To foster the spiritual maturity of the Orthodox Christian faithful of St. John the Baptist and reach out to inquirers, the unchurched and inactive Orthodox on the west side of metropolitan Portland through worship, the sacramental life, education, philanthropy, hospitality, fellowship and the practice of Christian Stewardship, thereby serving as an instrument in the growth and expansion of the Orthodox Christian Church.
Our parish’s vision is to grow the Orthodox Church by building a Byzantine-style church with supporting facilities and continuing to plant parishes in the area. To see some examples of Byzantine-style churches built in the United States, you may enjoy viewing the project gallery of CJK Design Group.
St. John’s is currently working on their strategic plan, which is a tool to help our parish understand and determine where we are now, where we want to be, how we will get there and in what time period. It is a means for us, as a parish community, to create a shared vision for our future.
To learn more, go to our Strategic Plan page.
We’ve enjoyed a growing community dedicated to worship, fellowship, education and service over the past 16+ years. What follows is a brief retelling of how it all began.
In March 1997, a group of six families, all members of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Portland, met with a member of the Metropolis of San Francisco missions board, to discuss the possibility of establishing a parish on Portland’s westside. Only five months later, with the blessing of Metropolitan Anthony of blessed memory, Fr. Theodore Dorrance and his family arrived in Portland. and the first service was held August 1, 1997 in a parishioner home.
From 1997 to 1999, the parish met in a variety of locations – a conference center, a school cafeteria and routinely in a parishioner home. In 1999, the parish renovated and rented a section of the basement of the Cedar Hills Shopping Center, where we met for almost seven years. In 2005 we took possession of an old warehouse/office space on Walker Road that was professionally remodeled to include a kitchen, six classrooms, office space, a fellowship hall and some additional storage. The first Sunday service was celebrated at the facility on Walker Road on March 26, 2006.
The church continues to grow, maximizing the capacity of both the current building and parking lot. The parish aspires to purchase land and build a Byzantine-style church that reflects the theology of the Orthodox Faith both inside and out. The parish also aims to build a facility for administration and fellowship. The parish has also agreed to partner with Agia Sophia Academy to have educational facilities to meet the needs of both the Sunday School and ASA’s expansion through middle school. Please keep this vision in your prayers as a part of our mission to bring all people closer to Christ.