Church of the Promise’s Story
In January 2002, three people began to meet in the Chapel of the Center to read scripture communally and to pray. The agenda of the meeting was to discern if planting a church in Portland was the next right thing to do. This humble prayer meeting evolved into the Portland Promise Community of Faith, a mission-based faith community of the United Methodist Church that met for worship on Sundays and provided volunteers and leadership for the Portland Promise Center programs.
In 2005 the Portland Promise Center purchased a historic warehouse located at 1800 Portland Avenue with a vision to create a hub for spiritual, economic, and leadership development. In 2012 several families from the Portland Promise Community of Faith, with the support of the United Methodist Church, launched a new church called Church of the Promise. The new church renovated a section of the warehouse and took up residence in what they named the Promise Building. In 2015 the church established a non-profit organization called Promise Community Development Corporation. The CDC purchased the building and began to dream of ways to address the economic challenges in Portland through social entrepreneurialism.
The dream turned into reality in the fall of 2015 with the opening of the Table Caf??a sit-down restaurant that serves locally grown food with amazing taste, at an affordable price, where all can enjoy the flavor of community. The Table operates under a pay-as-you-can model and provides a place where our neighbors can dine with a purpose.
The seasons of planting seeds of God?s love and watering those seeds with faith and hope continue. God will cause the growth, and only time will tell where this great story goes next.
We would love for you and your family to join us and to be a part of this amazing story!