Roots Church : HISTORY

“Raising Our Own To Serve.”

R O O T S | For a few months leading into 2010, three individuals regularly gathered in prayer and received a vision of shaping a ministry that would start at the most personal level of an individual's relationship with God, but not end there. Roots—crafted around the acronym “Raising Our Own To Serve”—was the name faithfully planted into a small community of young people in Federal Way. The church was built on the pegs of servitude and stewardship: building people up in the maximum capacity that God intended them to be, and sending them into the surrounding community to spread the love of Jesus. Simply put: to be a well of healing and revival for the city.

Roots Church is part of the Foursquare denomination, and spent the first of its seven years meeting in cozy living rooms and coffee shops, and eventually found a home at Grace Church in Federal Way. Even with an amazing sister community who graciously opened up its building and facilities, God’s provision did not stop there. With a passionately God-fearing, people-loving body growing outside its means, Roots found its new home in the heart of White Center. In the summer of 2017, Roots Church merged together with Shorewood Christian Church, a community strong in wisdom and tradition that’s been actively present for 30 plus years.

We are a multi-ethnic, inter-generational Christian ministry based in Seattle. Our origins can be traced back to a handful of people desperate to seek God not only as individuals, but also as a collective. As we continue to pursue the vision God set into motion, the Roots family is fully committed to walking out our faith with those who choose to join us. We want to meet you, in hopes to do life and ministry together.

Roots Church : MISSION

We want to see heaven on earth.

As radical as that may sound, our mission is just that: to proactively seek after the Lord to such an extent that we can catch glimpses of His kingdom here. Now, what does that look like?

It’s about having no fear. Roots Church preaches victory over sin through the sacrifice made on the cross by Christ Jesus. We boast in Him and Him alone, and we spend our days trying to walk out our lives in a manner that appropriately reflects the authority placed in us as sons and daughters of the God.

It’s about looking toward to eternal things. We aim to change popular culture and societal beliefs within the communities in which we take part. Our practices are based on the fundamental truth that our lives here are but a mist; our eyes are set on Christ and what He has in store for us.

It’s about being a well. Walking in an understanding of our identities in Christ, and in knowing our worth, we as a ministry endeavor to be a source of life for the communities that we touch. Member or visitor, friend or foe; we want to see people come to Jesus Christ. Come in and be fed, and subsequently go out and feed.

Roots Church : VISION

"He gave the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds, the apostles, and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ" (Ephesians 4:11-13).

Holding true to our intentions from day one, our vision as a church has always been to form a body that will walk, learn, build, and live together in Christ. This means that we are fully engrossed in the idea of sharing in each other’s times of elation, and equally so, in times tribulation.

We want to see the righteousness of God embodied in His people. We strive to build an environment of worship and adoration for the King. We long to equip, empower, and embolden those who find themselves within our reach, and we yearn to do so in the name of Christ Jesus above all.


If you are new to the church, you may be wondering: what is membership, and why is it important?

Here at Roots, we believe that membership is a powerful expression of commitment to the church body; undergoing the process of membership training represents an active effort to serve, love and edify our brothers and sisters within the church body. We take membership very seriously at Roots, as it ultimately signifies our willingness to submit under the authority of God that has been entrusted to the church.

To become a member of our body, an individual must participate in a series of membership classes in which we will cover our beliefs, mission, history, theological distinction and leadership structure. We want you to know what covenant membership is as well as what's expected of you when you commit to us, as we full-heartedly commit to you.

Membership classes are held twice a year.

About : International Church of Foursquare Gospel (ICFG)

 The "FOUR SQUARES" refers to the four-fold ministry of Jesus Christ: He is the SAVIOR, BAPTIZER with the Holy Spirit, HEALER, and SOON-COMING KING.

The "FOUR SQUARES" refers to the four-fold ministry of Jesus Christ: He is the SAVIOR, BAPTIZER with the Holy Spirit, HEALER, and SOON-COMING KING.

We belong to the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel.  Click here to read more about our denomination and our beliefs. 

"Foursquare" is a Biblical term used of the tabernacle in the Book of Exodus, of the Temple of the Lord in Ezekiel 40:47, and of Heaven, as described in the book of the Revelation. The term "Foursquare Gospel" was given in the inspiration of revival to the denomination's founder, Aimee Semple McPherson, during an evangelistic campaign in Oakland, Calif., in 1922. It represents that which is equally balanced on all sides, established and enduring. Such confidence in the power of the Gospel is also expressed by the verse, Hebrews 13:8, displayed in Foursquare churches proclaiming, "Jesus Christ the Same, Yesterday and Today and Forever."