Our Mission Statement:
Open to wherever
God, in Christ, leads us,
we seek to live out our faith
in community, by offering hope
and standing together for justice.
At Covenant, worship is the most important thing we do! Our traditional worship patterns remind us that God is the center of who we are and what we believe. Our congregation is caring, friendly and generous, and always ready to lend its energies where there is a need.
We celebrate communion the first Sunday of the month at Covenant, and all are welcome at this table for the meal that Christ has prepared. Communion is also served on other liturgically-designated Sundays and at other special services.
Members of our congregation who use wheelchairs have helped us ensure that we are handicapped-accessible. Large-print service bulletins are available. We have a quiet play area with toddler-size table and chairs, coloring items and toys at the back of the sanctuary. We want children to feel included in our church family by offering families a break from sitting in a pew. We also have a separate nursery room. For older children, activity sheets for use during the service are available in our Narthex. All children and youth are encouraged to actively participate in worship, including serving as ushers, helping collect the offering, reading scripture, providing special music, and giving Moment for Mission messages.
Covenant Presbyterian Church was founded in 1958 with the purchase of four acres of land on SE Division Street. Services were first held in 1959 in the small Brown Chapel, under the organizing pastors the Rev. John Phillips and the Rev. J. Boyd Patterson. The Rev. Glen House became the pastor in 1961, the same year that our first woman Elder, Arliss Rolph, was ordained. In 1966, the Rev. Neil Brown became the pastor, and in 1978, The Revs. Tom and Patty Campbell-Schmidt became co-pastors. Patty was one of the first woman pastors in the Pacific Northwest. In 1990, the Rev. Bill Russell became the pastor, serving until 2004. Patricia Berger served as pastor from 2006 until her retirement in June 2017. After two years with interim pastor the Rev. Dr. Barbara Campbell, a new pastor was called. The Rev. Joshua Dunham started in October, 2019.
The Reverend Joshua Dunham, Pastor
David Wimett, Music Director
Rob Hendrickson, Accompanist/Organist
Brian Comer, Church Coordinator
Janelly Carranza, Sacred Organizer/Oregon Fellow