History & Vision
Come to me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
We want everything we do
to point to Jesus.
Athey Creek Christian Fellowship started in 1996 when Brett Meador moved to Portland with his family. After 12 years on staff at Applegate Christian Fellowship, he sensed God calling him to start a church. The fellowship began with a small group of believers who met at Athey Creek Middle School to study through the Bible, verse-by-verse. We continued to study through the Word in this way and the church continued to grow. When it became obvious that we had outgrown the middle school, the Lord, in His perfect timing, provided a warehouse building in Wilsonville. A short five years later, we moved into a building of our own in West Linn. After meeting in our West Linn building for a few years, the Lord stirred our leadership to pursue multiple campuses across the Portland Metro Area. In addition to our West Linn Campus, we now have campuses in Salem and Sherwood.
From the start, the vision for ACCF has been clear and focused: we want everything we do to point to Jesus. For us, it means that we keep things simple. Acts 2:42 outlines the model of the early church, “And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.” We take this verse to heart and make sure that we conform to that pattern in the various ways we minister. We view the church as a refuge, a hospital of sorts, where those who are lost, hurting or worn out feel welcome. Our hope is that we all find the healing and refreshment we need as we stick to the early church example.