Something new at First Baptist Church

Easter, of course, is the Christian celebration par excellence of the new things that God does. Life out of death. Forgiveness out of guilt and shame. Hope out of despair.
Not to be melodramatic, and not to load too many expectations on any collection of events and persons, but as we approach Easter 2015, the First Baptist community is looking up after a challenging 2014.

On March 15 ten new members received the Right Hand of Fellowship in the 11 AM service, five of whom we had recently baptized. Others are waiting in the wings.

Rev. Chris and Renee Shade

Rev. Chris and Renee Shade

On March 22 our new Associate Pastor, Rev. Chris Shade, joined us in worship. He will join our loyal pastoral team members, Rev. Peter Im and Rev. Ed Stelle, making our pastoral team complete for the first time in a good while. Pastor Chris will serve children, youth and their families, and will also be involved in worship and worship planning.

Here is some information about the Rev. Chris Shade: Chris graduated in 2011 from the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley with a Master of Divinity. He has served in youth and family ministry at Shell Ridge Community Church in the SF Bay Area.

Before he was a pastor, Chris was a New York University-trained actor and director participating in productions of “The Importance of Being Earnest,” “Catch-22” and “Hamlet,” among others. He brings his skills from the acting world into ministry with the goal of creating engaging narratives to draw listeners closer to God and deepen their faith.

In 2008 Chris married Renee Barillot who has recently graduated from the Presidio Graduate School with a Master of Business Administration. The two of them live with their adorable mutt, Baxter, and are excited to see all that Portland has to offer.

Join us for a moving celebration of the incomparable story of Holy Week, with services on Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday and Easter. Renew relationships with the Risen Lord and brothers and sisters in Christ, welcome the Shades into our midst, and embrace hope.

—Dr. David L. Wheeler