Free Methodist Church
Portland, Oregon USA
Who We Are:
The Eastside Free Methodist Church is a member congregation of the Free Methodist Church of North America. We are a welcoming and growing faith community of people from all age-groups, social and economic levels, ethnicities and backgrounds. We come together to worship God and share our common beliefs as people who recognize the need to worship and be in relationship with our Lord and Savior. We believe that the Bible is the true word of God, and we hold to the truth and tenets of the message within for our daily lives, desiring to live in obedience to God's Word. While we realize it is difficult to live this way in today's world, we encourage each other to hold each other accountable, to hold out and hold up the love and grace of God to a hurting and fallen world.
We believe in one God, manifesting Himself as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We believe that Jesus was fully God and fully human, and that He lived a sinless life on earth before dying on the cross to atone for the sins of mankind, and then rising from the dead. By believing on what He has done and receiving Him into our life as Lord and Savior, we have the incredible privilege of being adopted into the family of God and sharing in the hope and joy of Heaven! We believe, as Jesus commanded us, to make Him known to all nations. To share in the joy of a living Savior, knowing that by believing and following, a place for us in Heaven has been prepared.
The Free Methodist Church was organized at Pekin, New York, in 1860. The church founders had been members of the Methodist Episcopal Church but were excluded from its membership for too earnestly advocating what they saw as the doctrines and usages of authentic Wesleyan Methodism. With the leadership of the Rev. Benjamin Titus (B. T.) Roberts, a graduate of Wesleyan University, the movement spread rapidly.
The name "Methodist" was retained for the new church because the founders thought that their strict adherence to "Methodism" was what caused them to be expelled from the Methodist Episcopal Church in the first place. The word "Free" was adopted in the name because this new church was anti-slavery, and the practice of selling or renting seats or pews would no longer be allowed. Another aspect of the word freedom represented the freedom from secret and oath bound societies, (in particular the Masonic Lodge), so it's members could and would have full loyalty to Christ. With this as it's foundation, the church has grown through the years to the place where we find it today.
The Eastside Free Methodist Church began in South East Portland in the very early years of the 20th century, celebrating our 100th year recently. The church has moved a few times during that century, finding it's way to it's current location in early the 1990's. The building went through a major remodel and reconfiguration in the latter part of the 1990's.
In February 2016 the building suffered major damage due to an arson caused fire. With insurance coverage, and over 7 months of work, the building was repaired and restored and now once again is available for congregations and community to share the facility.
From the National Conference:
MISSION: "To love God, love people and make disciples."
VISION: To bring wholeness to the world through healthy biblical communities of holy people multiplying disciples, leaders, groups and churches.
The Free Methodist Church is a Methodist Christian denomination within the holiness movement. It is evangelical in nature and is Wesleyan-Arminian in theology..
The Free Methodist Church World Ministries Center is in Indianapolis, Indiana.