Charter Oak Community Church is a part of the Evangelical Free Church network of churches, located in Battle Ground, WA., striving to live out the Biblical command to love God, love others and to build community. This means worshiping and following Jesus Christ not only through our words, but also through the lives we lead.
Church can be an intimidating place to visit - especially if you don't know what to expect. We invite you to experience what the gospel means both intellectually and relationally at our Sunday worship service. You can engage with others as much as you want, or remain anonymous if you prefer. We hope that through visiting with us, you will experience the hope, love and joy that comes from a community of people who love Jesus.
- Join us Sunday mornings at 10 am -
Nursery & Charter Oak Kids Programs are available during the service.
You can expect friendly and authentic people, engaging and relevant music and worship, compelling preaching from the Bible, and an opportunity to encounter God. You can expect to find a place where creativity and fellowship come together to worship God in new and exciting ways. You can expect to be encouraged, challenged, convicted, excited and, most importantly, welcomed.
LOVE GOD. LOVE OTHERS. BUILD COMMUNITY.
Danny has been the Lead Pastor at Charter Oak since 1997. He enjoys communicating the core teachings about Jesus in ways that connect with people today. He is passionate about breaking down religious barriers that can keep people from seeing Jesus clearly. He comes across in a transparent and authentic way as he communicates both the struggles and the joys of following Jesus with others in community. He leads our staff team and provides vision and direction for the church along with our church council leadership team. Danny was a youth pastor for 13 years in California before coming to Charter Oak. He holds a B.A. in history from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and a Masters of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, IL.
Danny and his wife, Cindy, have four adult children and five grand kids. They love to go camping and hiking and have visited many national parks. He loves to read and check out the wall of new books at Powell's in Portland whenever he gets the chance. You will find him working in his yard, watching Seahawk or Arkansas Razorback football games, or tuning into Jimmy Fallon's monologue for a good laugh and to keep up with current trends.
How Danny Came to Faith: I grew up in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Although I had attended church, it wasn't until my senior year in high school, on a Young Life ski trip, that I made a decision to become a follower of Christ. While planning on becoming a full-time Young Life leader, I was encouraged to go to seminary. It was at seminary that I decided to work through the ministries of the local church to reach out to kids the way I had been reached through Young Life.
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Robby came on staff in 2015 and works with our middle school and high school youth groups. Robby and his wife, Dianna, have one daughter, Elena. Robby leads two teams of college age and older adults who work with our youth. Our volunteer teams of leaders are vital to Robby in pulling off our mid-week small groups for students. Robby's philosophy is a very relational and outreach-oriented youth ministry.
Robby has a B.A. in Human Development from Western University in Bellingham, WA. He also was a youth intern at Christ the King Community Church for three years. Robby likes to play guitar and cello, go on road trips and have adventures, hikes, play and watch sports, and of course, watch Netflix.
How Robby Came to Faith: I was born and raised in Cleveland, OH by an amazing loving family. As a family, church was not a staple for us, so I was not really raised in a Christian home. We had bounced around quite a bit due to my dad's job and ended up in Pullayup, WA. When I was in junior high, I developed a serious case of depression. Out of an act of desperation, my parents decided to take me to church. It was there that I discovered who Jesus was and decided to pursue a relationship with him. My faith journey was rocky for the first couple of years after high school, but through volunteering in the local youth group, God rekindled my heart to him and gave me a passion to get involved with vocational youth ministry.
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Alice started attending Charter Oak off and on in middle school. After going away for a few years for College, she came back and started working as the Children’s Ministry Coordinator in December of 2018. Alice works with and coordinates programs, such as High Point, Vacation Bible Camp and Sunday School for children ageing a few months to 5th grade. Alice also helps out with the High school youth group. With dedicated teachers for Sunday school and volunteers for other programs, Alice is able to minister to students and help show them how they can make their faith their own. It is important to her that students learn and experience who God is for themselves.
Alice is a recent graduate from Concordia University. There she earned a B.A in Early Childhood/Elementary Education. Through her studies, she learned that each student has a different learning style and how to reach all students. Above that, how to teach the whole child. These are things that Alice finds important and tries to foster with the kids at Charter Oak. Outside of work, Alice plays on an Ultimate Frisbee team in Portland. She also loves to travel, tell jokes, do art, and do everything and anything outside.
