Welcome to the page celebrating the 45th Anniversary of MCC Portland. Founded in 1976 MCC Portland has been through many different chapters and has touched countless lives over the past decades — as we aim to do well into the future. Check here again for more memories, videos, and information added to celebrate our anniversary.

Let us know how MCC Portland has made — or is making a difference now — in YOUR life! Help us celebrate by adding to our Anniversary Blessings and Memories: Share your favorite memory or your good wishes by pressing the “write a new entry” box below. You can also share a brief video (mp4 or mob format; 2 mins max), a favorite picture (jpg or png), or a letter (PDF) as an email attachment to digital@mccportland.com.

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Dylan Patterson-Sims from Portland wrote on January 25, 2021 at 2:59 PM:
I started coming to MCC Portland in December 2005, right after I came out. I knew that I was gay and that I was a Christian, and MCC helped me reconcile the two. I met my husband there about 9 months later - our 2nd date was the Rev. Glenna Shepherd's farewell celebration at the Peace House (and we're still going strong 14-1/2 years later). We were married in the beautiful sanctuary at 24th & Broadway in August 2015. In my 15 years at MCC Portland, I have seen many changes but through it all the love of the people remains strong. We are now in our shared building in SE Portland and I see a bright future ahead of us. The connection we have with our community partners at Common Ground Presbyterian gives me hope for our future. As we celebrate the past 45 years, we also look forward... Read more
I started coming to MCC Portland in December 2005, right after I came out. I knew that I was gay and that I was a Christian, and MCC helped me reconcile the two. I met my husband there about 9 months later - our 2nd date was the Rev. Glenna Shepherd's farewell celebration at the Peace House (and we're still going strong 14-1/2 years later). We were married in the beautiful sanctuary at 24th & Broadway in August 2015. In my 15 years at MCC Portland, I have seen many changes but through it all the love of the people remains strong. We are now in our shared building in SE Portland and I see a bright future ahead of us. The connection we have with our community partners at Common Ground Presbyterian gives me hope for our future. As we celebrate the past 45 years, we also look forward to the next part of our journey as we continue our mission to spread the good news of Jesus: that God loves you just as you are.
Susie Shepherd from Portland, Oregon wrote on January 24, 2021 at 1:20 PM:
Holy cow! 45 years! So many memories--Those first AIDS memorial services--Thank God we didn't know how many of our Fellowship, of our community, we were going to have to bid farewell to back in those early days. The Holy Unions, joyous occasions long before we dared dream that we would see marriage equality--knowing that the Blessing of God on our unions was more important than any the State could give! Oh, Robin--yes, the Sing-Spirations! Those were a blast! MCCP provided safe haven for the first recovery groups in Portland that were all-gay (we were all "gay" then--alphabet soup hadn't been invented yet!) The SRO community meetings when the Oregon Citizens Alliance threatened the very existence of our community with their extremely phobic ballot measures--and the grim determination of our people, fortressed by God's love--to battle them to defeat. Most of the time. And the community we had to to support... Read more
Holy cow! 45 years! So many memories--Those first AIDS memorial services--Thank God we didn't know how many of our Fellowship, of our community, we were going to have to bid farewell to back in those early days. The Holy Unions, joyous occasions long before we dared dream that we would see marriage equality--knowing that the Blessing of God on our unions was more important than any the State could give! Oh, Robin--yes, the Sing-Spirations! Those were a blast! MCCP provided safe haven for the first recovery groups in Portland that were all-gay (we were all "gay" then--alphabet soup hadn't been invented yet!) The SRO community meetings when the Oregon Citizens Alliance threatened the very existence of our community with their extremely phobic ballot measures--and the grim determination of our people, fortressed by God's love--to battle them to defeat. Most of the time. And the community we had to to support us when they prevailed. And how excited we would be when The Rev. Troy Perry, founder of all MCC 's, would fly up to Portland from L.A. to preach! Man, could he preach! We were blessed beyond words to have MCCP when we did--that corner of NE 24th & Broadway is truly hallowed ground.
Richard Poole from Forest Grove, OR wrote on January 24, 2021 at 11:36 AM:
In 2010, after a long distant dating with Royce, I planned my first trip to Oregon to finally meet him in person in March. I was so touched that he told me to be sure and bring a nice shirt, pants, and tie because I would be attending Church with him at MCC. That was the first time to hear Pastor Nathan preach, and I was impressed with his message.
In 2010, after a long distant dating with Royce, I planned my first trip to Oregon to finally meet him in person in March. I was so touched that he told me to be sure and bring a nice shirt, pants, and tie because I would be attending Church with him at MCC. That was the first time to hear Pastor Nathan preach, and I was impressed with his message.
