The prayer stool that became a Church
In 1975 the vision was launched, the foundation was laid, the Seed was planted and that Seed became the Mustard Seed Street Outreach, which in 1980 became the Mustard Seed Street Church. Reverend Gipp Forster looked out from his downtown business and realized that the need was great on the streets of Victoria and he wanted to do something about it. As founder, his original purpose was to bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ to those on the street in a way that they might understand. His desire was to bring the church to the people and not just the people to the church. And from that moment the church arose, beginning in the prayer closet of a pawn shop and growing into a church that now touches over 5000 individual lives a month in the core of our city.
The Mustard Seed Street Church with its humble beginnings has remained so, a gathering place for all. You won’t find wooden pews or an ornately adorned choir (except on special occasions), but you will find a diverse group of people gathering for worship, teaching of the Word of God and prayer around a cup of coffee and our famous day-old pastries. Think community, people from all walks of life, the homeless, the working poor, pensioners and middle-aged volunteers. Think grassroots, people from the street, students, Seed staff and those seeking a place to belong. That’s who we are.