On June 10, 1951, there were sixty men, women, and children who gathered at the VFW Hall on Washington street in Milwaukie, Oregon to worship together for the first time and to lay the foundation for a brand new church. In 1951 Milwaukie was still a rural community of little more than 5,000 residents. However, it was a place that was poised to grow and those gathered wanted to be ready to make an impact for Christ. The church would be known as First Baptist and from the very beginning it was committed to preaching the Bible, reaching people for Jesus Christ, and taking the Good News of God's grace to the ends of the earth.

First Baptist, Milwaukie was always a church on the move. Its first pastor was Virgil Savage, and within five months the church had bought property at 42nd and Monroe; and within five years the church had built a 350-seat worship center for the unthinkable sum of $125,000. In 1965, the church built a yet larger worship center, and in 1996, added an expansive East Ministry Center.

Today, we are known as GracePointe Church. Though the times have changed and styles are different, we are still the same community of faith - standing on the Word of God, looking to the ends of the earth, and reaching our own community with the Good News of God's grace.


GracePointe Church is a biblically centered, culturally relevant, multi-generational church that is focused on impacting the world with the Good News of God's grace beginning with our own community and reaching around the globe. At GracePointe, you'll discover a vibrant community of faith that is...

~Refreshingly Authentic

~Marked by Grace

~Committed to Truth

~Passionate in Worship

~Fueled by Prayer

~Compelled to Serve

~Eager to Grow

~Always Reaching Out

~Dreaming of the Future

...We believe in the Bible as the inspired, perfect Word of God and the final authority for all we believe and everything we do.

...We believe in Jesus Christ, that He is the eternal Son of God and the only way to the Father.

...We believe in salvation; we are saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in the finished work of Jesus Christ alone.


GracePointe Church has always been committed to building partnerships with other churches, educational institutions, ministry organizations, and individuals to work together toward God's Kingdom purposes in the world. Since our beginning we have been associated with the CB Northwest; a voluntary association of independent churches committed to the truth of the Bible and working to reach people for Christ. We are a committed partner with Western Seminary in raising up new generations of Christian leaders. We actively support the other local churches of our area, working side by side with them to meet the needs of those in our community and to display a unity in Christ.