Sir Robin R Hixson from Vancouver, WA wrote on January 21, 2021 at 1:45 PM:
I started attending MCCP in September of 1975 before it became a Charter at Centenary Wilbur at 215 SE 9th near where Sandy Blvd and Burnside connect. My invitation to attend was from Jim Archer who I met at GMT, (Gay Men Together) which was a group that met on Wednesdays at PSU. Those days were exciting at that time. A. Austin Amerine came to Portland to be Senior Pastor and was the basis of it sustaining growth from that period on. Fantastic sing-a-longs after service with Denis Moore on the Organ or Piano. None of us wanted to leave. I guess I'm considered the "Old Timer" now as I began attending when I was 21 years of age and I'm now 66+ and supposedly retired. I'm still quite active as I underwrite 2 MCC missions in Cuba and 1 in Puebla, Mexico where I reside in the winter months.
I started attending MCCP in September of 1975 before it became a Charter at Centenary Wilbur at 215 SE 9th near where Sandy Blvd and Burnside connect. My invitation to attend was from Jim Archer who I met at GMT, (Gay Men Together) which was a group that met on Wednesdays at PSU. Those days were exciting at that time. A. Austin Amerine came to Portland to be Senior Pastor and was the basis of it sustaining growth from that period on. Fantastic sing-a-longs after service with Denis Moore on the Organ or Piano. None of us wanted to leave. I guess I'm considered the "Old Timer" now as I began attending when I was 21 years of age and I'm now 66+ and supposedly retired. I'm still quite active as I underwrite 2 MCC missions in Cuba and 1 in Puebla, Mexico where I reside in the winter months.
Maury Evans from Albuquerque wrote on January 20, 2021 at 5:12 AM:
I had the pleasure of having MCCP as my church home from 1996 to 2017. During that time. My church family welcomed my gospel trio We3 for concerts. MCCP also hosted my Christmas musicals written by myself and Mark C. Brown which became a Christmas tradition for my last 5 years there in Portland. I have fond memories and made many friends at MCCP.
I had the pleasure of having MCCP as my church home from 1996 to 2017. During that time. My church family welcomed my gospel trio We3 for concerts. MCCP also hosted my Christmas musicals written by myself and Mark C. Brown which became a Christmas tradition for my last 5 years there in Portland. I have fond memories and made many friends at MCCP.
Philip Patterson-Sims from Portland wrote on January 11, 2021 at 4:08 PM:
When I came to MC portland in 2006 I was glad to see many people who shared my Christian beliefs, admittedly I wasn't sure what I would see. I found others who had been pushed out of main stream churches because they were treated as less than, like a gay person couldn't be saved. Within a year i started dating the most perfect man for me. Instead of spending the rest of my life alone, we got married there, 5 years ago. MCC Portland is our home and our chosen family. The church has had some struggles but I have seen God continue to work there. Lives are changed when they find love and acceptance where there used to be rejection.
When I came to MC portland in 2006 I was glad to see many people who shared my Christian beliefs, admittedly I wasn't sure what I would see. I found others who had been pushed out of main stream churches because they were treated as less than, like a gay person couldn't be saved. Within a year i started dating the most perfect man for me. Instead of spending the rest of my life alone, we got married there, 5 years ago. MCC Portland is our home and our chosen family. The church has had some struggles but I have seen God continue to work there. Lives are changed when they find love and acceptance where there used to be rejection.
Dave Dishman from Longview, WA wrote on January 8, 2021 at 11:46 AM:
In our history of living in the previous building at 2400 NE Broadway, we paid the mortgage off twice. First time about 1993, second time about 2003/4 . The first time that happened we made a copy of the note and burned it on the alter. It was quite an event. The congregation gave a standing ovation. The second time was completed with a fundraiser, and we had a good slogan - "debt free in '03".
In our history of living in the previous building at 2400 NE Broadway, we paid the mortgage off twice. First time about 1993, second time about 2003/4 . The first time that happened we made a copy of the note and burned it on the alter. It was quite an event. The congregation gave a standing ovation. The second time was completed with a fundraiser, and we had a good slogan - "debt free in '03".
Tristan from Vancouver, WA wrote on January 7, 2021 at 12:31 PM:
Congratulations to MCC Portland for reaching 45 years! Thank you for all you have done for the church, local community, and even global outreach. I wish you many future blessings and for another 45 years... and beyond!
Congratulations to MCC Portland for reaching 45 years! Thank you for all you have done for the church, local community, and even global outreach. I wish you many future blessings and for another 45 years... and beyond!