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 lead 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 obsessed with the grace of God. It permeates every part of my life. It was the jarring and unexpected, though desperately needed, discovery of this endless, freely granted, unconditional grace of God that changed my life. 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. When I reached out for the grace of God, found only in Jesus, and only by those who have given up on the self-help, you-can-do-it, try-harder approach to life, I left an old, dusty, confined spiritual world I’d created, and was suddenly, astoundingly, thrust into a new, expanding world of joy, peace, and healing. Before I knew it, I was hooked, and will never leave that world.
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,