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Historic Everett Theatre now home to new church

Nondenominational Destiny Life Church holds Sunday services there

  • McLainee McLane of Everett sings during the worship time of Destiny Life Church's Sunday morning service at Historic Everett Theatre on March 4.

    Sarah Weiser / The Herald

    McLainee McLane of Everett sings during the worship time of Destiny Life Church's Sunday morning service at Historic Everett Theatre on March 4.

  • Pastor Charles Denton leads Destiny Life Church's Sunday morning service at Historic Everett Theatre on March 4.

    Sarah Weiser / The Herald

    Pastor Charles Denton leads Destiny Life Church's Sunday morning service at Historic Everett Theatre on March 4.

  • Pastor Charles Denton leads Destiny Life Church's Sunday morning service at Historic Everett Theatre on March 4.

    Sarah Weiser / The Herald

    Pastor Charles Denton leads Destiny Life Church's Sunday morning service at Historic Everett Theatre on March 4.

  • Angela Denton of Everett takes part in worship during Destiny Life Church's Sunday morning service at Historic Everett Theatre on March 4. Denton is t...

    Sarah Weiser / The Herald

    Angela Denton of Everett takes part in worship during Destiny Life Church's Sunday morning service at Historic Everett Theatre on March 4. Denton is the pastor at Destiny Life Church with her husband, Charles Denton.

  • Sandy Trice of Snohomish takes part in the worship time of Destiny Life Church's Sunday morning service at Historic Everett Theatre on March 4.

    Sarah Weiser / The Herald

    Sandy Trice of Snohomish takes part in the worship time of Destiny Life Church's Sunday morning service at Historic Everett Theatre on March 4.

  • Pastor Angela Denton prays for a congregation member following the Sunday morning service of Destiny Life Church at Historic Everett Theatre.

    Sarah Weiser / The Herald

    Pastor Angela Denton prays for a congregation member following the Sunday morning service of Destiny Life Church at Historic Everett Theatre.

  • Allen Thornhill of Everett kneels in prayer during worship at Destiny Life Church's Sunday morning service at Historic Everett Theater on March 4.

    Sarah Weiser / The Herald

    Allen Thornhill of Everett kneels in prayer during worship at Destiny Life Church's Sunday morning service at Historic Everett Theater on March 4.

  • Pastor Charles Denton prays for a congregation member following the Sunday morning service of Destiny Life Church at the Historic Everett Theater.

    Sarah Weiser / The Herald

    Pastor Charles Denton prays for a congregation member following the Sunday morning service of Destiny Life Church at the Historic Everett Theater.

  • Pastor Charles Denton leads the Sunday morning service of Destiny Life Church at Historic Everett Theatre.

    Sarah Weiser / The Herald

    Pastor Charles Denton leads the Sunday morning service of Destiny Life Church at Historic Everett Theatre.

  • Pastor Charles Denton leads the Sunday morning service of Destiny Life Church at Historic Everett Theatre.

    Sarah Weiser / The Herald

    Pastor Charles Denton leads the Sunday morning service of Destiny Life Church at Historic Everett Theatre.

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  • McLainee McLane of Everett sings during the worship time of Destiny Life Church's Sunday morning service at Historic Everett Theatre on March 4.

    Sarah Weiser / The Herald

    McLainee McLane of Everett sings during the worship time of Destiny Life Church's Sunday morning service at Historic Everett Theatre on March 4.

  • Pastor Charles Denton leads Destiny Life Church's Sunday morning service at Historic Everett Theatre on March 4.

    Sarah Weiser / The Herald

    Pastor Charles Denton leads Destiny Life Church's Sunday morning service at Historic Everett Theatre on March 4.

  • Pastor Charles Denton leads Destiny Life Church's Sunday morning service at Historic Everett Theatre on March 4.

    Sarah Weiser / The Herald

    Pastor Charles Denton leads Destiny Life Church's Sunday morning service at Historic Everett Theatre on March 4.

  • Angela Denton of Everett takes part in worship during Destiny Life Church's Sunday morning service at Historic Everett Theatre on March 4. Denton is t...

