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About Us

Putting love to work by helping break the cycle of poverty and homelessness

Agape Village is a compassionate ministry community that offers long term support and relationship to anyone looking to break the cycle of poverty, addiction,  and/or homelessness.  What started as an effort to simply provide a safe place for people to be has grown into a continuum of care and support for those working toward a new life.

Our Story

Our story began with Portland Central Church of the Nazarene's desire to truly live out the greatest commandment - to love God and to love our neighbor.  In 2016 the church embarked on a journey to better understand the community they existed and began asking what does it look like for us to love this community like Jesus.  After about a year of serving in the community, vision meetings, and planning the church made the decision to move forward with building a tiny house village on the property to provide a safe place for people to stay while they worked on finding housing and accessed other services.  Then began the process of working with the city to determine necessary permitting and other zoning issues.  

In 2018 Agape Village, the non-profit, was launched and building began.  Construction was done with volunteers from Cascadia Clusters, Agape Blitz, Union Gospel Mission, Central Nazarene Church, Tivnu, and many other youth groups, schools, churches, and organizations from around the Portland area and even from throughout the country.  It truly was a team effort!  After all that work we welcomed our first group of villagers in December 2019.

Since that time we have added staff, added services, and even partnered with Nexus Church in Beaverton to help open a single family shelter on their property!  All in an effort to love God and love our neighbors!

Meet The Team

Board of Directors

Dana Harden – Board Secretary

Retired Credentialist – Adventist Medical 

 

Judy Johnson

Retired Attorney

Wayne Aus

Cloud Solutions Engineer – Oracle Corporation

Roxanne Brown

Oregon Pacific District Church of the Nazarene Missions International President

Family & Community Connections Pastor at Oregon City Nazarene Church

 

Max Jetton

Retired Pastor in the Church of the Nazarene

Our Partners

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