Good News from the Field

New Lead Pastors in the field

Jeremiah Porter (Lead Pastor)
Christ’s Community Church, Granite Falls, WA

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Jeremiah most recently served as the lead pastor at Calvary Baptist Church in The Dalles, OR. He and his wife Kimberly have four children, ages 8-12. 



Trent Siverson (Lead Pastor)
North Seattle Church, Seattle, WA

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Trent has been on staff at North Seattle Church since 2012 and interned years prior. Both him and his wife heather were born and raised in Seattle and married in 2012.



Will Crawford (Lead Pastor)
Island Church of Whidbey, Langley, WA

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Will Crawford grew up in the Alliance in Canada and served at many Alliance Churches in Canada before his most recent role as the Executive Pastor of Missions at Fellowship Bible Church in Little Rock, AR. Will and his wife, Jennifer, have four daughters ages 12-22. 




Edmond Cheung (Lead Pastor)
Portland Chinese Alliance Church

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Edmond immigrated to Portland from Hong Kong when he was 18 and came to faith through the ministry of the Portland Chinese Alliance Church. He has served as the lead pastor of several Chinese churches in Ohio and Texas. Edmond and his wife Grace have two sons.

Lighthouse Christian Center Opens Its Doors to the Houseless During Winter Months

The Northwest has certainly felt like winter lately: cold temperatures and windy nights make us think about cozying up with some blankets and warm socks. However, for many in our cities who are without houses, Northwest nighttime temperatures can be brutal, and even dangerous.

Lighthouse Christian Center (Puyallup, WA) has joined with other local churches to open their doors to those in need, as a part of a program called Freezing Nights. Each church is available on a specific night of the week (Lighthouse has Monday nights, 7pm-7am), and provides shelter and a warm breakfast to around 70 people who come through the doors. Many hands make light work, and around 150 volunteers have been helping make Freezing Nights a reality.

For more information on the Freezing Nights program, click here.

Medford Neighborhood Church Cares for Paradise Amidst Campfire Blaze

The fallout from the catastrophic Camp Fire has reverberated far beyond Paradise, CA, and even into the Rogue Valley, where as many as 52,000 displaced Paradise residents have fled.

Medford Neighborhood Church, led by pastor Lee Gregory, has become the center of a burgeoning movement to help the residents of Paradise who are currently in the Medford area. Incidentally, Lee and Doreen Gregory have a history in Paradise; they grew up and got married there.

The church has become the area donation distribution hub as a part of the I-CARE (Compassion And Respect for Everyone) movement that has sprung up (via Lee’s community presence). The Gregorys have also taken in some of their family from the Paradise area who escaped with only the (singed) clothes on their backs.

The news of the generosity and care shown by the church has spread to local media—you can read the coverage here.

Todd King Called as New Lead Pastor for Mercer Creek Church

Mercer Creek Church recently extended a call to Todd King after a Lead Pastor search that lasted through the summer.

The Kings (Todd, Karynn, and their two sons) come to Mercer Creek from Bellingham, Washington, where Todd served as executive pastor at Christ the King Church (a large, multi-site church in northern Washington) and Karynn was a counselor.

Southern Oregon Network Gifts $6K to Their Church Plant Journey Roseburg For A New Heating Unit

As the months get colder, churches in less-than-cozy buildings can really start to feel the chill. Recently, Journey Roseburg had a need for three costly heating units for the church’s warehouse gathering space, but didn’t have the funds. That’s when the Southern Oregon Network stepped in to help buy them.

Journey Roseburg Pastor Jeff Paschall called it a “generous financial blessing” and said: “I can't express the encouragement our young church feels… Having planted three churches, this one, by far, owes so much of its success to the constant, tangible, and practical love and support we receive.”

School Principal to Madison Community Church pastor: "You make Jesus look real good."

Madison Community Church (Everett, Washington) pastor Peter Vincent knows that effecting neighborhood change takes time and perseverance. Six years ago, Peter started a relationship at an area school by meeting with the Principal and saying that his church would like to help out, in whatever ways they could. The school seemed baffled and hesitant at first, but agreed.

So Madison got to work. The church popped popcorn in the cafeteria, helped keep up the school grounds, and even read to students during class time. Years passed, students got older, a new Principal came, and Madison became a familiar presence on campus.

Recently, Peter was contacted by the new Principal, and they had a different sort of conversation than when Madison first began there. The Principal told him: “You make Jesus look real good.” Madison’s years of steady involvement demonstrated that they cared, and the school wanted to know more. After this conversation, a busload of teachers from the school came to the church, toured the facility, and met Madison’s staff. The church’s faithful service is making a difference in their community, and through it, others can see the love of Christ.

