In the late 1980s and early 1990s, mass immigration to America began from the USSR, which collapsed in 1991. The majority of them were Christians who were persecuted by the communist regime, to whom the United States granted refugee status and gave the right to permanent residence. A few Human Rights and other Christian organizations helped in this process.

Immediately after their arrival, they were faced with challenges. The main one; learning the English language. In addition, they had to adapt to the American way of life and starting everything from scratch.

In this wave of immigration, there came the first few families of believers who founded our church in the city of Portland. Their main concern was not just in arranging a plan for all their physical necessities (housing, jobs, etc.) but equally as important- a spiritual one. There was a great need for fellowship.  Brothers and sisters started to meet together and hold services. At first it was done in the home, and then when numbers increased they began to rent a church building.

The church grew every year, with brothers and sisters coming from different parts of the former Soviet Union: Ukraine, Russia, Moldova, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and the Baltic countries. The brothers met to discuss plans to buy a church building. So it was done and a building was bought on 182 street in Portland where we still meet to this day.

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 Pavliy and the deacons, he leads services, oversees all events and cares for members of Home of God.

We Believe…

  • We believe that the entire Bible is the inerrant, uncorrupted, living, powerful, and true Word of God.
  • We believe in one God, the Father—eternal, holy, glorious, almighty creator, sustainer, king, and righteous judge of the universe.
  • We believe in one Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah), God’s only begotten Son, in Whom we have redemption and the forgiveness of sins.
  • We believe in the Holy Spirit, who is the eternal Spirit of God and Spirit of Christ, Comforter, Spirit of Truth.
  • We believe that God created humanity for His glory and for fellowship with Him.
  • We believe that a person can be saved from his or her sins and from eternal punishment and condemnation in the lake of fire only by God’s grace through faith, not by works, so that no one can boast.
  • We believe that every person who truly repented of his or her sins, has living faith in Jesus Christ, and confesses Jesus as Lord is born again of God by the Spirit of God and the Word of God, and becomes a child of God and a member of God’s church.
  • We believe that every person saved by God’s grace through faith is created in Christ Jesus for good works. Primarily, these good works are obedience to God’s will, revealed in His commandments.
  • We believe in keeping all of the Ten Commandments, including the Fourth Commandment, to remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.
  • We believe that all God’s people must be holy, because God is holy and requires holiness of His people.
  • We believe that God appointed only clean animals as food for His people.
  • We believe that every person who has repented of his or her sins and believes in Jesus Christ must be baptized (fully immersed) in water in the name of Jesus Christ.
  • We believe that every disciple of Jesus Christ must be baptized in and filled with the Holy Spirit. The evidence of receiving baptism in the Holy Spirit is speaking in other tongues.
  • We believe that every Christian who has received water baptism in the name of Jesus Christ must regularly participate in the Lord’s Supper.
  • We believe that marriage is a God-instituted union and covenant between one man and one woman, who have right to be married according to the Word of God.
  • We believe that Christians should not kill people, observing the sixth of the Ten Commandments and the teachings of Jesus and His Apostles.
  • We believe in a visible, literal, bodily, premillennial return of Jesus Christ to this earth as King of kings and Lord of lords, to gather His Church (His Bride), to reign and judge the world.
  • We believe that all of the dead will be raised, those who have done good to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil to the resurrection of condemnation.
  • We believe that God is the righteous judge of all people. We believe that those who have obedient (living) faith in Jesus Christ will never come to the judgment of condemnation.
  • We believe in the teachings of God’s Word about the new heaven and the new earth.
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OUR LEADERS

David Klassen
David KlassenSenior Pastor
Ivan Svidenko
Ivan Svidenko2nd Pastor
Alexander Vinokurov
Alexander Vinokurov3rd Pastor

Being a Christian is more than just an instantaneous conversion – it is a daily process whereby you grow to be more and more like Christ.

Billy Graham

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.

C. S. Lewis

Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in and dine with him, and he with Me. Revelation 3:20