Launch: The Well Northwest in Sumner, WA

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Shortly after coming to faith in Christ, I realized that growing spiritually was difficult, but growing spiritually while living in a fraternity was nearly impossible. I was in a dark place and far too weak to fight the onslaught of temptations. Knowing this, Brandon Bakke, the prolific three-point shooter from our basketball team, asked me to move in with him and his three roommates, all God-fearing athletes committed to growing in their faith.

What did men of God really look like? I had read about biblical concepts but had never seen them lived out. My roommates, modeling patience and grace, helped me learn to live accountably and showed me what real friendship looked like.

They showed me I could have fun and be sober. They showed me what it meant to spend time with God, how to read my Bible and pray, how to go to church and share my faith, and how to thank God for victory and seek Him with tears when I stumbled.

One day I was reading my Bible in my room. Blown away by what I was reading, I threw open my door and shouted, “This Bible is (expletive) great!” Brandon laughed at my youthful zeal and awkwardly agreed.

His inclusive community helped me grow tremendously. I later went on to do his wedding and became a godfather to his children. And now he will help launch The Well Pacific Northwest this summer.

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Brandon (back row in the Sumner t-shirt) and his wife Sheri (front row: third from the right) are living in Sumner, Washington with their children, Emma (front row: second from the right) and Britton (back row: second from the left). Their first Life Group is pictured here.

Brad Bell

Brad Bell

Founding pastor of The Well Community Church, international speaker, and author of Walking With A Limp.

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