Having a building of their own, the church began to began to conduct various services and activities. They began to settle around the church, buying houses and renting apartments. Very soon a choir was organized in the church, as well as youth and children ministries.
Some of the families moved to the state of Missouri, where they bought houses and land, forming a small “Christian” village. Pastor Nickolay Gantuk leads services there.
Many members of the church live in the city of Vancouver, located a few kilometers from Portland. Basic services like the Lord’s Supper or other events are held in Portland. Pastor Valentin Protsenko leads services in Vancouver.
Over all these years the Church, which was named “Home of God,” has grown and now has over 600 members. Pastors and deacons were appointed, amongst whom spiritual work was distributed in the church.
In addition to services on Saturdays, we hold various meetings during the week, such as studying the Word of God, prayer meetings, small home-like gatherings, etc. Several times a year water baptisms are held, as well as marriage ceremonies, and communion in remembrance of the death of Jesus Christ. Attention is paid in great detail to children, pre-youth and youth ministries. Youth conferences and meetings are held periodically. Many children attend Russian classes, provided by the church, where they are taught to read and write in the Russian language. These services are provided to keep the communication between the new generation and the elder generation as well as to possess the ability to read the Bible in our primary language.
Our senior pastor, David Klassen, whose family was one of the first to come to Portland from the city of Dushanbe, Tajikistan, resides in Portland. Along with the help of Pastors Alexander Vinokurov, Ivan Svidenko, Ruslan Kokoten, Ivan Prustsko, Vasiliy Pavily and the deacons, he leads services, oversees all events and cares for members of Home of God.