Our goal is to be a strategic partner working with the churches (which is really the Church) to remind them of its mission to love, bless, and serve the community in which we reside.
“Exhorting and Mobilizing the Church of North Portland to Serve The Community”
We achieve our vision by
- Facilitating ministry leader and multi-congregational gatherings to promote fellowship, networking, and unity
- Representing the church of North Portland in community civic settings
- Igniting and supporting collaborative efforts
- Operating programs to meet community needs, as requested by the Church of North Portland
Our goal is never to do for others what they can do for themselves, but instead to work with people and the community as they recognize the gifts and skills they can bring to address their own situations. We are part of the community, and we engage with it rather than standing apart from it.
Discerning Of Purpose
Before starting any activity, we want to engage in a discernment process. We want to listen to leaders of the Church of North Portland, to the volunteers who want to engage, to those who are our partners, and to those who would be recipients of whatever we offer. We want our work to be filled with purpose and carried out on purpose.
Serving With Integrity
We commit ourselves to serving, not commanding or directing. And we commit ourselves to serving in such a way that people know we can be trusted: trusted to do what we say we will do, trusted to know our own limits and not commit beyond them, and trusted to engage in relationship in a way that affirms and values each participant.
Unifying Through Diversity
Our work is first and foremost with the churches in North Portland, and we intentionally cast the net broadly. We want to represent the full diversity of those churches: theologically, ethnically, and culturally. Our goal is to help those churches recognize their unity of faith – and then love out that unity through service.
Josh is an Elder at the Red Sea Church in St. Johns.
Stephanie is a member of St Johns Community Church and is active in the community.
Being born and raised in North Portland I have a love and passion for our community. My wife and I, with our three beautiful daughters, proudly call North Portland our home. For the past eight years I have served alongside my father as a pastor at St Johns Wesleyan Church, a congregation of The Church of North Portland. I have been a part of the leadership of AllOne Community Services since its inception. As a pastor of The Church of North Portland and an AllOne board member I have pursued many opportunities of church collaboration and have witnessed first-hand the beauty of seeing The Church of North Portland truly be all one as we show the love of Christ through love and service. I look forward with great anticipation to the journey that lies ahead and am trusting God to continue to lead us in unity as we strive to honor him in all we do.
Contact Josh at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jerome Devlaeminck has practiced as a CPA for over 30 years working with both for profit and nonprofit organizations. This has included setting up, training, and maintaining accounting systems as well as tax preparation. Jerome brings with him considerable experience in the nonprofit sector which will benefit the development of the organization.
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As an Operations and Technology Manager for a large engineering firm, Tina Macon helps staff realize their career goals and develops technology tools to improve efficiency. She’s known as a problem solver and loves using her gifts to help community organizations find solutions, too. Sometimes that involves strategizing, sometimes creating a tool or process, and sometimes rolling up her sleeves to help get it done. Tina is humbled by God’s grace and thankful for the opportunity to share the tremendous blessings she has received with others through ministry and service. Since moving to Portland from Anchorage, Alaska in 2010, she has served as team leader for Compassion North Portland, serves on the Nominating Committee for the Free Methodist Conference, and co-facilitates, with husband Gerald, small groups focusing on couples and marriage at her home church, Grace Christian Fellowship. Tina and Gerald have four amazing children and seven grandchildren who fill their hearts and lives with love.
Contact Tina at GandTMacon@comcast.net
Jay is the pastor of Journey3 which is a new church affiliated with the Reformed Church in America. Journey3 is a relational church with an emphasis on loving others. Jay and his wife Barb moved to Portland from Iowa in 2010. Previously Jay and Barb planted a church in the Des Moines, Iowa area and served there for 17 years. Before that Jay was on staff with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship for many years. Barb is a professor of nursing at the University of Portland and has taught nursing for over 30 years. Jay and Barb have two adult sons. Sam is married to Stacie. They live in Fairbanks, Alaska and have two children with a third due in May of 2015. Ben lives in Des Moines.
Jay is excited about the Church of North Portland because of the strong relationships that are developing between churches and the spirit of service we share.
Contact Jay at firstname.lastname@example.org
Charlie Fraga is a lay pastoral leader and board member of the People of Praise, an ecumenical Christian community with branches throughout North America, including a special focus in the Kenton neighborhood of north Portland. He is also President of Direct Development, Inc., a direct marketing firm that specializes in consulting with non-profit organizations nationwide, especially in the area of fundraising and strategic planning. Charlie has been building multi-denominational lay Christian communities and working with non-profits professionally for over 40 years. He and his wife, Carmen, will be relocating from SW Portland into the Kenton neighborhood in early 2014. They have 4 adult children and 7 grandchildren. Charlie believes that God wants to accomplish much of his work in the world through collaborative Christian initiatives.
Contact Charlie at email@example.com