In July of 1998, Pastor Jeff Sorvik was called as the Pastor of North Bay Community Church, and the merged vision was underway. Like any new church planting effort, North Bay has had its share of challenges, but God has proven Himself faithful through it all. In September of 1998 God provided a lease on an older church building that was no longer in use. This building had two unique features; it included a small gymnasium and a walnut paneled library filled with character. God, in His sovereignty, provided a building uniquely suited to the Twin Ports community.
North Bay discovered that the language of music and athletics were keys to the unchurched community. And so, the library (which sits adjacent to a large Kitchen) was converted into North Bay Cafe where the church would host small acoustic coffee house concerts and the gym was used to host volleyball, floor hockey, basket ball and a variety of other athletic events designed to bring unchurched people to a place where they can find real relationships with Christians and real hope in Christ.