How Alice Came to Faith: I was raised in a non-religious family. One of my parents lost their faith when I was very young, after my sister was diagnosed with cancer. After my parents divorced my mother married an amazing military man. Together we all moved to Battle Ground. I found Charter Oak though a friend who attended the high school youth group. We attended for a few years together and participated in the yearly Mexico mission trip. Even though I did not activity believe in God at the time, I enjoyed going and hanging out with friends. On one of those mission trips I had a conversation that lead me to start reconsidering the way I was living and how I viewed the Bible. I realized there was more to life and wanted to live it through Christ. After a few meetings… well a lot of meetings with a few members of the church, I was baptized at 16 years old. Since then, I have been surrounding my self in Christian communities and learning more and more each day about what it means to be a Christian. Now, I have a passion for showing people who God is and reaching those who need Him.
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Tracy has spent the last 9 years raising her family, the majority of her work outside the home has been in retail and office operations. She has been heavily involved in children's and women's ministries with Charter Oak for several years. She has also been involved in another local preschool as a sub. She has worked alongside the former Charter Oak Preschool Director, Susan Larson, and subscribes to her philosphy on teaching and strengthening family bonds.
Tracy has been married to her husband, Matt, for 24 wonderful years. They have two very energetic boys at home, Nicholas and Lucas. Her favorite things to do are travel, crafts and sewing, canning and cooking, and spending time with her boys.
How Tracy Came to Faith: I received the Lord as a young teen and reconfirmed my commitment to Christ our Lord as an adult and have been walking with him ever since.
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Charter Oak is a part of the Evangelical Free Church of America network of churches, which is an association of autonomous churches united around the theological convictions listed.
We believe in one God, Creator of all things, holy, infinitely perfect, and eternally existing in a loving unity of three equally divine Persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Having limitless knowledge and sovereign power, God has graciously purposed from eternity to redeem a people for Himself and to make all things new for His own glory.
We believe that God has spoken in the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, through the words of human authors. As the verbally inspired Word of God, the Bible is without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for salvation, and the ultimate authority by which every realm obeyed in all that it requires, and trusted in all that it promises.
THE HUMAN CONDITION
We believe that God created Adam and Eve in His image, but they sinned when tempted by Satan. In union with Adam, human beings are sinners by nature and by choice, alienated from God, and under His wrath. Only through God's saving work in Jesus Christ can we be rescued, reconciled and renewed.
We believe that Jesus Christ is God incarnate, fully God and fully man, one Person in two natures. Jesus - Israel's promised Messiah - was conceived through the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life, was crucified under Pontius Pilate, arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father as our High Priest and Advocate.
THE WORK OF CHRIST
We believe that Jesus Christ, as our representative and substitute, shed His blood on the cross as the perfect all-sufficient sacrifice for our sins. His atoning death and victorious resurrection constitue the only ground for salvation.
THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe that the Holy Spirit, in all that He does, glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ. He convicts the world of its guilt, He regenerates sinners, and in Him they are baptized into union with Christ and adopted as heirs in the family of God. He also indwells, illuminates, guides, equips, and empowers believers for Christ-like living and service.
We believe that the true church comprises all who have been justified by God's grace through faith alone in Christ alone. they are united by the Holy Spirit in the body of Christ, of which He is the Head. The true church is manifest in local churches, whose membership should be composed only of believers. The Lord Jesus mandated two ordinances, baptism and the Lord's Supper, which visibly and tangibly express the gospel. Though they are not the means of salvation, when celebrated by the church in genuine faith, these ordinances confirm and nourish the believer.
We believe that God's justifying grace must not be separated from His sanctifying power and purpose. God commands us to love Him supremely and others sacrificially, and to live out our faith with care for one another, compassion toward the poor and justice for the oppressed. With God's Word, the Spirit's power, and fervent prayer in Christ's name, we are to combat the spiritual forces of evil. In obedience to Christ's commission, we are to make disciples among all people, always bearing witness to the gospel in word and deed.
We believe in the personal, bodily and premillennial return of our Lord Jesus Christ. The coming of Christ, at a time known only to God, demands constant expectancy and, as our blessed hope, motivates the believer to godly living, sacrificial services and energetic misison.
RESPONSE AND ETERNAL DESTINY