Hello! Thanks for visiting our website! I am Ken Garrett, pastor of Grace Church, Portland. After 23 years working as a paramedic, much of it in downtown Portland, I completed studies at Western Seminary, and soon after was called to serve our wonderful church. My wife and dearest friend of 37 years, Sharon, and I have been here at Grace since 2003.
I was born and raised in Portland–and I do love this city. To me, this city is a dear community made of people just like me who do their living, working, playing, eating, loving, etc., in the same place as me.
I am preoccupied with the grace of God. After a few years of trying to find my footing and gain assurance through my own efforts to excel in my faith, the inexhaustible grace of God found me, and delivered me from my joyless Christianity. I trusted in Jesus to love and save me from my sins when I was a teenager, but it wasn’t until my late thirties that I began to trust in His grace to carry me through every day as His follower. He saved me, would save me in the future, and (this was the part I’d missed) was saving me every day, every hour.
And, as if I hadn’t been blessed enough—God saw fit to allow me to serve Him as the pastor of this dear, beloved church—Grace Church! I hope you can visit us sometime soon and that we have a chance to meet face to face. Until then, thanks for the cyber-visit—make yourself at home, see what we’re all about, explore what we believe, etc., and don’t be a stranger!
Yours, by His astounding grace,