Monday, June 13, 2016

Market Watch's Quentin Fottrell piece says Seattle is an atheist capital of America, which makes it more interesting how it was home to Mars Hill for two decades

This is a couple of months old and the information's a bit old.

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/this-is-the-most-godless-city-in-america-2015-03-24?link=MW_home_latest_news

If you don’t believe in God, you might want to move to the Pacific Northwest.

Portland, Ore., San Francisco, Calif. and Seattle, Wash. are tied on a 2015 list of metropolitan areas with the most religiously unaffiliated residents (37%), according to the nonpartisan and nonprofit Public Religion Research Institute’s American Values Atlas, a survey of 50,000 people. Seattle and San Francisco have more religiously unaffiliated people than the previous year (33%), while Portland has less religiously unaffiliated residents than 2014 (42%). Las Vegas and Denver were next on the list with 29%.

And yet let's consider the history of Mars Hill as demonstrated by corporation listings from the Secretary of State of Washington.

https://www.sos.wa.gov/corps/search_detail.aspx?ubi=601677819
MARS HILL CHURCH
UBI Number 601677819
Category REG
Profit/Nonprofit Nonprofit
Active/Inactive Inactive
State Of Incorporation WA
WA Filing Date 12/22/1995
Expiration Date 12/31/2016
Inactive Date 03/24/2016
Duration Perpetual


Agent Name Joshau Bowen
Address 1416 NW 46th ST #106


City SEATTLE
State WA
ZIP 98107 

President
Dodd, Kerry 1416 NW 46th St Suite 105
SEATTLE, WA 98107

Secretary
Walters, Caleb
1411 NW 50TH ST
SEATTLE, WA 98107


There's a possibility that "Joshau Bowen" was Joshua Bowen, former Enterprise Risks and Contracts Manager at Mars Hill Church.  If Seattle is an atheist capital of the United States then it might be all the more reason to figure out how and why Mars Hill had a twenty year corporate presence within the city.   What's more, as you'll see in a bit, the Mars Hill Foundation for Planting Churches still exists, technically.

https://www.sos.wa.gov/corps/search_detail.aspx?ubi=603349072
MARS HILL FOUNDATION FOR PLANTING CHURCHES
UBI Number 603349072
Category REG
Profit/Nonprofit Nonprofit
Active/Inactive Active
State Of Incorporation WA
WA Filing Date 10/30/2013
Expiration Date 10/31/2016
Inactive Date 
Duration Perpetual
Agent Name CT CORPORATION SYSTEM 
Address 505 UNION AVE SE STE 120

City OLYMPIA 
State WA
ZIP 98501 
President
DRISCOLL, MARK
1411 NW 50TH ST
SEATTLE, WA 98107
Secretary
BRUSKAS, DAVID
1411 NW 50TH ST
SEATTLE, WA 98107

Not only does it still exist, Driscoll and Bruskas are still currently listed as its officers.

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