Welcome to the Grant Park Church website
Greetings and thanks for stopping by to visit here. In the building entrusted to us many groups are present who care deeply for people. You can learn more about them at the "groups in building" page.
We are a church committed to "serving as Christ's hands, feet and heart." Come and see what God is up to in our midst. We value worship as a place from which our lives are informed and out of which our activity flows. In "worship" we are encouraged to "grow", because none of us has learned everything we need to know.
We treasure "serving" because in serving we learn more about
ourselves and how much God cares for every person in the
world. If you do not have a community of people with whom
you worship, please join with us as we serve Christ. Three
other great churches also meet in the building. You can find
them on the "groups in the building" page. We would love for
you to discover a church home and place from which you
can grow with the Lord. We hope you will know great joy from the
Jesus who said, “I have come that your joy may be complete.”
We treasure freedom, which is a part of our rich heritage as Baptists. We treasure the freedom of faith; freedom in studying, interpreting, and applying the Scriptures; freedom as a congregation trying to understand and serve our community; freedom to learn as we freely examine our world; freedom for all to believe or even not to believe, and freedom to respect and appreciate all whom we encounter daily. Pastor Slayden
Dr. Slayden Yarbrough, Interim Pastor, Grant Park Baptist Church
On April 1, 2015, Dr. Slayden Yarbrough began his tenure as interim pastor of Grant Park Baptist Church. He and Janis are members of Grant Park. Slayden retired in 2001 from Oklahoma Baptist University as professor of religion. He and Janis moved to Denver, CO and remained there until October 2009, when they moved to Vancouver, WA to be close to the family of their son Scott, and to watch their grandson Kellan grow up.
Dr. Yarbrough and Janis are graduates of Hannibal-LaGrange College and Southwest Baptist College in MO. Slayden received a PhD in the History of Christianity from the religion department at Baylor University in 1972. He taught at Southwest Baptist College from 1972 until 1979, when he began teaching at Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee. He remained there until retirement in 2001. In 2005 he had his ordination recognized by the ABCRM and later served as interim pastor in Denver and Boulder, CO. He has served as interim pastor in Oregon at Grace BC, Portland and FBC, Carlton.
Slayden served as the last executive director of the Historical Commission, SBC. He has taught the regional American Baptist History and Polity course in the Rocky Mountain region and in the ABCO (now ABCCPC). He served as editor of the journal Baptist History and Heritage, and as executive director of what is now the Baptist History and Heritage Society. He has written numerous articles on the subjects of church history, Baptist history, and Biblical topics. He also has authored or co-authored three books.
Slayden and Janis are big baseball and basketball fans. They held season tickets to the Colorado Rockies games in Denver and are current season ticket holders of the Portland Trail Blazers.
Their son Scott is a Founding Member and the Artistic Director of Third Rail Repertory Theatre in Portland. Kellan is 8 years old and will be in the third grade at Faubion School in Northeast Portland in the Fall of 2015.