East Park

East Park Church began as a community of believers that formed within small groups and gatherings with a desire to reach the community in East Vancouver. The church was planted in the building it currently resides, located in East Vancouver, in 1997 by Randy and Kendra Shaw.

In the Spring of 2002, Randy and Kendra left East Park to plant Mosaic Church in Portland. Micah Dodson was the Interim Lead Pastor for East Park until 2003 when Dave Williams came onboard.

Micah and Kristen Dodson left East Park in 2004 to Plant Compass Church in Downtown Vancouver. Dave Williams left East Park in 2013 as he felt God calling him to be a mediator. Jason Baker, our Associate Pastor at that time, was the Interim Lead Pastor through 2014.

Dave and Kim Lawson, originally from New Zealand, came to East Park after 7 years of leading Valley Church in Renton. Their ministry at East Park started in July of 2014.


East Park Church is a part of the Christian & Missionary Alliance denomination, a Christ-centered global movement. Founded in 1884 by A.B. Simpson, a Presbyterian pastor who met with the broken and powerless, so they could receive the reconciliation message that all people are eligible for Christ's amazing grace. Simpson believed that Christ was not only his Savior, but also his Sanctifier, Healer, and Coming King through dramatic spiritual encounters that changed the direction of his life. Formed as a missionary society and not a denomination, early Alliance congregations were known as "branches" and were made up of members from most major denominations. Find out more about those early years where the movement began here. To find out more about the Christian & Missionary Alliance, tap on the Alliance graphic.