soundside church

Soundside Church seeks to engage the communities of Northeast Tacoma and Federal Way with the love of Christ, that they might enjoy new life in Christ. The over 110,000 people that reside in this area seem to be enjoying life, but a deeper look reveals lonely, hurting, and disillusioned people. Rather than seeking God, they desperately seek satisfaction through the many distractions of their affluent culture and the abundant natural beauty of the Northwest. Soundside Church desires to engage the community, serve with excellence, and share the deeply satisfying experience of a life-changing relationship with Jesus Christ.

Soundside’s broader vision is to lead people become disciples of Jesus Christ, and go on to plant further Gospel-centered communities of faith in Tacoma, Seattle, throughout the Northwest, and up and down the Pacific Coast.

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soundside church leadership

Aaron and Nichole Carpenter

Lead Pastor


Aaron and Nichole Carpenter eagerly live for Jesus and love people in the unchurched, pre-Christian city of Tacoma, Washington. Both are active in community arts programs, and are eagerly using their gifts to engage a new culture and build relationships with new neighbors for the sake of the Gospel. Aaron (Missions) and Nichole (Music) each hold a B.A. from Pensacola Christian College. Aaron also holds a M.Div. from Pensacola Theological Seminary and two certificates from the Christian Counseling and Education Foundation. Prior to moving to Tacoma Aaron served for the past nine years as pastor to a church in Alabama. Aaron and Nichole have been married since 2002 and have three wonderful children, William, Alayna, and Wesley.

Jim and Adrienne Barnes

Lead Pastor


Jim and Adrienne Barnes became Christians as children but grew up quite differently. Jim was raised in a southern preacher’s home, while Adrienne grew up in Toledo, raised by divorced parents. Even so, they both experienced God’s love through the local church and hope to share it with their new neighbors. They have served extensively in music ministry and spent the last four years pastoring and administering at a Christian school. Jim (Bible) and Adrienne (Music) each hold a B.A. from Pensacola Christian College; Jim also holds a M.Div. from Pensacola Theological Seminary and a Masters of Theology from Southwestern Theological Seminary. They have been married since 2002 and have four children.