What We Believe...
The Dalles First Christian Church is an independent governed congregation with elder oversight. We have strong ties to the heritage of the Restoration Movement. We follow the Lord's plea for unity. We support all believers who accept Jesus as Lord of their lives. We don't consider ourselves the only Christians, but "Christians only". We look to the Bible as the inerrant Word of God. We follow the New Testament in matters of faith and practice. We observe communion on a weekly basis and follow the Biblical pattern of conversion. Church members have exhibited their faith in Christ by belief, repentance, public confession of faith, baptism (immersion), and a continual faithful obedience to Biblical standards of living. We stand firm on the essential doctrines of the faith, but observe freedom in the non-essential areas of Christian life and belief.
First Christian Church
The present day First Christian Church congregation in The
Dalles was established in 1892 by John W. Jenkins. There
were 24 charter members. According to a notice in the local
newspaper The Chronicle, the actual legal organizing of the
group was done by J. T. Eshelman. The organizational meeting
was held in the Court Room of the Old Court House. The
emerging church borrowed facilities from several
organizations in town while getting under way. The group was
able to build promptly and their building was dedicated to
the service of the Lord on September 2nd, 1893 by William F.
Cowden. A. D. Skaggs was the minister from 1896 to 1897
followed by Gentry Rushing in 1899.
You Are Welcome Here
We’re delighted you’re checking us out here at First Christian Church. Whether you’re looking for a new church, getting back to church after some time away, or trying church for the first time, this might be just the place for you. You’ll find normal folks looking to God, the Bible, and one another for some answers to life’s questions. We try to live out the love and grace of Jesus Christ as we share life together. And wherever you are in your spiritual journey, our worship, sermons, programs, and events are designed to help you take the next step in that journey. We’d love to walk together with you.