What We Believe

The Pursuit exists to glorify Jesus and in doing so, bring people into an encounter with the presence of God.

Russell and Marija Johnson

“Born and raised in Seattle, I have always felt that God has something special for me to do in the Northwest. I never imagined it would look like planting a church.

I spent the first part of my adult-life working in politics, but God had other plans. In the summer of 2014, my wife Marija and I stepped out in faith to start The Pursuit. The name really captures our heart. We’ve made a decision to live intentionally passionate lives, pursuing the presence of God. Our church started in a barn with no indoor plumbing, no heat, and broken windows. But God was up to something. In 2018, we purchased a former department store building and began a full-scale remodel, converting the space into a multi-use church, preschool/childcare facility, and outreach center where we see God do incredible things week after week. We have always valued the power of teamwork and wouldn’t be here today without the sacrifice of so many amazing people. The Pursuit is a place where anyone can belong, everyone can contribute, and anything can happen. Every day I feel fortunate just to be a part of this story.”

Lead Pastor Russell + Marija Johnson