BEAVERTON – Community members at Beaverton Church of God have a renewed sense of mission and are excited for the future. On June 21, congregants bravely and selflessly chose to pursue a new course of action for the future of their ministry. With a two-thirds vote they chose to dissolve as a congregation in order to join a local sister church, Eagle Ridge Church of God in Midland.
As a result of this change, the Beaverton church will close completely and then, near the end of the year, be relaunched as a satellite campus of Eagle Ridge. This will allow the new “Eagle Ridge Church of God, Beaverton Campus” to do more than they have ever done in the past. With a focus on outreach, serving the community, and transforming the building into a community center usable by youth and community members during the week, people are excited for the transformation.
“We’ve struggled for quite a while,” said Barb Andrist, chair of the church board. “But we are excited to be accepted by Eagle Ridge.” She added, “God has great things planned for our community.”
The senior pastor of Eagle Ridge, William Greiner cherished their decision and the process they took to arrive at it. “They’ve done something outstandingly courageous. Just completely outside of the norm. And Eagle Ridge is excited to be joining together with them to form one church in two locations. We just believe that we are better together,” said Greiner.
The Beaverton Church of God held its last service on July 12. It was a special occasion for all involved with mixed emotion.” Loretta Holm commented, “When God starts to move there’s always some significant part of you that says ‘I wish we could have done things differently,’ and so we have to trust Him to move beyond that and trust that he is in control and working for the good.”
Starting on July 26, Beaverton congregants began attending Eagle Ridge in Midland, to become one church family and prepare to relaunch the Beaverton campus. Deborah Yats, the new campus pastor for Eagle Ridge Beaverton, led the efforts to organize carpool solutions to help get everyone from Beaverton to Midland and back each Sunday morning. “I’m so excited for this new opportunity and outreach in the Beaverton community,” said Yats.
Deborah and Eagle Ridge have had some recent success in following the prompting of God and reaching out to their community. Last July, they launched Cultivate Coffee & Tea in the Midland Mall. This venue offers free coffee, tea, and hot chocolate to people in the mall while also providing a quiet environment to relax and build relationships with others. Deborah sees unlimited potential in Beaverton and is looking forward to the opportunity to work together with the people of this community to help bring positive change. Yats commented, “When this opportunity came around, I just knew this was my place.”