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About Us

in our words


“The people at HopeGateWay are casual, warm, and genuine – there is a real interest in getting to know who people really are, living life together in community. The space is colorful and inviting – it reflects an appreciation and celebration of the beauty of art and community. The pastors here are authentic and challenge us to deeper real connection with God and each other. Faith at HopeGateWay is less about perfect church service attendance and more about living life in a way that acknowledges the value of every human being, that celebrates our interconnectedness, and that trusts in a Love that keeps us all.”


“My spirit is fed at HopeGateWay. I love the energy and openness. It is never ‘same old, same old’ in worship, and while our ministry is committed to the ‘same old, same old’ challenges of poverty and other injustice around in Jesus’ day, tackling them as a community with compassion and respect for all God’s children makes the Gospel come alive.”


“It is a blessing to find a vibrant yet so small church. This means that everybody gets involved in one way or another. Coming from a different part of the world [Burundi], I was accepted from the first moment I stepped through the door. Immediately I was surrounded with love and care. I have developed a closer relationship with God through the preaching and annual retreat. I hope that the church will grow and be the light of many people in the Portland community. If someone is interested to know about the church, I would say to visit the HopeGateWay website or physically visit the church and remember to “come as you are and receive the gifts God has in store for you.”


“Before I ever stepped foot in HopeGateWay the website taught me a new word, koinioia – ‘communion by intimate participation’ – that sprang to life when I came to worship just days after moving to Portland. To say I was welcomed warmly is a total understatement. At HGW a small, diverse, devoted band of people works really hard to nurture community, without expectation or attachment to ‘results.’ Yet it is impossible not to feel the change and see the impact in our lives. Worship, community meals, LIFE Groups, yoga, meditation, writing, art, Bible study… Spirit, mind and body are constantly tended to, in so many ways. The action that accompanies every HGW idea embodies a deep faith. Our attitude of acceptance — ‘all are welcome here’ — is palpable. We’ve come to think of it as ‘Hospitality, Hope, Healing.’ It is real. It is honest. It is love.”


“From the Parkside Neighborhood, and from throughout Greater Portland, HopeGateWay gathers and connects persons in a growing Christian community of faith. I enjoy being part of this vibrant, growing new intergenerational and inclusive community with its rich blend of cultural, economic, social, and religious experience. Here lives are transformed by the power of God’s love! HopeGateWay is a welcoming way for many, and a gate way to service for all as hope is extended through many doors that reach to the neighborhood and a world of need.”


“Being part of the Hope.Gate.Way community has changed my life. Not only have I met wonderful people whom I count among my closest friends, but I love that HGW walks the talk of what it means to be a Christ-follower. Loving your neighbor is something we practice every day — not just for an hour on Sunday.”


“I have found in HopeGateWay a manifestation of the type of faith community I have sought throughout my life of faith. The unique combination of accepting people for who they are, yet simultaneously challenging them to be all God wants them to be, is one of the gifts of this community that I most appreciate. The intentional balance we seek to live out between personal faith formation and ministry for a compassionate and just world is also a great gift of HGW to me and to the city around us.”


I keep thinking about the Scripture read at church one Sunday morning recently - Romans 12:1-2. "Take your everyday, ordinary life... and place it before God as an offering." I think a lot about my singleness and often interpret it as being alone - loneliness. Although there are many couples and families in the HopeGateWay community, I have never felt alone. I realized this Sunday that in my life, during incredible turmoil, God has had an overwhelming presence, and an outpouring of love from this faith community has helped me through. When I have needed it the most, I am not alone. I am never alone. My ordinary, everyday life, with God!

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