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Welcome to Lake Tapps!

Lake Tapps is a community of people learning to live life in the way and heart of Jesus. Everyone is welcome, and nobody is perfect here.

Our mission is to equip and empower people to know God, grow in faith, and go with purpose.

We do this primarily through practical, biblical, and relatable teaching, committed relationships through community, and practicing spiritual habits and rhythms in everyday life. All of this we believe is guided by the Holy Spirit.

2022 VISON

We are eager to explore everything 2022 holds for our church and families! If we were to use only one word to describe our vision for this year, it would be GROWTH.

God's faithfulness, our hunger for God and resiliency in challenges, and the opportunities we see ahead of us make us poised for growth in so many different ways. We aren't simply talking about growth in attendance. We are envisioning growth in every way imaginable.


2021 was a year of reconnecting and reorganizing. That paved the way for 2022 where we are so excited to see God grow us in our spiritual disciplines, our influence in our community, support for parents, families, and marriages, and in commitments to Jesus!


Hebrews 10:23-24
Let's hold on to the confession of our hope without wavering, because the one who made the promises is reliable. And let us consider each other for the purpose of sparking love and and good deeds.

Different ways we will facilitate growth for individuals, marriages, families, and the church:

- Starting a MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group on Mondays to create a space for support and encouragement

- Parenting Workshops based on the Patient Parenting Program throughout the year.

- Special resources, workshops and services designed to equip and inspire individuals to engage with God and build rhythms and habits that draw us closer to God (Summary of the Bible, Bible reading plans, study resources, prayer guides, etc.)

- Hiring a Family Pastor to provide increased pastoral support for families and ministries and increasing the potential and capacity of the church

- Events to serve and connect with our community (Daddy Daughter Date Night, VBS, Trunk or Treat)

- Summer hangouts in the backyard after service to grow relationships and community (bbq, ice cream, bounce house, yard games)

Our Team

Jared Ellsworth

Lead Pastor and Elder

Leah Olson

Preschool Director

Mary Beth Holmes

Worship Director

Jennie Gilbert

Office Manager

Justin Schielke

Tech Director

Matt Gilbert


Curtis Pritchard


The Church Co

Truths We Believe

In essential beliefs, we have unity.

There is one Body and one Spirit…there is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God and Father of us all… Ephesians 4:4-6

In non-essential beliefs, we have liberty.

Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters… Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls… So then each of us will give an account of himself to God… So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God. Romans 14:1, 4, 12, 22

In all our beliefs, we show charity.

…If I hold in my mind not only all human knowledge but also the very secrets of God, and if I have the faith that can move mountains — but have no love, I amount to nothing at all. 1 Corinthians 13:2 (Ph)



The Creator and Ruler of the Universe. Eternal Father, Son and Holy Spirit in one: Trinity.

Genesis 1:1, 26, 26, 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14

Jesus Christ

The son of God. Virgin-born. Sinless human life. Died on the cross for the sins of all people. Raised to life. Will come again.

Matthew 1:22, 23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5, 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14-15; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Romans 1:3-4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 6:14-15; Titus 2:13

Holy Spirit

Lives in Christians from the moment of Salvation. Convicts, leads, guides. Equips believers for service. Gives spiritual gifts.

2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13, 14:16-17; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13, 5:18; Galatians 5:25


God’s Word written by human authors, supernaturally guided. Source for truth. Truth without any error.

2 Timothy 1:13, 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Psalm 12:6, 119:105, 160; Proverbs 30:5


Made in the image of God to be like Him. All sin, by choice and by nature, which separates humans from God.

Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1-2


Salvation is God’s gift to humans, purchased by the blood of Jesus, given by grace. We must receive it by faith.

Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 1:12, 14:6; Titus 3:5


Salvation is given by God through Jesus Christ. The true believer is secure in that salvation, lived out daily.

Acts 3:19; John 10:28-29; Hebrews 7:25, 10:10, 14; 2 Peter 1:1


People are made for eternity. Eternity with God through forgiveness and salvation is life, Heaven. Eternity apart from God is death, Hell. Heaven and Hell are real and eternal.

John 3:16; John 14:17; Romans 6:23; Romans 8:17-18; Revelation 20:15, 1 Corinthians 2:7-9