    Sarah Weiser / The Herald

    Angela Denton of Everett takes part in worship during Destiny Life Church's Sunday morning service at Historic Everett Theatre on March 4. Denton is the pastor at Destiny Life Church with her husband, Charles Denton.

  • Sandy Trice of Snohomish takes part in the worship time of Destiny Life Church's Sunday morning service at Historic Everett Theatre on March 4.

    Sarah Weiser / The Herald

    Sandy Trice of Snohomish takes part in the worship time of Destiny Life Church's Sunday morning service at Historic Everett Theatre on March 4.

  • Pastor Angela Denton prays for a congregation member following the Sunday morning service of Destiny Life Church at Historic Everett Theatre.

    Sarah Weiser / The Herald

    Pastor Angela Denton prays for a congregation member following the Sunday morning service of Destiny Life Church at Historic Everett Theatre.

  • Allen Thornhill of Everett kneels in prayer during worship at Destiny Life Church's Sunday morning service at Historic Everett Theater on March 4.

    Sarah Weiser / The Herald

    Allen Thornhill of Everett kneels in prayer during worship at Destiny Life Church's Sunday morning service at Historic Everett Theater on March 4.

  • Pastor Charles Denton prays for a congregation member following the Sunday morning service of Destiny Life Church at the Historic Everett Theater.

    Sarah Weiser / The Herald

    Pastor Charles Denton prays for a congregation member following the Sunday morning service of Destiny Life Church at the Historic Everett Theater.

  • Pastor Charles Denton leads the Sunday morning service of Destiny Life Church at Historic Everett Theatre.

    Sarah Weiser / The Herald

    Pastor Charles Denton leads the Sunday morning service of Destiny Life Church at Historic Everett Theatre.

  • Pastor Charles Denton leads the Sunday morning service of Destiny Life Church at Historic Everett Theatre.

    Sarah Weiser / The Herald

    Pastor Charles Denton leads the Sunday morning service of Destiny Life Church at Historic Everett Theatre.

The Historic Everett Theatre, known as a venue for movies, plays and community events, has taken on a new role as the home of ">Destiny Life Church.
The nondenominational church is led by Charles and Angela Denton of Everett, who say it wasn't by accident that they chose the theater as the home of their Sunday morning services.
The theater, originally built in 1901, is thought to be the oldest operating theater in Washington.
"Of course we love the fact that it's historical," Angela Denton said.
Her husband said that he liked having a church in a non-traditional setting, without the customary stained glass, steeples and bells.
"We try to be more contemporary, down to earth and real," Charles Denton said.
He said he hopes the church will be known for its contributions to the community.
As one example, he said he hopes to have a service this year to honor police and firefighters.
He said he would like to tell them: "When people are running out of buildings, you're running in. We thank you. We appreciate you."
The couple have been married for seven years. Before beginning the church at Historic Everett Theatre, they were associated with the Christian Faith Center, which has a church in Mill Creek.
Charles Denton said he and his wife felt a calling to start the church in June 2010.
Denton said he knew the challenges in starting a new church.
Denton, now an American citizen, was born in Australia. Before coming to the United States, he said he started a church in New Zealand.
"It's quite a lot of work," he said. "It's like starting a business."
In addition, the church opened during a time when many established churches were struggling because of the recession.
Holding services in the theater allows the church to keep costs down, Charles Denton said. The theater already had a sound system, lighting, seating "and everything we need," he said.
Both he and his wife essentially volunteer to lead the church as co-pastors. They make ends meet through his wife's part-time interior design business and his job as a driver for Starline Luxury Coaches, which provides for-hire bus and minivan transportation.
About 100 people attend services on Sunday. The church is continuing to grow, he said.
"If we can make it during the tough times, then when the times get good, we'll be fine," he said.
The most pressing need, he said, is for space to expand its children's ministry.
Charles Denton said he hopes that when people visit the church they find a welcoming environment.
"With a lot of big churches, the approach has been: How can you help us do what we want to do?" he said.
"We're turning that around. When come in the door, we're going to say, 'How can we help you?' Whatever you believe God wants you to do, we want to help you do it."
Sharon Salyer: 425-339-3486; salyer@heraldnet.com.








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