Church of Thorne Bay buys adjacent property without the need for any loans

When God moves, we follow; even if it’s next door. Ron Youderian, Lead Pastor at Church of Thorne Bay (Thorne Bay, Alaska) shares this happy news: the church is expanding! The Church of Thorne Bay has been working on purchasing the vacant Catholic Church next to their property, and had been praying for God’s provision so they wouldn’t have to take out an ADF loan.

God provided them with the necessary funds! No loan required. The additional property is slated to be a community center for the church as well as the wider Thorne Bay community.

Christ Our Healer in the Northwest

Some amazing stories coming out of Alliance Northwest churches about the healing power of Christ. These concrete examples of God working in our midst are always so fun to celebrate:

A young elder at Christ's Community Church in Granite Falls, Washington, experienced healing this summer when, after multiple car accidents and surgeries, he had been basically bed-ridden from pain. When his doctors decided not to go forward with a surgery that promised to relieve some of that pain, Dale paradoxically felt a deep contentment from the Lord. Days later, he was fully healed and working out at the gym!

Salem Alliance Church has seen a significant number of healings since December of last year. Every Sunday, many of those in attendance stand for healing prayer (physical, emotional, etc.), and every week they have a story or two to share. Praise God!

Nine Church Workers Receive Ordained/Consecrated Status

Congratulations to the following pastors and planters across the Northwest for their hard work in completing their ordination/consecration requirements:

Otis Brown (8/21 Ordained)
Ryan Doughty (8/21 Ordained-Sustained)
Isabel Miller (June Consecrated)
Cary Wood (June Consecrated)
Yuriy Murashko (June Ordained)
Evan Fowler (June Ordained)
Duane Guisinger (June Ordained)
John Blosser (June Ordained)
Colby Holloway (June Ordained)

New Faces (and Familiar Faces in New Places) around the Field

Alliance Northwest leaders and churches certainly didn't lay dormant during the summer. Multiple churches extended calls to new lead pastors, and one church in Oregon (New Hope Church) decided to become part of our tribe. Let's welcome them!

David & Kati Prantner moved from Alaska to take the Lead Pastor position at the Christian & Missionary Alliance Church in Bly, Oregon.

Dr. Stephen & Esther Chien accepted the call to the pastorate at Tri-Cities Chinese C&MA Church this summer and Stephen has jumped into the developing Columbia River Network with vigor.

Pastor Endre Norem and New Hope Church in Lebanon, Oregon became affiliated with Alliance Northwest over the summer.

Joe & Susan Donohue transitioned from East Hills in Kelso, Washington to Lead Pastor at Alliance Bible Church in Anchorage, Alaska.

Welcome to Bob & Sharon Setzer, new pastors at Sojourn Church in Lacey, Washington. Bob was formerly Worship Pastor at Arbor Heights in Seattle.

Steve & Malana Ganz are the new interims at Clover Pass Community Church in Ketchikan, Alaska.

Sylvester Jones (Bubba) has now become the new pastor at Naknek Community Bible Chapel in Alaska. Bubba was mentored by former Naknek pastor Hugh Griffiths in a very cool transition story.

East Hills Baptizes 18 at Worship Service

When East Hills (Kelso, Washington) brought their three services (spread across two separate campuses) together at Rister Stadium in late August, they knew it would be a special time of corporate worship. What they got was something they're calling "Bapstravaganza."

Lead Pastor Steve Diehl writes, "Our three services at two campuses all met together at Rister Stadium and celebrated together as 18 people confessed their faith in Jesus Christ and were baptized.  There were some powerful testimonies shared.  God is good."

A Summer Full of Good News from Our Field

East Hills Baptizes 18 at Worship Service

When East Hills (Kelso, Washington) brought their three services (spread across two separate campuses) together at Rister Stadium in late August, they knew it would be a special time of corporate worship. What they got was something they're calling "Bapstravaganza."

Lead Pastor Steve Diehl writes, "Our three services at two campuses all met together at Rister Stadium and celebrated together as 18 people confessed their faith in Jesus Christ and were baptized.  There were some powerful testimonies shared.  God is good."

Two Young Adults from Mosaic and Salem Alliance Go to the Nations

We're celebrating the work that God is doing with young people in our Field, as they are called into ministry within their neighborhoods or to the nations.

A young adult attending Mosaic North in Portland took a step in faith and has left to join the Long Beach team, which is the global partner of the Southern Oregon Network within a closed-access country (CAC). He doesn't know exactly what his role will be, but is eager to serve Jesus in the midst of the least and the lost. He has received a lot of support from the Southern Oregon Network; the churches gave him money to head out and hosted him in their churches during Sunday gatherings.

Trevor Morgan, a student at Reach Training Institute (RTI) in Salem, is headed abroad for a practicum year as part of his studies. He will spend his time in Uruguay, and is one of the first RTI students to have a year abroad like this. Very exciting!

New Faces (and Familiar Faces in New Places) around the Field

David & Kati Prantner moved from Alaska to take the Lead Pastor position at the Christian & Missionary Alliance Church in Bly, Oregon.

