In 2012, Pastor Jamie was falsely accused of crimes he did not commit and was sentenced to twelve and a half years in prison. In the midst of a custody battle for his son, his former spouse and former stepdaughter did everything in their power to make sure he didn't win...and it worked. After being in prison for two and a half years, he was sent home and the case was completely dismissed.
"Sometimes God will allow the worst to happen in your life, but He always has a plan and purpose for every single thing that happens to you and every single pain. You MUST trust Him fully as you walk through the valley of the shadow of death. He WILL pull you through and He WILL have His way. And that is the best possible path for His glory and your good."-Pastor Jamie
Pastor Jamie is passionate about teaching the Word of God accurately, developing leaders in the Church, prison ministry, and strengthening families through church community support, education, and encouragement.
A seminary graduate from Multnomah Biblical Seminary and college graduate of Southwest Baptist University, his ultimate passion is teaching the Bible and apologetics (defending the Christian faith).
Pastor Jamie is married to his amazing wife, Jo, and they are blessed with four children.
Powell Valley Church is a group of ordinary people who serve and worship an extraordinary God. We are not a building, we are a people. We are a people with a God-given vision to reach the lost and equip the found. We are a group of people who realize that none of us “has it all together,” but need God continually directing our lives.
We are a group of people who prefer to love our neighbor rather than to judge our neighbor. We are a group of people who stand firm on the Word of God (The Holy Bible) and never apologize for what God says through it. We are a group of people who extend compassion to the brokenhearted, mercy and grace to the offender, and forgiveness to those who seek it…and to those who do not.
When new members join a Covenant church, they are asked two questions about belief: “Do you confess Jesus Christ as your Savior and promise to follow him as Lord?” and “Do you accept the Holy Scriptures, the Old and New Testaments, as the word of God and the only perfect rule for faith, doctrine, and conduct?” They are then asked if they intend to live as faithful followers of Christ and members of the church and denomination.
That’s all. That is enough.
But on another level, of course, the answer is a good deal more complex. While the Covenant Church does not require adherence to any written creed, we take our theology very seriously, and our history as well. We are a Reformation church, a part of the Church universal, and an evangelical church. In that heritage, we share certain central beliefs, which draw us together in faith and fellowship and make possible a freedom among us on more widely ranging issues.
We describe those central beliefs as “affirmations.” We hope that as you read these affirmations you will find yourself identifying with them in your own faith experience. If they raise questions for you or you would like to read further, we would encourage you to ask your pastor (if you are already in contact with a Covenant church) or any Covenant pastor for more suggestions.
The Evangelical Covenant Church seeks to form and nurture communities that are deeply committed to Jesus Christ and passionately engaged in Christ’s mission in the world. The purpose of Covenant affirmations is to make clear the values and principles that have guided the Evangelical Covenant Church since its founding in 1885.
For Covenant people, our essential beliefs are summed up in what we call Covenant Affirmations:
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Each and every Sunday you can expect a solid, biblical message from the Bible in a way that anyone can understand. Our Pastor prepares every message with three things in mind that, if applied by the hearer, reaps the blessing of spiritual growth and maturity. He encourages you to E.A.T.
1. Explanation: Our Pastor will explain the meaning of the Scripture(s) and support all biblical principles and doctrines with Scripture(s).
2. Application: Our Pastor will encourage you to apply what you’ve learned to your daily life. Not only that, but he will actually explain “how” you can go about applying these principles to your daily life. Application is key to the last thing, which is the most needed thing.
3. Transformation: Once Scripture is explained, we are taught “how” to apply it to our lives, and we intentionally by faith apply it to our lives, then transformation will occur. Your life will change…you will change. If you don’t know the Bible very well (or not at all) or don’t own a Bible, that’s OK. If you need one, feel free to ask our volunteer at the Information Center and we will provide one for you. The Pasto preaches from the same Bible that is in every pew. As he mentions a Scripture, he also announces the page number on which that Scripture is found, so everyone can follow along.
Many people use the Bible on their tablet or smart phone. Don’t be shy. If that’s what you use or want to use, then use it. In fact, here’s a link to a FREE Bible for your device that includes every translation in almost every language. CLICK HERE FOR A FREE BIBLE!
Absolutely. Your child will not only have a BLAST on Sunday mornings, but your child will learn biblical stories and principles. Our TrueLife Children volunteers also encourage and assist in the making of new friends. Mission: No Child Left Out!
Great question. You can contact our Main Office throughout the week; however, on Sunday mornings visit our The Source located at the front entrance of the church. A volunteer will be there to assist you and answer any questions you may have.
We completely understand how people can volunteer to help in a given area and are expected never to leave! Don’t worry. We wouldn’t do that to you. We actually encourage most volunteers to serve a maximum of two Sundays per month, so as to avoid burnout and the mis-opportunity to experience the Worship Experience with their family and friends. How often you serve is up to you. Contact us for more details.
1335 SE 282nd Ave.
Gresham, Oregon 97080