Pastor Marty and Julie Strait


You never know when God will challenge you to arise. Nine years ago, Julie and I received
a clear mandate from God – ‘make a place for me to dwell with my people’ (Ex. 25:8). That mandate led to the vision and creation of a church where all are valued, purpose is pursued, grace is experienced, and God’s Kingdom is always first, Pathway Church.

Since that time, over 1,000 people have become part of Pathway’s mission to help people believe in Jesus, belong to a family, become a disciple, and build God’s Kingdom. Now, God is once again calling us to rise up and enter a new season – “ARISE: Many Lives. One Movement.”

So what does it mean to ARISE? It is the challenge to truly seek out God’s Kingdom, to live out our calling, and to invest in those who still have not been reached. The Kingdom is built when we ARISE from our own brokenness into wholeness, choosing to follow God’s purpose rather than our own plans, and move from the mundane to belief in the miraculous.

Today, I ask you to join all of us at Pathway in this incredible journey. Let us leave behind the “status quo,” and even the “American Dream,” and together pursue and invest in a people and a Kingdom that will last forever. Join the movement of those who believe the church is the hope of the world and that Pathway is called to impact our community and the world.

The vision God has for us is massive. It will take many people over the next 24 months to create and lead this movement. We must rise above the norm, live for Eternity, and reach the thousands of people God has called us to. Could there be a more worthy investment of time or resources?

The days, weeks, and months ahead will be critical and exciting. I can’t wait to see what God does in you, and I can’t wait to see what God does through us as together we ARISE. Thank you for being the kind of people who believe more, want more, and will, by faith, do more to see God’s Kingdom expanded through Pathway. I’m ready, are you?

It is time to ARISE!

Marty Strait