Our Story

Our History

Lake Church launched in January 1997 as a church plant from Hope Church, a Foursquare church in neighboring Snohomish, WA. A team of eight families began meeting in the Lake Stevens Middle School's cafeteria. While the church family grew, we continued to meet in that cafeteria for 13 years. In 2010 God opened up our current location, just a few blocks north! In 2012,  Dan Laurenzo became our Lead Pastor and immediately began assembling a multi-gifted Pastoral Team.

We are a multi-generational combination of old faces, new faces and everything in between. We're joined together by love for Jesus Christ, for our community and for each other.

Our Team

These are the people who serve as part of a community of pastors and leaders at Lake Church.  If you have a passion for serving Christ and His church, contact Pastor Dan dan@thelakechurch.org.


  • Dan Laurenzo: Lead Pastor / Aloha Shirt Collector

    In his role as Lead Pastor, Dan Laurenzo sets the vision and strategic direction for the staff and Lake Church as a whole. After growing up in a loud Italian family in Upstate New York, he entered a job after college as a management trainee with a retail company Liberty House- Hawaii. Following ministry gigs with youth and single adults in Kailua HI, he begrudgingly returned to the mainland to attend graduate school in Dallas.

    Moments after he was handed his Masters of Theology degree, he boarded the first available flight headed back to Hawaii. He served as a youth pastor, associate pastor and lead pastor on Oahu and "The Big Island" for 16 years before heading to the Pacific Northwest in 1997 to plant a church with his family in the Bridle Trails area of Kirkland.

    Since arriving in Washington, Dan has served in multiple capacities at churches of all sizes (including New Life Foursquare and Lake Sammamish Foursquare) and consulted in ministries throughout the region. He has three adult kids and spends his free time running up and down Centennial Trail or paddling his kayak all over the Puget Sound. A card-carrying member of the 12th Man, Dan attributes the fruitfulness of his prayer life to rooting for the Mariners throughout the Bavasi years.

    If you want to see fire in his eyes, start a conversation about living your vocation and call in our community.

  • Christy Laurenzo: College Ministry Director / 

    Teacher's Pet

    Christy has a lifelong passion for learning and teaching. As the leader of our church’s Kids’ Ministry, she has the privilege of doing both on a regular basis. She also has a built-in excuse to play on the floor with kids, which is pretty much the coolest job perk ever.  

    After being born in Santa Monica, CA, Christy grew up in Salem, OR with her parents and sisters. After high school, she attended Pacific Lutheran University. While she was there, she earned majors in English and Education along with minors in Spanish and French. She then spent 10 years as a foreign student advisor at her alma mater and Seattle Pacific University. She then went back to school and received her Master of Arts in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary. She has taught at Eugene Bible College and is now an adjunct professor at Northwest University.


    Between being a student and being a teacher, Christy landed her dream job at the University of Washington, working in the Department of Global Health for five years with research physicians seeking to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS. She coordinated international conferences for research groups and had the honor of travelling to South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Amsterdam and Paris. During her time at UW, her group did research on an antiretroviral drug which as a result is now FDA-approved and is being used to help stop the spread of AIDS across the globe. Christy has always been a world traveler with a heart for foreign missions, having served in Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Haiti, Japan, Peru, and the Philippines. 

    Christy married Dan in 2013, and was immediately indoctrinated into his fabulous Italian family that regularly overwhelms her by talking all at the same time. When she’s not teaching or working at the church she loves to read, run, hike, dabble at watercolor painting, visit family and friends, and buy statement earrings. 

  • Rich Hanson: Worship Director/ Artist Advocate

    Rich Hanson brings passion and skill to Lake Church worship ministry. His motor is constantly running, envisioning new and classic ways to invite us into the presence of Jesus. 

    Born in the Bay Area, CA. Rich credits his dad's strumming on Spanish classical guitar with awakening his early music mojo, and his family's good taste in moving away from that shadowy 49ers land as fast as their little legs could carry them.

    A 23 year marriage veteran, he is convinced his Kingdom-called wife Lisa and beautiful daughters, ages 19 and 15, that keep him tethered to wisdom and sanity. We agree. Confirmed "foodies", you can find him and the girls at home watching science fiction films, and feasting on food we commoners only dream of cooking.

    Rich brings a University of Washington music degree and decades of musical performance, and worship leading experience to the Lake team. He has played guitar and sung with a who's who list of Pacific Northwest artists; and formed his own band "Search No More" who do community stage and worship gigs throughout the state.

    You know you've strayed into a passion area with Rich when you hear him say "I'm not kidding. I've got goose bumps on my arm right now...just talking about it." Look out for the impending creative explosion.