About Grace URC

 

United. As Christians, we are united around the Bible, the written revelation of God’s Word, that reveals all that we need to know unto salvation and life. We confess and believe that it bears witness to Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the only Savior and hope for sinners. 

Reformed. We are reformed in our faith and practice according to the Scriptures as summarized during the sixteenth century Protestant Reformation in the Three Forms of Unity: The Belgic Confession (1561), Heidelberg Catechism (1563), and Canons of Dordt (1619). We believe that we come into a saving relationship with God only because of His gracious work in our hearts and therefore He deserves our praise in every area of life.

Church. We are a church belonging to the one holy universal and apostolic Church instituted by the Lord Jesus Christ for the ministry of the Word (preaching of the Law and the Gospel), the ministry of the sacraments (Baptism and the Lord’s Supper), and the shepherding of God’s people by the pastors and elders. As a historic Christian Church we hold dear and profess the Apostles’ Creed, the Nicene Creed, and the Athenasian Creed.

Our Mission. The Triune God has called us to bring the lasting comfort of Jesus Christ to the peoples of Portland and beyond. To this end, we bear witness to God’s Law which reveals our need as sinners; we proclaim the Gospel which is the power of God for salvation; and we share in the Life of Christ which is living hope for eternity. Our passion is to bring this truth of God - Law, Gospel, and Life - to a dying world.

Our Story. We began in 2008 through a small group with a shared love for Reformed theology and vision for the Gospel to the peoples of Portland. That small group Bible study was nurtured by the teachings of RC Sproul, inspired by the zeal of White Horse Inn, and mentored by the congregation of Immaunel’s Reformed Church in Salem. After a year of meeting together, Rev. Dan McManigal (MDiv Westminster California 2001) was called as Minister of the Word in 2009. Rev. Steve Oeverman (MDiv Westminster California 2004) was called after the McManigal’s moved to Seattle in search of better health care for their deaf son.