About

Community of Faith Church in West Linn, Oregon, is a “sending church,” sent to love God, love others, and serve the world.

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Service Times, Contact Information, and Location

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Our Staff

Pastor Dave Sorensen

Lead Pastor
pastordave@cofaith.net | Phone: 971.998.4712

dave_portrait_new_1405054236Pastor Dave came on board at Community of Faith as lead pastor in November 2011.  He served 21 years as a pastor of growing churches in California, Washington, and North Dakota.  Pastor Dave is married to Holly, his beautiful bride and has a tribe of 6 kids:  Hannah (now married to Matt), Caleb, Ethan, Abby, Chloe, and Seth.

Dave finds his greatest joy being positioned in churches that want to grow spiritually, numerically and desire to make a Godly impact locally and globally.  He finds satisfaction in watching God change lives and witnessing the power of God at work.  Besides his wife and kids, his greatest asset is his enthusiasm, energy and contagious joy of the Lord.  Pastor Dave spent most of his life in the NW.  He is a graduate of Redmond, Washington High School, Lutheran Bible Institute, Pacific Lutheran University and Luther Seminary.

His hobbies include running, hiking, fitness and hanging out with his wife and kids. Pastor Dave is readily available to meet you about anywhere if Jesus, ice cream, coffee, fitness, or sports is on your mind.

Holly Sorensen

Director of Children and Family Ministry
hollys@cofaith.net | Phone: 701-412-1467

screen_shot_2016-09-05_at_10_28_45_am_1473096547Holly comes to us from the state of North Dakota. She was born and raised in Fargo and moved to West Linn in February 2012 with her husband and six children. Her husband serves as a Pastor at Community of Faith Church and her children range in ages 22 down to 10.

Holly has studied at North Dakota State University, Luther College in Iowa, and Trinity Bible College in Washington State. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree as well as her Associates in Ministry degree.  She has been involved in teaching and ministry for over 25 years and has a huge passion for Jesus, children, and music.

While living in Maple Valley, WA, she worked with the Tahoma School District for over 8 years and become the Founder and Director of a Children’s Music School offering Kindermusik classes as well as private and group piano and voice lessons. She is very excited to serve with the team at Community of Faith and so thankful for the wonderful children that will be coming into her life and heart.

Karin Chesnutt

Director of Music & Worship
karinc@cofaith.net | Phone: 971-207-5608

karin_1363211143Karin has been with involved with worship and music at Community of Faith since the formation of the church.  Before that, she was involved with the worship band at Our Saviors Lutheran Church for many years.  She has been a member of a Lutheran congregation for 20+ years.

Karin is currently involved in music and ministry in the community as a private piano teacher.  Over the last 20+ years, she has accompanied the choirs at Stephenson Elementary, Jackson Middle School, and Wilson High School, and Westside Christian High School as well as many private music studios in Portland.  She has been involved in keeping the arts alive in the Portland Public Schools all that time!

Karin grew up in Portland, attended Sunset High School, was confirmed at Trinity Episcopal Church in Portland in 1983, and received her Bachelor of Arts at Stanford University in 1988.  She is married to Jim, her husband of 26 years, and together they have 3 children: Erika (now married to Keith) who has completed undergraduate work at University of Oregon and is now starting graduate work at Pacific University in Occupational Therapy, Kristin (a Stanford alum also), and Matthew, a student at Whitworth College.

Her hobbies include walking, cheering her kids on in athletic and music events, Women’s Bible Studies, and nurturing musicians in their love of the Lord and worship of Him.

Alex Wenig

Interim Director of Worship Ensembles
alexw@cofaith.net

alex_wenig_pic_small_1509649772Alexandra Wenig joined the worship staff at Community of Faith in the fall of 2017. A Texas native, she previously served as Director of Music and the Arts at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Kingwood, TX, a suburb of Houston. Alex is passionate about music in Christian worship, and values integrating songs and hymns of the modern era as well as sharing powerful music written by saints that walked in centuries before, sharing an ancient, deep, and common experience. These varied styles are reflected in her solo album, Offering, a project which explores her love of spiritually connective classical music as well as her interest in songwriting. All profits from Offering will go to the benefit of Tumaini Orphanage in Soy, Kenya.

