lovelace

toml@kessidchurch.com 360-597-4015

Be sure to check below for current updates and information on our Kessid Downtown Project.

UPDATE 4/21/18


  • We are excited to share, after many hours of meeting and planning, that we submitted our plans for permits to the city on Thursday, April 19th! The next step is that the City reviews the plans and lets us know if they require any changes. We will sure to update everyone when we know more!
  • Thank you to everyone who has continued to give faithfully! In just the first three months of the year we are $2,000 over in our Building Fund!

Process Update

  • We are planning to start demo on various parts of the building very soon, now that we have submitted for permits.

Prayer Requests

  • Please be praying for God’s favor with the City, and also that our permits would come quickly.ding very soon, now that we have submitted for permits.

UPDATE 12/10/17


  • A family in the church has generously offered to match dollar for dollar, all new donations given to our Downtown Project up to $20,000 from this Sunday through the end of the year! If you haven’t donated financially, but are considering it, now would be a great time as it will be matched (up to $20,000)!

Process Update

  • Our Architect plans to submit drawings to the city before Christmas, and that will start the clock for building permits.  This puts us only about 3 weeks behind our original proposed schedule.
  • Downtown Project giving has slowed down lately. Our deadline for giving for raising the initial amount of  is coming up soon so please prayerfully consider what God would have you do!

Prayer Requests

  • Please be praying for strong December giving, and that people who made commitments will follow through.
  • You can also be praying that our Architect will meet the goal of presenting our drawings to the city, and that the needed permits will be expedited so that we can get started.
  • Also for our Elders, Pastors, Staff and the Downtown Project Advisory Committee for wisdom through this process.

UPDATE 11/9/17

Process Update

  • Our office move is complete! All the staff is back together again in our new building. Thank you to our Office Manager, Monty Wade, who helped coordinate this endeavor, and thank you to all the volunteers who helped pack, load, and unload all our gear and furniture! This was no small feat and we couldn’t have done it without you. We also want to thank our volunteers who helped get our internet up and running throughout the building (which we really couldn’t have done without you)!
  • The Downtown Advisory Committee has currently met two times and will continue to meet on a regular basis. Their purpose is to provide recommendations, be an extra set of eyes, and act as a sounding board for the elders about the project. As we talked about last update, the head of our Advisory Committee is one of our Kessid Elders, Dean Jenks. If you have any questions about the progress of the building project you can email Dean at info@kessidchurch.com.
  • We had a meeting with the architects this week that went well. We are still working on getting the building plans up to 100%.

Prayer Requests

Like the last update, please be praying for the following:

  • Favor with our lenders in our financing process!
  • Currently, we do not have sprinklers in our building, but we may need to put them in during our remodel. This cost could exceed $100,000. We ask that you please pray for God’s will and provision in this area.
  • Favor with the City of Vancouver as we prepare to submit plans for permitting.

New to pray for:

  • Please be praying for our architect and contractor; that God would give them wisdom and guidance for this process to go as smooth and quickly as possible.



UPDATE 10/8/17

Process Update

  • Pastor Tom and Pastor Danny met with the architects this week, and we can report that the building plans are 60% complete. The next meeting will take place at the end of this month.
  • We have formed an Advisory Board to assist Pastor Tom in this process. One of our elders, Dean Jenks, is Chair of the Board. Dean has a college degree and extensive experience in Construction Management.
  • Our entire staff is moving to our Downtown location! We will be closing the Ministry Center as of Friday, October 13th.  Business hours will continue to be the same: Tues-Fri. 9am-5pm. Our phone number will also remain the same at 360-597-4015.

Prayer Requests

  • Please be praying for favor with our lenders in our financing process!
  • Currently, we do not have sprinklers in our building, but we may need to put them in during our remodel. This cost could exceed $100,000. We ask that you please pray for God’s will and provision in this area.
  • We also ask for prayers for favor with the City of Vancouver as we prepare to submit plans for permitting.

UPDATE 9/1/17

We are blessed and excited to share that after all the commitment cards were sorted and gifts were counted that our church family raised $117,046 in one time gifts, and $10,000 in monthly commitments! Because of the outpouring of your generosity we are well on our way to achieving our goal of $250,000 by the end of the year. We are still collecting commitment cards in the offerings on Sundays, or if you would like to make a donation you can do so at the bottom of this page!

Update 8-13-17

Kessid Family MeetingPastor Danny, Pastor Tom and the elders discuss new dates and financial information.

Building FAQ's

The building is located at 111 W 28th St. Vancouver, WA 98660.

The building is made up of 3 stories and is 30,300 sq ft.

No. There are several updates needed to host a congregation of our size. We will keep holding services at Clark College at 9 & 11am until these are completed.

The building is debt free! It was a complete and total gift to Kessid.

There are several ways you can help!

• Prayer. Please be covering this process in prayer! Any endeavor we take on we desire God’s will and wisdom.

• Cleaning. You can participate in clean up days! We will soon be posting all church clean-up dates. Please be checking your bulletin and church app for these!

• Remodel. If you are a skilled worker (construction, cleaning, painting etc.) and would like to donate your time/resources please contact Pastor Tom Lovelace at toml@kessidchurch.com or 360-597-4015.

• Financially. All the updates and maintenance will need funding. If you feel God calling you to give to this project you can give at the kiosk in the back of the auditorium on Sunday, visit our Giving page online, text-to-give on your church app, or you can mail a check to Kessid Church 7200 NE 41st St. Suite 203 Vancouver, WA 98662.

How You Can Help

We are asking our Kessid family to prayerfully consider a role in our Downtown Building Project! Below are several ways you can help.

  • Financially
  • Gift of an Asset
  • Volunteer Labor
  • Prayer

Let us know where you’d like to help by filling out the form. If you’d like to give a one time gift, you can click the “Give Now” button below. We hope everyone will continue to be in prayer with us as we move forward with this amazing endeavor!