Business Spotlight: Green Bean Coffee House and Sanctuary Church

Business Spotlight: Green Bean Coffee House and Sanctuary Church
By nathanb

What do a church and a coffee shop have in common? In the case of the Green Bean and Sanctuary Church, two separate-but-symbiotic entities in the heart of Greenwood, the answer is both history and philosophy.

Sanctuary Church was founded in 2004 by pastor Randy Rowland (who, by the way, is also the PA announcer for the Seahawks). The church held services in Taproot theater, but wanted a way to connect with the community outside of church.

With the help of Lisa Etter Carlson, Pete Armstrong and Hayden Wartes purchased and renovated a space on 85th Street near Greenwood.

In 2009, the original Green Bean was burned down by the arson fires, and the coffee shop moved a couple times, hosted by Sip and Ship and then taking over the old McDonald’s, before landing in its new permanent home at Piper Village.

Sanctuary and the Green Bean have established themselves as places where people from all walks of life can feel welcome, and the folks who lead both entities are all long-time customers or parishioners.

Summer and Mark Mohrlang became involved as members soon after Sanctuary was founded, and are now the current pastors for the church.

Laura Hofman-Watrous is on Sanctuary’s board and has been a member of the church since shortly after it started. James Spaan, the current manager for the Green Bean, has been volunteering for the coffee shop since it started and recently came on as full-time manager.

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