Before she was called into worship ministry as a vocation, Alex played for 14 seasons as a member of the Houston Symphony’s first violin section. She enjoys traveling with husband Steve and sons Noah and Gabriel and pursuing beauty wherever it is found.

Julia McBride

Office Manager
juliam@cofaith.net | Phone: 503-303-7035

image002_1477936920Julia comes to Community of Faith with nearly 20 years of administrative experience.  She has learned over time that she loves collaborating with teams to set big goals, working within individual’s strengths to accomplish great things.  Julia has attended George Fox University and Marylhurst University and most recently was Program Assistant to the Dept. of Art, Music and Creative Therapies at Marylhurst University.

Julia is married to Todd, and together they have Lily (13) and Landon (8), as well as a wonderful black lab named Shiloh (10).  The McBrides have lived in West Linn for 10 years, and are in love with this beautiful and friendly community.

In her spare time, Julia loves to play piano, sing with the Marylhurst Choral Union, play outside, and laugh as much as possible.

Our Council

Chuck Gross, President  – chuckg@cofaith.net
Bob Jackson, Vice President –  bobj@cofaith.net
Kim Childs, Treasurer  – kimc@cofaith.net
Dick Bader, Secretary  –  dickb@cofaith.net
John Stageberg, Member at Large (outreach) – johns@cofaith.net
Jill Viggiano, Member at Large (inreach) – jillv@cofaith.net

Our Elders

Head Elder: Tom Grimland – tomg@cofaith.net
Elder: Hal Bayley – halb@cofaith.net
Elder: Betty Thompson – bettyt@cofaith.net

Financial Oversight Team

Richard Espinoza
Kim Childs
John Thompson
Dick Bader
Bob Jackson
Dana Deardorff
Keith Simmons

Charitable Giving Team

Bob Jackson
Kim Childs
Tim Kitch
Sue Kitch
John Thompson
Dave Wright


Statement of Faith

Community of Faith confesses, teaches, and holds fast to the following:

We believe in the Triune God (Matthew 28:19,  2 Corinthians 13:14):

  • The Father, Creator of all that exists (Genesis 1:1, Hebrews 11:3);
  • Jesus Christ, the Son, who became human to suffer and die for the sins of all human beings and to rise to life again in the ultimate victory over sin, death, and the devil (1 Timothy 1:15,  1 John 2:2); and
  • The Holy Spirit, who creates faith through God’s Word and the Sacraments (1 Corinthians 12:3, John 3:5).

We confess and teach the basics of the Christian faith summarized in four brief phrases of the Reformation of the 16th Century—relevant for the past, present, and future church: Grace Alone, Faith Alone, Scripture Alone, and Christ Alone.

Grace Alone

God loves all people, even though sinful, rebellious, and undeserving of His love. He sent Jesus, His Son, to love
the unlovable and save the ungodly (Romans 5:6, Titus 3:4-7).

Faith Alone

By His suffering and death as the substitute for all people of all time, Jesus purchased and won forgiveness and eternal life for them. Those who hear this Good News and believe it have the eternal life that it offers. God creates faith in Christ and gives people forgiveness through Him (Ephesians 2:8, John 3:16).

Scripture Alone

The Bible is God’s inspired and inerrant Word; it reveals both law and gospel; it points us to the only savior of the world —Jesus Christ—and is the sole rule, norm, and authority for Christian life. We believe the Word of God— the Word (Jesus Christ), the proclaimed Word (the Gospel) and the Written Word (the Bible)—is the source and authority for our life of faith (Romans 10:17, Hebrews 4:12,  2 Timothy 3:16).

Community of Faith shall embrace and conduct its operations and ministries in accordance with the Bible. The Apostles’, Nicene, and Athanasian Creeds, and the Book of Concord, attest to the witness of the Bible and will be used as guiding expressions of the Christian faith.

Christ Alone

There is by no other name or way where sins can be forgiven, our relationship with God restored, and eternal life given other than Jesus Christ alone (John 14:6, Acts 4:12, John 3:36).

Members of Community of Faith also uphold these Biblical values: