About The Dalles First Christian Church


Located in the beautiful Columbia River Gorge, 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


he 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.

Join Us in Worship


Why did God create us? He is God and he didn’t need for anything. But He created us and He created us for a reason – worship. We were simply made to worship Him. God created us and initiated a relationship with us and as part of that relationship we actively express in word and action our response to Him with worship. But worship becomes even more powerful when its done as a group. When we have the opportunity to share our lives and worship with each other we build each other up. We hold each other accountable and that helps to keep us from stumbling. And if we do stumble, there is a hand there to help pick us back up and show us God’s presence on this earth.

Worship is not about us and what we want in a “service”. Its about God and what He wants as we worship Him. We have several different worship services so that you can express your worship to God. Our Friday night service is potluck followed by worship all starting at 7:00 PM. We worship together in more conventional, blended style beginning Sunday 10:30 AM. 


Join Us

First Christian Church
909 Court Street
The Dalles, OR 97058
Phone: 541-296-6189
Fax: 541-296-1506

Service Times

Friday Service 7:00 pm
Sunday School 9:15 am
Sunday Service 10:30 am