Bridgepoint is a church on mission. We live in a community that has a thriving local population of about 5,200 (between Wisconsin Dells and Lake Delton). In addition to our local community there are over 4,000 international students coming from over 50 countries who come to work and live, for a period of time, every year.
We value that generations can learn from each other and want to intermix young and old. We show children how to live missional lives and include them in ministry.
As Christ-followers we walk in the Holy Spirit’s direction. Before we go we pray. We seek the Spirit’s guidance. We ask for His blessings on our efforts. We are a group that prays together, alone, over each other, over circumstances, we pray and know that the Father will bless us as He sees fit. We believe that without prayer our efforts are futile.
We are a discipleship organization. Our desire is that God would use us to raise up a generation of radically committed disciples of Christ and send them out to the nations.
“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 by positioning ourselves with centering prayer. This is at the core of what we do. Everything is an overflow of the love from the Father. Without it everything else will run dry. Finding the way that we connect with Him best.
We are blessed with the opportunity to share Christ with people from all over the world, right in our backyard. Bridge point is committed to inviting, training, and empowering people to live out their dreams and passions for Jesus and others.
Our Bridgepoint family has lived this out through Beyond Blessed Food Pantry that feeds the hungry; domestic efforts to rescue and educate on sex trafficking with Domestic Freedom; international efforts in Thailand and Philippines to provide employment opportunities through Bella Goose Coffee Houses for marginalized women; sharing the Good News of Jesus with international students from more than 40 countries; providing housing, transportation, and property for missionaries through Front Porch Ministries; utilizing creative social networking to reach out; and Gathering weekly for children, youth, and adults.
Bridgepoint is part of the Evangelical Free Church Association
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.