When Ken Hutcherson first became a Christian in his senior year of high school, it was quite a turnaround not only in his life but the lives of those who knew him. Blacks and whites didn’t get along and Hutch being black and talking about how all people should get along, made the conflicts even more pronounced. When he realized Christ not only died for him but He died for every white person too, it made him question his own prejudices.
That year, he started studying the Bible, determined to start a group that best reflects what God’s priorities and values are. After studying the Bible for five to six hours day, Hutch realized many churches are not based on what Scripture dictates. Many are based on color and many are based on tradition and culture. The Bible doesn’t separate people by color or culture and in Scripture, traditions and denominations don’t matter.
After playing pro ball and ending up in Seattle, Hutch started working with Westminster Chapel in Bellevue under Pastor Wilbur Antisdale, giving him a great opportunity to learn. So when it came time to leave Westminster, Mark Webster, Dwight Englund and Hutch talked about starting a church that reflected what the biblical church should look like – a church for all people.
Antioch started with 15 people in a Bible study and grew to over 80 people in the first year. At that time, they realized God wanted them to start a church, so in October, 1984, Antioch was founded and has since become a national leader in cross-cultural ministry. Antioch's innovative outreach programs are communicating God's message of hope and grace to people in the Pacific Northwest and around the globe.
"Black and White in a Grey World" best describes both Antioch's multi-ethnic perspective and its commitment to biblical truth.
Through "no fee" adoptions, world-wide missions, medical relief, our holistic approach to drug and alcohol recovery, prison outreach and our educational opportunities through the imago Dei institute, Antioch is impacting and infusing the culture with time-honored values and standards.
On October 11, 2009, Antioch Bible Church members and guests packed the house at Overlake Christian Church to celebrate 25 years of ministry. Many photos and videos were posted on facebook in the week following the event, and many were "not ready for the celebration to end."
After battling prostate cancer for more than a decade, Hutch entered heaven on December 18, 2013. One again, Overlake Christian Church was packed as his life was honored and celebrated by hundreds of the people in whose lives had been tremendously impacted through his ministry.
But death cannot thwart God's plan for Antioch. After a time of tremendous grief and uncertainty, the leadership at Antioch is more convinced than ever that God has a wonderful plan for Antioch, and that "He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Jesus Christ."