Bridgepoint is a church on mission that spurs one another on to look and love like Jesus.
We desire to help people grow in relationship with God, live alongside the body of Christ,
and fulfill their mission and purpose as they share the good news of Jesus. The church was never meant to be solely for Sunday gatherings. The church was called to build up the Kingdom of God, be imitators of Christ, and multiply and equip followers of Jesus.
This is the heartbeat of Bridgepoint.
Our gradual and steady transformation in Jesus Christ happens as our lives imitate His life. Our intimacy with the Father deepens as the Holy Spirit strengthens our inner being. The Bible promises, “Come near to God, and He will come near to you,” (James 4:8). Our Father is seeking intimacy with us, His children. We strive to be in constant commune with the Father through reading Scripture and prayer. This is at the core of who we are. Everything we do is an overflow of the love from the Father. Without close intimacy with Him, everything else will run dry.
We are a disciples-making church. Our desire is that God would use us to raise up generations of radically committed followers of Christ and send them out to the nations. We desire to make devoted followers of Jesus, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them all we have been taught as we go with the power and presence of Jesus (Matthew 28:19-20).
All of the “one-another” encouragements in Scripture describe the awesome reality that every member of the church is to share in the life and responsibilities of each other. The richness of Jesus’ vision of the body of Christ stems from his continual emphasis that every member is valued and is on mission together.The body of Christ was designed to be made of different parts. Young and old, we are one church, loving and serving God in community as we spur each other on towards Jesus.
As Christ-followers, we live by the Holy Spirit’s direction. Before we go or do, we pray and seek His guidance. We are a group that prays alone, together and for each other. We believe the Father will hear us and bless us as He sees fit, knowing that without prayer and dependence on the Holy Spirit, our man-made efforts are futile.
Being a Christian is more than just professing a name. When Jesus said, “take up your cross and follow me,” and “whoever loses their life for me will find it,” He was calling us to surrender ourselves and submit to Him as Lord. When we allow Christ to enter into every aspect of our life, we experience the abundance He promised us.
When we planted here in the Dells our heart and prayer was to see people and communities restored - to be used by the Lord as a bridge to bring people, families, businesses, and churches together. Christ being the ultimate restorer, we desire to see God’s children bridged together and living for His glory.
Bridgepoint exists to be a place of equipping. A place where people can gather, belong in community, learn more about Christ, and live life on mission for Him daily. Christ offers us abundant life, but that doesn’t mean a life idle to consumer church culture and comfort. Jesus commanded each and every one of His followers to make disciples of all nations. Not just those who work in ministry, but you and each and every one of us is the church. Bridgepoint is a home for those yearning to grow deeper in the love of God, be known by Him and community, and walk in the will and purpose God has given each one of us.
See our overseeing organization Evangelical Free Church Association for our doctrinal beliefs and statements of faith.
Jay is the Senior Pastor of Bridgepoint Mission Center and has been serving in ministry since 1994. He is the primary teacher on Sunday mornings. He is passionate about leading people into a relationship with Jesus and growing committed Christians to do the same. He served as church planter of Pine Valley Church in 2005 and helped in the transition of Pine Valley Church to Bridgepoint Mission Center in 2012. Prior to church planting Jay was a youth pastor at Bible EFC in Tomah, Wisconsin.
In their spare time Jay and his wife, Denise, travel internationally to train and disciple Bridgepoint staff and Bella Goose Coffee staff in Thailand and Philippines. They have been blessed to share Jesus in over 30 countries.
Jay and Denise have called Wisconsin Dells home since 2005. They have 2 sons in full time ministry, 2 beautiful daughter in laws, and 6 grandchildren.
Jordan and Ali have been married since 2007. They are blessed with three wonderful kiddos, Jadie, Eiley and Rory. Jordan has been an associate pastor with Bridgepoint since 2013, with a big focus of his time being on oversees coffee projects. Together Jordan and Ali have focused on mentoring and discipling leaders, by using coffee. They started Bella Goose Coffee, along with 2 other couples, with the heart of bringing value to a community and created a space of belonging for each person that comes through the doors.
Their family has traveled back and forth to Asia over the past couple years. They have gotten to be a part of coffee projects and discipleship in Thailand and Philippines.
Zak and Becky are the directors of Youth and Young Adult Ministries, along with leading worship and creative arts at Bridgepoint. They also are on staff with Cru and work through the local church to impact their community for Christ. Prior to joining Cru and Bridgepoint staff, they were public school teachers for over 10 years in the Wausau, WI.
They continue to love working with local students through coaching sports, youth group meetings and more. Zak & Becky also are passionate about connecting with and sharing their lives and the gospel with the international students on the J-1 Cultural Exchange Program who are working all year long in Wisconsin Dells.
In their spare time, they eat and sleep :) and enjoy time with their 4 awesome kids (Isaiah, Zion, Jazlyn and Selah). The family loves being active outdoors, and playing sports and music. Zak & Becky continue to write and perform music in their band, Rhymz Suhreal sharing their story of hope in prisons, parks, shelters and campuses locally, nationally and internationally.
Travis and Chris Houston have called home to Wisconsin Dells and Bridgepoint since 2014. Travis is on the pastoral team while Chris works at the office. Together they lead the hospitality ministry. Their heart is to walk alongside of people in the mountains and valleys of life, loving and caring for them and pointing them to Christ.
The Houstons have three sweet children. In their free time you may find them testing out the riding lawn mowers at the local Home Depot with their boys or snuggling their sweet little girl. They also love working on house projects, being outside, gardening, cooking, and playing with their kiddos.