On the same stage where his former bands have rocked out for wild crowds, pastor Nick Bogardus will preach the Gospel of Jesus for a different congregation.
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Bogardus, who once oversaw the careers of bands and artists like Thrice, Cold War Kids and Matt Costa, started the OC plant of the Washington-based megachurch in March, and has since seen it grown to about 200 members. The church's worship leader is Thrice's frontman (and Weekly coverboy) Dustin Kensrue.
In a recent blog post, Bogardus wrote about his search for a regular church venue.
A Sunday service location is something Kim and I have been praying for since August of 2010 and something we've been praying for as a church since we started meeting earlier this year. Since April we have tried everywhere we could think of: churches, music venues, community centers, senior centers, colleges, etc. None of them worked out. We even got close on two locations but those eventually fell through.
The Galaxy was literally the last property on our list and the one I've been saying "no" to the whole time. God's sovereignty and humor often go hand in hand. We visited it a few weeks ago and couldn't deny that this is where God was leading us as a church.
While in the music industry, Bogardus had worked with The Galaxy's current owner, John Reiser, who agreed to a shared-space lease with the church. Founding Mars Hill pastor Mark Driscoll is scheduled to speak at the church on Nov. 6.