We believe that church was God’s intended tool to make disciples (followers) of Jesus. Therefore, making disciples is our goal. While there are many good plans and programs that have been designed to help churches do this, we believe that the Bible must be our foundation. In it we have discovered many commands made to and for the people who make up a local church. The Bible commands that the church gather, encourage, correct, be hospitable, unite, and serve. As a church we are committed to following these commands. At Creekside we think life is like a creek. It may hit a few rocks, get polluted, flood, or freeze over, but it keeps on flowing. Discipling people is, in essence, helping people cross the creek of life in a way that pleases God. In our efforts to do this and to follow the biblical commands listed above, we focus on helping people take the steps to believe, gather, connect, and serve. We call these four actions, stepping stones.
In 1989 Dwight Huffman became the new pastor of Wilsonville Baptist Church. In the years that followed the church expanded their building. Huffman left the church for another ministry in 1995 and despite great efforts the church struggled. In that year the church was without a pastor and only had five people meeting together on a consistent basis. There was talk of giving up, but those five people, through prayer, decided to keep the vision alive and hired a new pastor. Cliff Reynolds, became the new pastor and the people continued to pray that God would do something amazing through the church that had launched half a decade earlier.
With a new pastor in place the church begin to make a great impact on the community. Many people were brought into a relationship with God. Many others were drawn back into church for the first time in a long time. God did amazing things through the church and in the church as they sought to follow the example of the early church described in the Bible. The church grew substantially during this period.
By 2003 Wilsonville Baptist had outgrown its small building and was in need of a new place to meet. During this time one of the elders of the church saw a “for sale” sign on a piece of property at the intersection of Day Road and Boone’s Ferry Road in North Wilsonville. He called the realtor and was told the property would be foreclosed on by the next week. The church moved quickly and purchased the property before the week was done.
Almost immediately after purchasing this property Wilsonville Baptist changed its name to Creekside Bible Church to reflect its future location and the fact that the majority of its people were from three cities – Wilsonville, Tualatin, and Sherwood. During this time the church sold its building and began meeting at Boeckman Creek Elementary School.
In 2004 Cliff Reynolds felt God calling him to do a new type of ministry – mentoring men. Creekside Bible Church hired its fourth pastor, Greg Miller. The years that followed were transformational for the church. During this time the church became more focused on meeting the needs of the hurting and struggling in the community. This change in heart took on practical application in the life of the church as it weekly fed homeless people residing in Baldock Rest Area, took its Vacation Bible School out of the church and into a park, supplied school supplies for those in low income housing, and did many other activities to help those in need. Along with this, the goal for the property changed from building a traditional church to building a community center that would benefit the community as a whole.
In early 2011 Greg Miller felt God calling him to pastor a church in Sequim, Washington, a place he and his wife had always loved. In April 2011 the church hired its fifth pastor, Chad Harms.
The next chapter of our story is yet to be told, but we are grateful for what God has done through us as a church and excited for what will be done next.
We want every person to believe that Jesus is the Savior and Lord.
We want every person to gather in God’s presence for worship.
We want every person to connect in meaningful relationships.
We want every person to use serve the way God made them.
We believe in the one true God (Yahweh), creator of all things spaciotemporal and heavenly, known and unknown, visible and invisible. We believe in Jesus the Christ as the only begotten son of God and the very incarnation of God, who was truly born of, and wholly with, human flesh. We believe that Jesus suffered under Pontius Pilate, was brutally beaten, and mercilessly pierced and killed upon a cross for the purpose of redeeming sinful humanity. We believe that the grave could not hold our savior, for upon the third day he rose from the dead and thereafter met with his disciples and ascended into heaven. We believe that it is only through this person, Jesus the Christ, Son of the Living God, that humanity is redeemed from sin and given eternal life. We believe in the active and continuing presence of the Holy Spirit today. We affirm that all those who accept the sacrifice of Jesus the Christ and worship him as savior are indwelled by the Holy Spirit and enjoined with fellow Christians in the body of Christ, the Church universal. Moreover, we believe that the aforesaid persons, Creator, Son and Holy Spirit, are One God. Furthermore, we believe that scripture is authoritative in matters of Christian faith and living – having been inspired by the Holy Spirit and faithfully maintained over millennia. Amen.
Loving God. Loving People.
Our first goal is to be a church that follows the Bible. When it comes to church, just about every adjective imaginable has been used to describe what it should be and how it should operate (i.e. Purpose Driven, Irresistible, Organic, 24/7, Sticky, etc.). While some of these descriptions of church are great, at Creekside our focus is on letting one adjective define us: biblical.
Some of Jesus’ last words on earth were “Go and make disciples (followers of Jesus)…” After He said this, he told His disciples to wait on fulfilling this commandment until the Holy Spirit had come upon them. Fifty days later the Holy Spirit came and on that same day the first Christian church was formed (See Acts 2 in the Bible). From this we learn that the church is God’s instrument for making disciples. At Creekside we want to fulfill this God given purpose and so we strive to help people follow Jesus in all aspects of their lives.
Positively Impact the Community
Jesus had one ultimate goal for His life – bringing people into relationship with God by dying for their their wrongdoings. During the three years (or so) that He did ministry before His death, He was constantly meeting the needs of those around Him. He healed the blind, helped the paralyzed walk, fed the hungry, taught those who needed wisdom, cared for the marginalized, and loved everyone. At Creekside we want to follow Jesus’ example and meet needs (physical, emotional, and spiritual) of people. We believe this is the best way for us to positively impact our community.
One of the specific ways we hope to meet the needs of people is through development our property. We own over seven acres adjacent to I-5 and one day will build a facility that we can use to further serve the people in our area. We believe that this will be done through a multi-purpose building (a.k.a. community center) that will not only be our home, but also a home for a multitude of community resources. These resources will include a basketball court, auditorium, food pantry, youth activity room, office space, and more. The property is located at the intersection of Day Road and Boone’s Ferry Road in North Wilsonville (see below).
Leadership is often associated with rulership. However, the Bible makes clear that Christian leaders are to serve those they lead. The perfect demonstration of this was Jesus who gave up His very life for His followers. At Creekside Bible Church we seek to follow His example. Thus, it is important to us that those in leadership serve the church by humbly putting others in the congregation above themselves.
Our Ministry Leaders
The Bible teaches that all Christians are uniquely equipped by God to serve the church. The leadership of Creekside Bible Church strives to use their God given gifts to the best of their abilities in service of the church - setting an example for others to do the same. The goal of these passionate efforts is the glorification of God.