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

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Pastor 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.


Ethan Sorensen

Youth Pastor
ethans@cofaith.net | Phone: 701-412-1522

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Ethan graduated at Azusa Pacific University in Southern California with a Bachelor’s degree in Christian Ministries. He is passionate about teaching, empowering, and discipling the younger generation deeper into knowing the love of Jesus and to actively participate in Christ’s mission of reconciliation. Ethan’s heart is for fostering a community of belonging and becoming who God has called and created the Body of Christ to be through pursuing relational and intergenerational ministry together. In the upcoming years, Ethan is eager to push forward in his ambition toward seminary and complete his Masters of Divinity in the Portland area. Outside of church, he enjoys being outdoors, traveling, playing a variety of sports, reading a good book, or gathering around a table with good food and good conversation with others.


Melody Hues

Director of Worship and Music
melodyh@cofaith.net | Phone: 559-230-9770

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Melody joined the Community of Faith in May, 2020 during the COVID-19 era of virtual worship. Having lead worship in the Fresno, CA area for many years, Melody and her family moved to Oregon in 2016 where she resides with her husband and two children.

While in Fresno, Melody owned a thriving music studio that offered music classes in piano, violin, guitar, mandolin and voice. She also offered full-immersion classes in Spanish for all ages. Melody holds a bachelor’s degree in Music and Spanish from the Universidad de Barcelona, a teaching certificate from Fresno Pacific University, and a master’s degree in Spanish Language from Middlebury College.

As a songwriter, performer and worship leader, Melody’s hope is that through music you will find rest, hope, grace, comfort, and that you will encounter Jesus in a strong and passionate way.


Kendra Sawatsky

Elementary & Young Family Lead
kendras@cofaith.net

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Kendra has a heart for raising up the next generation so they can come to know Jesus in an intimate way. Her own walk with the Lord was shaped by mission experiences she had in her childhood as her family led YWAM intergenerational teams to countries around the world. After high school, Kendra attended the University of the Nations and studied discipleship, principles of children and youth ministry and photography. God has used all of her experiences in training her own children through mission trips, ministry to the homeless and home schooling. It is her greatest joy to see children thrive when they are given opportunities to learn about God and then share what they have learned with others. She is excited to see what God will do for the children of this church through the ministry of the whole church. At home Kendra loves to extend hospitality as well as keeping up with her photography and finding new creative projects to do.


Laura Heidgerken

Business Manager
laurah@cofaith.net | Phone: 503-303-7035


Laura joined Community of Faith as business manager in January 2019. As a founding member of Community of Faith in 2010, Laura is passionate about this body of believers and in growing God’s Kingdom.

With an extensive 30-plus years in government, political and non-profit work, Laura brings vast experience in policy, communications, operations and team building to the Community of Faith team. She has enjoyed many years of teaching Sunday School, leading preschool choirs, elementary, junior and senior high youth groups and participating in small group Bible studies. Laura spent many years coaching youth soccer, and now thrives on spending time with her grandchildren. In her spare time Laura can be seen cheering on the Portland Timbers, watching football and rugby or taking in live theater and musical performances.

Having served on church council and as an elder, Laura relishes the opportunity to serve God with the outstanding, dedicated and Jesus-loving staff at Community of Faith.


Julia McBride

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

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Julia grew up in a pastor’s family moving where the Lord called, including, Minot, ND; Lubbock, TX; Springfield, MO, New Orleans, LA; and Coquille, OR before graduating from high school in Beaverton, OR. She attended Portland Community College and George Fox University.

Educational and work experience opportunities abounded as Julia served in roles with A Christian Ministry in The National Parks, Youth With a Mission, and doing medical mission work in Honduras. A joy of swimming led Julia to become a certified life guard and swim instructor while working in the public school system as an instructional assistant working with special education students. Following her marriage to Todd McBride, Julia worked in administrative and executive assistant positions in the non-profit sector before spending time at home when her two children were born.

Julia has been office manager at Community of Faith Church since 2016. She continues to be amazed by how God has pulled together many of the best experiences of her life to bring her to this community where we seek to Love God, Love Others, and Serve the World.

Our Council

Tom Grimland – elders@cofaith.net
Bob Jackson, Vice President
Doug Jones
Dick Bader, Secretary
John Stageberg, Member at Large
Dana Deardorff, Member at Large

Our Elders

Head Elder: Don Tomfohr
Elder: Jill Viggiano
Elder: Salome Miller
Elder: Becky Robertson
Elder: Chuck Solum
Elder: Tom Heidgerken

Charitable Giving Team

Karen Grimm
Tim Kitch
Linda Kruschke
Doug Jones
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: