BREMERTON, WA—Expectations and excitement were high, but the launch of Seattle Bible Church’s thirteenth satellite campus was scrubbed at the last minute Friday due to high wind conditions and a possible failure in its starboard booster rocket.
Pastor Tony Greenwood (PhD), who serves as a teaching elder as well as Head Propulsion Engineer at Seattle Bible’s Mission Control Center, made the final decision to pull the plug. “It was a last-minute judgment call on my part. While temperatures and cloud cover were within tolerance, wind speed relative to humidity was hovering around 30 knots, and I wasn’t about to risk the lives of our church planting cohort under questionable parameters. Plus, our projector and fog machine were on the fritz.”
An electrical box on the satellite church plant’s solid rocket booster was said to be unresponsive, but wasn’t expected to cause any issues. The satellite campus’s faulty coffee machine seemed to be more cause for concern among elders and deacons on duty at Mission Control.
Seattle Bible has tentatively rescheduled the launch of the satellite church for next month, pending optimal weather conditions.