In January of 1963 a group of people in search of Christian community and a place to worship came together under the leadership of the Rev. Floyd Cronkite to establish what would become Emmanuel Presbyterian Church. In the fifty years since this beginning we have sought to embody God’s call to be a place of Hope, Refuge and Service. As a people held together by the One who is our Hope, Jesus Christ, we seek to reflect that hope in our world. Gratitude for his love for the world empowers our service in the world, and the refuge he offers us inspires desire to show hospitality to others.
Our mission here in Bothell is one of faithful presence. We seek to be Christ disciples in the ordinary, everyday realities of our lives. Whether at home, at work, at play or at worship, God’s call on our lives is attentiveness to the signs of God’s presence and readiness to participate in the work that God is doing in our world. Our call is to obey Jesus’ Great Commandment to love God with our whole being and to love our neighbors as ourselves.
Dave Rohrer, Pastor
Dave grew up in Southern California where he graduated from UCLA in 1979 and Fuller Theological Seminary in 1982. He and his wife, Mary Ann, were married in 1986 and they have two adult children Justin and Laura. Dave was ordained as a minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA) in 1982 and has served four congregations in California and Washington since ordination. In 1994 the Rohrer family moved from Southern California to Seattle when Dave was called to be Pastor of Adult Ministries at University Presbyterian. In January 2013 Dave was installed as pastor of Emmanuel Presbyterian in Bothell. In addition to his role as pastor of Emmanuel, Dave also serves with the PC (USA) as a Program Mentor in the Company of New Pastors. In February of 2012 InterVarsity Press released his first book The Sacred Wilderness of Pastoral Ministry:Preparing a People for the Presence of the Lord.
Heidi Greider, Director of Christian Education
Heidi is a native Seattleite with a degree in Christian Education from Seattle Pacific University. In 1987 she transplanted to Pasadena, CA to get both her M.Div. and Mrs. (when she met and married her fellow student and lifelong ministry partner, Hallack Greider). Heidi and Hallack have 3 children: Hannah, Bekah, Ben and have served in 14 congregations both as a team and separately. Following graduation from Fuller, they moved to Anchorage, AK and in 1997 moved back to the Seattle area to raise their children close to their families. Heidi has more than 30 years serving families in churches and has recently added chaplain to her list of abilities. Chaplaincy became a goal after caring for her parents the last couple years of their lives. Heidi sees caring for our children and elderly as complimentary ministries to the (oftentimes) vulnerable members of our culture.
Sharon Concha, Director of the Bothell Community Preschool
Christina Po, Accompanist
What We Believe
One of the oldest and most reliable descriptions of the essentials of the Christian faith can be found in the Apostle’s Creed. This creed is perhaps the most succinct way to describe the core of our beliefs at Emmanuel.
We believe in God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth.
We believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended into hell. The third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended in to heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty. From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
Beyond these lines a good way to talk about what fuels our life of faith in Christ is to speak of the interplay between grace and gratitude. In his mercy God graciously pursues us in Jesus Christ to reconcile us to relationship with himself and we live in grateful response to this gift. God loves us and we seek to reflect that love in the world.
Presbyterian Church (USA)
Emmanuel Presbyterian is a part of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and a member of the Northwest Coast Presbytery. Information about our national and local denominational agencies can be found at the following links: