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We Exist to Rise Up & Saturate Our City with the Gospel

What does it mean to Rise Up and Saturate Our City with the Gospel?

Everywhere you turn in our city you will see followers of Jesus rise to their true calling: declaring, displaying, and living out the power of the Gospel.

Like ink spilled across a map, every block of our city will experience the transforming power of God's people on mission. As the local church, we exist to call forth, raise up and send out disciples; igniting the hearts of His people for His purpose. Hearts set on fire to see the kingdom of God break forth in our city.


Our Story


Rise Launch

Rise launched with a team of 40 church planters in March of 2014. We spent our first 6 months meeting in the Fairview Community Center in Fairview, OR. It didn’t take long before we outgrew that space and moved to Mountainview Church in Gresham.

Vision Clarity

As we grew, we took huge steps towards clarifying our vision to Rise Up and Saturate Our City with the Gospel. This means all over our city, you see followers of Jesus rising up to their true calling to bring the presence of Jesus to every corner of our community.


Our Future Home

In 2018 we purchased our future home right in the middle of Gresham. The hand of God moved in powerful ways to allow us to purchase the former SkateWorld. From million-dollar donations to construction companies donating the entire buildout, to volunteers giving thousands of hours, this space was made possible through the generosity of this church.


Ministry Impact

From 70 people entering the waters of baptism to our largest Rise Kids Camp ever, to tangible partnerships with community outreach like My Father's House and Laundry Love—this was a season filled with incredible fruit. We planted deep roots of Gospel impact in our city.

Forward in Chaos

2020 didn’t go as anyone had planned—but the ministry and mission still went forward. So in September of 2020 Rise launched house churches as a new method in the midst of an unprecedented season. Through 2021, Rise continued to press forward in the midst of chaos. While the world seemed to collapse around us, Rise was a steadfast beacon of hope. The church really is made for these times.

8th Street Academy

In Fall of 2021, the vision and culture of Rise was expanded further into our city under a separate non-profit—Rise Up Education. Dave and Sherry Grey purchased the former Phonics Phactory building in Gresham to launch a new Gospel-centered private school and invest in the future of our city. Through a team of visionaries from Rise, 8th Street Academy was born. This was a vision-filled move to saturate our city with the Gospel through raising up the next generation to thrive in their God-given calling.


Pause Coffee Lab

In March of 2023 the former ticket booth to SkateWorld became Pause Coffee Lab. What was once the space where people gained entry to a skating rink, is now a space for people to gain entry into the life and community of our Church.

Meet Our Team

Rise is led by many different teams of people each with different experiences, giftings, and passions. Some of us are paid staff, and most of us volunteer.

We love what we do, but know that our primary calling is to equip YOU to rise up into living your calling and purpose in God's family and on His Mission. 


What We Believe

Sound doctrine is critical because what you believe determines what you do. God has revealed truth about himself so that we can be in relationship with him. To pursue sound doctrine means to pursue the heart of Jesus.


I’m NEW TO CHURCH and I’m wondering:

Am I going to feel out of place?
No way. We are a church for people who’ve never been to church. We know you’re visiting and we like you. Feel comfortable to be yourself.
What should I wear?
The leaders typically wear jeans and T-shirts. Everyone will be dressed in what’s comfortable. Some people rock button-ups. Others drop Ts. If you look extra snazzy, more power to you. Feel comfortable to be yourself.
I don’t know what happens at church. What am I’m walking into?

Each weekend we gather to hear fresh, relevant, teaching from the bible that will impact your real life. We speak to non-christians and christians alike because we’re a church that exists for our city. A band leads us in a time of musical worship to Jesus. We have response times where people can go be prayed for, take communion (eat bread and drink juice remembering what Jesus did for us), or give to the mission.

You might hear stories, or updates about exciting things happening in the church. We use a lot of video for teaching and communication.

If you’re new, we don’t pressure you to give money, take communion, we actually don’t want you to. We give as a church to create space for you. We genuinely care about you and you’re our valued guest.

I have tattoos, piercings, and pink hair, will people judge me?
Not if you won’t judge us. It would actually be hard for you to have more tattoos than the people at Rise. We have a lot of tattoos. Pink hair is totally cool. We love that you're different and welcome you to join us!

I’m A CHRISTIAN and I’m wondering:

Are you guys serious about scripture?
Honestly, as serious as it gets. We’re excited you asked. We believe the Bible is the authority of God, inerrant, living, active, and powerful to transform not only our lives but our whole city. We love the Bible. We’re getting goose-bumps just thinking about it.
Are you guys seeker-sensitive?

Actually, we think we can simultaneously speak to both Christians and non-Christians. We are persuaded that when you teach robust biblical doctrine, you will connect with the culture and serve those who’ve never stepped foot in a Church. We think doing that in a way that intentionally addresses the questions the culture around is asking is the pattern of the early church in Acts and should be the pattern today. Paul who became “all things to all people” that God might save some is a clear example.

Theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer said it well: “The Church is the Church only when it exists for others…” So we're going to teach the foundational doctrines of scripture, yet, speak them in a way so someone new to Christianity can understand.

Are you guys a prosperity-gospel Church?
We might as well be the opposite. We are a Gospel-preaching, Gospel-driven, Gospel-drenched, Gospel-centered church. We are all about Jesus. We believe in serious, sound, scriptural teaching, which excludes the prosperity and the poverty Gospel alike. At the same time we don’t shy away from God’s command to be generous, nor any other command, for that matter. Our motivation, message, and method is Jesus in everything! Because Jesus + nothing = everything.
Are you guys part of a denomination?

We are what some would call a non-denominational church, in that we are not tied to any denomination and are led by qualified local leaders.

That being said, we think there’s tremendous value and importance to being anchored in the Historic Christian Confessions, imbued by the wisdom of Christian history, and affiliated with the doctrinally sound Christian “tribes” of our day.

In many ways our church is a rare blend of the two tribes: the theologically meaty teaching of teachers like: Matt Chandler, Charles Spurgeon, Chuck Smith, John Piper, Charles Stanley, Augustine of Hippo, RC Sproul, and JC Ryle--AND--the passionate, creative, worship culture of churches like Mosaic Church LA, Hillsong Church, Churchome, or Elevation Church. We know that’s unique combo. But it’s a space we feel Jesus has called us to.



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