These have always been Tad Ernst's stomping grounds. He grew up right around the corner from or went to school at practically every location that has held significance for Discovery in the years past and present. His story of growing up, moving regularly, and meeting Savannah (his wife of ten years and counting) has involved a planting and a grounding in the community that used to find him causing some major trouble as a youth. To know Tad is to know what it means to invite and include. Everyone he meets is just moments away from hearing a bit of his story and/or getting an invite to church. His house is home to not only his core family of four, but also to four dogs, three cats, and numerous geckos (I'm sure there is a specific number, I just had no interest in spending any time with the lizards to confirm ranks.) Neighbors, neighborhood kids, and people simply passing through see the Ernst home as a safe harbor. That's exactly how he hopes people view it. Tacoma is his mission field. But INTERNATIONAL missions? Now that's another story entirely...
What brought you here to Discovery?
My sister Heather told Sav and I about Discovery. I was looking for a church that would feed me and my family. We were newer to our faith and wanted to grow in a supportive community.
What has kept you here?
Relationships (Discovery has literally become my family), encouragement, growth (discipleship), teaching, and community outreach.