Dr. Stephen & Esther Chien accepted the call to the pastorate at Tri-Cities Chinese C&MA Church this summer and Stephen has jumped into the developing Columbia River Network with vigor.

Pastor Endre Norem and New Hope Church in Lebanon, Oregon became affiliated with Alliance Northwest over the summer.

Joe & Susan Donohue transitioned from East Hills in Kelso, Washington to Lead Pastor at Alliance Bible Church in Anchorage, Alaska.

Welcome to Bob & Sharon Setzer, new pastors at Sojourn Church in Lacey, Washington. Bob was formerly Worship Pastor at Arbor Heights in Seattle.

Steve & Malana Ganz are the new interims at Clover Pass Community Church in Ketchikan, Alaska.

Sylvester Jones (Bubba) has now become the new pastor at Naknek Community Bible Chapel in Alaska. Bubba was mentored by former Naknek pastor Hugh Griffiths in a very cool transition story.

Nine Church Workers Receive Ordination/Consecration Status

Congratulations to pastors and planters across the Northwest for their hard work in completing their ordination/consecration requirements:

Otis Brown (8/21 Ordained)
Ryan Doughty (8/21 Ordained (Sustained))
Isabel Miller (June Consecrated)
Cary Wood (June Consecrated)
Yuriy Murashko (June Ordained)
Evan Fowler (June Ordained)
Duane Guisinger (June Ordained)
John Blosser (June Ordained)
Colby Holloway (June Ordained)

Christ our Healer in the Northwest

Some amazing stories coming out of Alliance Northwest churches about the healing power of Christ. These concrete examples of God working in our midst are always so fun to celebrate:

Dale Tanis, an elder at Christ's Community Church in Granite Falls, Washington, experienced healing this summer when, after multiple car accidents and surgeries, he had been basically bed-ridden from pain. When his doctors decided not to go forward with a surgery that promised to relieve some of that pain, Dale paradoxically felt a deep contentment from the Lord. Days later, he was fully healed and working out at the gym!

Salem Alliance Church has seen a significant number of healings since December of last year. Every Sunday, many of those in attendance stand for healing prayer (physical, emotional, etc.), and every week they have a story or two to share. Praise God!

U.S. Department of State encouraged and impressed by Salem For Refugees

We have followed Doug & Anya Holcomb's journey as a field for the past few years, as they have transitioned from serving with CAMA in Kosovo to Salem, Oregon. As their story unfolds, it continues to give a clear sense of how God is working to call people to Him in surprising and miraculous ways. In December, the Holcombs shared another piece of news that added to this impression.

Barbara Day, Chief of Domestic Resettlement and Refugee Admissions from the U.S. Department of State, visited a monthly meeting of Salem For Refugees, as well as accompanied the Holcombs to various meetings and refugee home visits. Her goal in coming was to learn more about Salem For Refugees' model of support for Salem's new refugee neighbors. 

At the end of the day, she shared with Doug & Anya that she had not seen anything like what they are doing, anywhere in the country, and wanted to know more about how the programs could be replicated. Very encouraging!

 

 

Batting 1.000: 15/15 Alliance Northwest Church Leaders pass their LOC interviews

December has been a busy month, as many church leaders work to finish up the LOC process before the end of the year.

More than just a box to check, the road to Ordination/Consecration is paved with years of preparation and study, with its travelers ultimately becoming fully equipped as leaders and disciple makers. Each of these men and women have really accomplished something!

ORDAINED:
Jeff Brown (Salem Alliance)
Sean O’Connor (Salem Alliance)
Brandon Miller (Salem Alliance)
Steve Croyle (Mountain View Community Church)
Dave Beddoe (Restore Church)
Ben Coffin (Union Hill)
Dominic Kan (Missio)
Jon Donohue (The Grove Alliance Church)
Pete Tegeler
Bryan Halferty (Anchor Church)

CONSECRATED:
Jessica Mitchell (Salem Alliance)
Annie Banceu (Compass)

ACCREDITED:
Josh Stager (Canby Alliance)
Matt Broweleit (North Seattle Church)
Christine Keith (Mosaic Church)

14 more interviews are scheduled to take place before the end of February.

4 Alliance Northwest churches awarded Dream Incentive Grants in 2017

Congratulations to Veneta Alliance Church (Veneta, Oregon), Wolf Creek Alliance Community Church (Wolf Creek, Oregon), South Umpqua Community Church (Days Creek, Oregon), and Northside Community Church (Bellingham, Washington) for being awarded grants via the Alliance Dream Initiative program! 

The Dream Initiative Grant program exists to build the local church through helping small- to mid-sized churches fund ministry goals that would otherwise be unattainable. Nationally, a total of $249,340 was awarded to Alliance churches. 

Applications for next year's grant process will begin in early 2018.