Introducing Village

History

Purpose

Leadership

The Village Story

Our multicultural community is the result of faithful people who over the ages, were
compelled by the love of Jesus to see a kingdom of love realized on earth.
In 1949, Forest Grove Baptist Church planted a church in a suburb of Portland called Marlene Village. The new faith community, which met in the building that today is our front office, desired to serve the neighborhood surrounding the church campus. Village Baptist Church was born. Led by Pastor Frank Dobra, we grew to 200 participants and a new worship space was then built. This building, currently known as our Chapel, was completed in 1967. Under Pastor Bob Luther’s leadership, it was dedicated “ …for the extension of Thy kingdom, through missionary endeavor and worldwide evangelism, for the upbuilding of the immediate community and for the spreading of good will to all men and all races.” 
1949
1970s-1980s
This desire to serve all people and all races, both at home and around the world, continued under Pastor Don Jensen who arrived in 1969. In the 1970s and 1980s, Washington County continued to grow and diversify. Our faith community, increasingly referred to as simply “Village,” also grew. Pastor Jensen continued to teach about our calling to be a multicultural community in Christ. Cross-cultural missions was often emphasized in his preaching.
In 1991, Pastor Jensen shared lunch with a Korean family who had visited Village. Soon they joined Village along with more and more Korean families, forming what is now our Korean Fellowship. Over the next two decades, Village’s leaders embraced a Hispanic Fellowship, a community of native Spanish speakers from all over South & Central America, as well as Chinese, East Indian, and second generation Asian American community members who formed ethnic fellowships. Village 2020
1991
Village 2015
1998-2009
Under Pastor Paul Edwards (1998-2000) and Dr. John Johnson (2000-2016), we continued to learn how the Gospel of Christ is good news to all people. Always focused on the Scriptures, we saw that the community of God in heaven is comprised of people from every nation and that God calls us to be that community of heaven here on earth now. In 2009, we built our Worship Center to increase collaboration of our diverse community and serve our Washington County neighbors, organizations, and like-minded churches in the Northwest region.
Our church logo, reimagined in 2018, conveys light, growth and community. Centered around a stylized “V” representing our name, the logo encourages us to personalize its meaning. We have heard of community members using it to the four parts of our mission. Or, as one person at the beginning of their spiritual journey said, “Perhaps the “V” is God welcoming us with open arms; the Father, Son and Spirit are represented by three graphical elements and the fourth, at the top, is us.”
2018
Village Logo
Lead Pastor Paul Choi
2018-2021
Following Pastor Ken Wytsma’s time as Lead Pastor (2018-2020), we are compelled more than ever to be culturally unique, ethnically colorful, and beautifully united in Jesus. We welcomed our 9th Lead Pastor, Pastor Paul Kyu-Jin Choi in February 2021. Pastor Paul was an internal candidate who served in many roles at Village, beginning with Pastor of Korean Fellowship and Pastor of Ethnic Ministries. He was born in South Korea, grew up in New Zealand, and was educated in Canada, the United Kingdom, and the USA.
To honor and celebrate our differences during the COVID-19 season in our history, our online Sunday services in English, Korean, Spanish, and Mandarin included different styles of worship but all invited us to recognize our common need for salvation and God’s embrace across 35 nationalities and even more cultures.
2021
In September 2021, we were honored to merge with Simple Truth International Church and welcome their community as our Japanese Fellowship. Simple Truth International Church was started in 2014 with three families as a house church. They set their focus and mission to those who have Japanese cultural and language heritage such as international students or married couples. In 2020, Simple Truth began renting space from Village, built a great relationship with our pastors and directors, and they grew a desire to join Village. For several months, they prayed and sought the Lord’s guidance about this transition and integration with leaders of Village before joining our congregation in 2021.

Annual Report 2023

Reflecting back on 2023, we are so thankful to God for His ministry at Village Church. As you read these reports from ministry leaders, we hope you are blessed to reflect on 2023 and are excited about what 2024 has in store.
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What We Believe

We are a missional, multicultural community in Christ, the result of faithful people, who across the ages, were compelled by the life of Jesus to see the Kingdom of God realized on earth. In discernment of the Missio Dei (mission of God), we pursue our covenantal commitment to God and to one another.
Mission, Identity, Core Values

Village Staff

NANCY ANDERSON

Director of 
Pastoral Care

Ananda bossois moura

Director of Worship
and the Arts

RORY BROWN

Operations and 
Admin Coordinator

CHARLOTTE BRYAN

Communications and 
Digital Media Coordinator

Paul Choi

Lead Pastor

Delia Coker

Assistant Director of Pastoral Care

DAN CRAWFORD

Co-Director of DNA Group Ministry

Pete DellaSantina

Associate Pastor

MEGAN EWALD

Village Café Manager

DREW FAJEN

Pastor of Youth and Their Families

MONICA IBARRA

Assistant Director of Youth
and Their Families

Melisa Ho

Counselor-in-Residence

RUTH JONES

Nursery Supervisor

John Jordan

Associate Lead Pastor

RUTH JORDAN

Village Kids Director

Michelle Juetten

Community Development Coordinator

Insil Kang

Senior Director of Integration

Johann Kim

Theologian-in-Residence

SHERI MOXLEY

Event & Facility Scheduler

 

Christian Neufeld

Senior Manager of Operations

Aleida Rivas

Director of Women's Ministry

Mauricio Rivas

Pastor of Hispanic Ministry

YOSHIKI SAEKI

Pastor of Japanese Ministry

JEREMIAH SHIM

Pastor of Korean Ministry

JIM SMITH

Co-Director of DNA Group Ministry

Ben Spotts

Executive Director

FAY Wern

Administrative Specialist 
to the Lead Pastors

Yangwe Yoo

Administrative Specialist

Staff (not pictured) 
Patty Deiser, Finance Manager
Paul Korth, Facilities Manager
Freddy Quan-Torres, Sound & Video Tech Coordinator

Lead Team

Paul Choi

Lead Pastor

Pete DellaSantina

Associate Pastor

John Jordan

Associate Lead Pastor

Insil Kang

Senior Director of Integration

Mauricio Rivas

Pastor of Hispanic Ministry

Ben Spotts

Executive Director

The Village Council

Comprised of councilors identified by a Nominating Committee and then elected by the congregation, this group sets the direction for Village and holds us to our mission and vision. Councilors (9-13 people not including any lead pastors) serve up to a maximum of three terms which are two years each.

Paul Choi

Member & Lead Pastor

Wonjae Kang

Secretary

Dave Lewis

Treasurer

David Moxley

Vice Chair

Kamal Polumaru

Chair
Council Members (not pictured)
Karen Fancher
David Joe
Patty Orozco

Committees & Commissions

Nominating Committee
Personnel Commission
Stewardship Commission

Contact

330 SW Murray Blvd 
Beaverton, OR 97005
Phone: 503-643-6511

Front Office

Mon-Thurs 9am-4pm
Fri 9am-12pm
Sat-Sun closed

Worship Center

Mon-Tues 8am-4pm
Wed 8am-7:30pm
Thurs-Fri 8am-4pm
Sat closed
Sun 8am-1:30pm

Village Café

Mon-Fri 8am-2pm
Sat-Sun closed