Grant Park Baptist Church has been a fixture in the neighborhood since 1926, and we are glad to be here. We are a small congregation that hosts two preschools, three other diverse churches, and various organizations in our building, including the Grant Park Neighborhood Association. But we are much more than just landlords and a gathering place for others. We are pilgrims on a journey seeking direction wherever our roads take us.
We are Baptists, but bear no resemblance whatsoever to the Westboro Baptists and other highly intolerant conservative traditions that have hijacked our good name. We welcome all people, regardless of age, gender, race, political leanings, religious background, sexual orientation, or any other factor. We welcome all pilgrims and seekers, all who want to find a place of sanctuary, a place to think, learn, grow, and serve. We are Baptists who love, promote, and practice freedom--universal freedom--freedom to inquire, freedom to learn, freedom to decide on complicated issues, and freedom to be diverse while uniting together for the common good. We believe in God, we believe in science, we believe in education, and we believe that in our diversity there is a core of common good, common hopes, and common accomplishments. We seek the good in others, not the bad. We believe that the practice of freedom makes us all better--better persons, better organizations, and better friends. We see Jesus as a liberator who has set us free to learn, to become, to work with others.
Grant Park Church is committed to being a good partner with our community in working together to make this a better place to live, work, and play. "Partnering" is very descriptive of our mission. We recognize that there are many organizations, institutions, and groups that are not religious in orientation, but who do so many good things for Portland and her people. We see an "unofficial" relationship with all who contribute to the betterment of our neighborhood and our city. And, in many cases, we actually cooperate with them whenever possible.
To this end, we are adding a new page to our website. You can see it by clicking on the link above which says, "Partnering." Information on this page will describe the groups and projects with which Grant Park Church works to simply do good things in the neighborhood and city. If your institution, organization, or group has an upcoming project and would like to enlist our church as a co-partner, please contact us and we will work at "partnering" with you for the betterment of this place where we all live.
Grant Park Church meets on Sundays at 11:00 am. All are invited to join us for worship as pilgrims on the journey of life.