Our Story

How it all started...

In the Spring of 2014, two streams came together to form a river of “living water." This living water, as described by Jesus to a woman in Samaria (Jn. 4:13-14), has been realized in the lives of many who now call Encounter Church their home.  

 The origin of the first stream finds its roots in the North American Baptist Conference.  In 1972 there were four NAB churches in Northern California.  These four churches took loans against their properties, made pledges, and raised funds to help plant more churches in the region.  In just over forty years, forty more churches have been planted and sprung to life.  Crosspointe Church of Natomas was one of those churches. The origin of the second stream finds its roots in a family that crossed the Mekong River that separated Laos and Thailand in 1980.  This family encountered the one true living God in a refugee camp in Thailand.  Thirty-four years later, they had become a family of faith, forming a predominately Laotian church here in Sacramento, loving, praying, worshipping, and serving as God directed.

In the Fall of 2013, these two churches began to ask a profoundly important question: “Can we do more together than we are currently doing alone?”  The conclusion was a resounding “Yes!”  For the next several months, through both prayer and diligent study of the scriptures, these two groups formed a new church together called Encounter Church.  The name, mission, and vision for this church were birthed from a careful reading of Isaiah 6:1-8.  The words Encounter, Surrender, and Live captured what we came to understand as our new calling and vision for doing ministry together.  In April of 2014, the dreams God was placing in our hearts birthed Encounter Church of Natomas.  

Today, we see God writing new chapters of his divine grace in our midst as people encounter the one true living God, joyfully surrendering their lives to Him, and daily discovering how to live according to His divine purposes in a way that is collectively advancing His kingdom reign here on earth through the lives of his children.  

In these ways, we are realizing what this “living water” is that Jesus talked about in his conversation with the woman in Samaria.
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