Our Nazarene History

13Nazarene Beginnings:
        Our Christian Church came into being in the first century, following the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ and subsequent to the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost. In the year 323 Christianity became the official religion of the Roman Empire. The Roman Catholic Church was the dominant organization.
In the sixteeneth century, the Protestant Reformation, led by Martin Luther and others, gave birth to many of the great denominations we know today. In the eighteenth century the Evangelical Revival occurred in England, nurtured chiefly by the ministry of John and Charles Wesley and George Whitefield. Their emphasis was upon living a victorious life through the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit. Out of this the Methodist movement was born.
As the years passed, the preaching and teaching of the doctrine of the Spirit-filled life, sometimes called entire sanctification or Christian holiness, began to wane. This resulted in the organization of such denominations as the Wesleyan Methodist and Free Methodist churches, which sought to revive the doctrinal emphasis of John Wesley. There was a widespread holiness revival not only in Methodism itself, but also among most protestant denominations. Out of this revival many holiness associations were formed and began to band together for mutual encouragement and support. It was out of this movement that the Church of the Nazarene was born.
First Nazarene Church:
     The first “Church of the Nazarene” was organized in 1895 in Los Angeles, California, under the inspired leadership of Dr. Phineas F. Bresee. In ten years time dozens of churches had been organized under the Nazarene banner. Dr. Bresee’s burning passion was to spread scriptual holiness around the world. This has continued to be the motivation behind the church throughout its history.
As time went by, numbers of independent Wesleyan groups began to talk of uniting. October 13, 1908, marked the official date of the formation of the Church of the Nazarene in Pilot Point, Texas, with several associations joining them. Subsequently, other groups have chosen to come under the Nazarene banner, not only in the United States, but also in other parts of the world.
The Church of the Nazarene had an international dimension from its beginning. By the uniting assembly of 1908, Nazarenes served and witnessed not only in North America but also as missionaries in Mexico, The Cape Verde Islands, India, Japan and South Africa — living testimony to the impact of the 19th-century missions movement upon religious bodies that formed the present-day Church of the Nazarene. The international roots of Nazarene compassionate ministry lie in the early support for famine relief and orphanage work in India. An extensive medial work developed in Swaziland, and other compassionate ministries have developed around the world. The Church of the Nazarene is now represented in over 159 countries of the world and has a membership of well over 1 million, distributed in over 13,600 congregations.
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Our Nazarene Heritage:
     The Oregon City Church of the Nazarene continues this deep heritage today, focusing our resources on Christ-like ministries to save the lost, assist the needy and foster spiritual growth among the body of Christ. The Oregon City Church of the Nazarene was chartered on August 17, 1930 with founding Pastor Samuel Linge.
Under Pastor Roscoe Hohn’s ministry, our second church building was constructed (now known as Hohn Hall). The first church, affectionately known as “Snyder Hall” became our teen center and fellowship hall.
The first service in the third building was on October 7, 1973 with Pastor Robert Sutton delivering the message, “My Church”. Hohn Hall became our fellowship hall.
In February, 1998, under the direction of Pastor Chris May, Snyder Hall was burned to make room for the new May Activity Center (gym and classrooms) which was dedicated on Easter Sunday 1999. This building challenged us to significantly shift our ministry focus beyond the comfort and security of the church family. A renewed desire to touch the hearts of children and teens who do not know the joy of salvation was ignited among us. 
In 2016, under the leadership of Rev. David Shankle, we were able to pay off our $210,000 mortgage debt in 105 days!  The “Miracle May” campaign was a success in so many ways … we paid off the gym, ministries grew, we were able to do several building maintenance projects and God continued to bless our Church.
We have worshiped at this site for 90 years in August, 2020! Now that you know a little about us, we hope you will come visit some time