Thursday, March 15, 2018

former Mars Hill Portland church Redeemer Church in Portland has filed articles of dissolution according to Oregon Secretary of State

Last time we looked at the situation at former Mars Hill Portland, it seemed it was reincorporating.  Since Wenatchee The Hatchet is a native Northwesterner who grew up in Oregon it hasn't been a whole lot of work to occasionally inquire into the status of Redeemer.  But sometimes commenters provide helpful information.

For instance:

Anonymous said...
Articles of Dissolution were filed 3.14.2018 for RedeemerPDX, see attached link -

Kevin Kelly has been terminated & Tim Smith has Resigned as Senior Pastor

And according to the Oregon Secretary of State articles of dissolution for Redeemer PDF were filed yesterday.


There's a "reinstatement amended" for the 3210 Taylor Street, too.

UPDATE 03-16-2018 0608

As noted in the earlier post, it's not clear that Redeemer PDX is actually shutting down.  Reincoporation is going on, perhaps, and reorganization.

One of the legacies of the network of churches that were once Mars Hill is there's almost always something by way of audio and social media.  So someone has run this by WtH.

and knowing that among the Mar Hill network of churches pastors have a history of listing their CVs on a network ...

Tim Hemphill

Interim vice president at Redeemer church pdx
Vancouver, Washington
Nonprofit Organization Management

Interim vice president

Redeemer church pdx

– Present (1 month)Portland, Oregon Area
Helping the church during a transition season. Doing some interim preaching.
It looks like there's a transition season.  Since my familiarity with the culture and history of what was once Mars Hill dates more back to the earliest years of Mark, Mike and Lief through the 2008 period Hemphill is a name that rings no bells at all, but he's mentioned being interim VP at Redeemer during a transitional time.  So the church itself may not be dying as such but this, as they say, a recently breaking development in terms of online documentation

UPDATE II 03-16-2018 17:27

NEW DEVELOPMENT - Even though Kevin S Kelly has been terminated it appears he is still involved with RedeemerPDX in helping new leadership team transition to an as yet unknown existence - See attached link to a new Application filed later the same day with State of Oregon for Redeemer Church to continue as an organization. Note who is the Authorized Representative not the Authorized Agent & that the mailing address for the organization is not the church but Kevin Kelly's home address - Seems sort of odd.

So maybe my earlier guess that the church isn't permanently dissolving so much as reincorporating and re:launching might be a decent guess.  But it is, after all, still a guess. 


Anonymous said...

UPDATE ON REDEEMER CHURCH Portland OR as of 8.3.2018
Redeemer church Portland OR voted unanimously to join Door of Hope Effective July 19, 2018 see the following for more information - Thought you might like to know about this – Additional Info & the transition timeline is on Redeemer’s Facebook Page.
Facebook Announcement of Transition Schedule dated July 24, 2018 at 3:37pm
Hey Redeemer! As was announced on Sunday, our Board voted to join Door Of Hope. Here are some dates to remember over the next few weeks until we join them at Revolution Hall:
-Sunday, July 29 - Josh White will be preaching on their core values and lots of other information on how to serve in and connect to DOH - you won't want to miss it
-Sunday, Aug 5 - Tim will be back preaching in Psalms
-Sunday, Aug 12 - Tim will preach our last service as Redeemer Church. We'll have a family style celebration of what God has done in and through our church
-Sunday, Aug. 19 - join DOH for Sunday services at Revolution Hall
**Please like and share this post so word gets around!**
Door of Hope's FAQ Regarding Merger can be found on Door of Hope's website -

PC said...

Door of Hope is taking over the Mars Hill building and doing renovations. I was told Tim Smith will be given the option of being on staff at DOH, don't know if that'll pan out or how accurate that is. I was told that DOH was seriously looking at the Mars Hill building for their church before Mars Hill moved to Portland but Mars Hill had the cash (thanks to the Global Fund I believe) and swooped in, bought it and then asked approval from DOH to buy the building after the fact.

I noticed Redeemer (Mars Hill) installed a new board and then quickly voted on dissolving the church. What happened? Is that kind of action normal for dissolving churches? I can't imagine they'll be forthright with the DOH members about what went down based on past experience.

Wenatchee the Hatchet said...

some good questions, for which I don't really have answers.

From the esoteric insider-baseball coverage of the building Door of Hope has had, it seems like it would have made sense for DOH to want another building. Getting scooped by MH PDX sounds plausible, though from up here in Puget Sound there's only so much I can dig into those kinds of things.

It seemed like Redeemer was preparing to dissolve for a while and then it seemed up in the air but assimilating into DOH makes it seem as though they're basically dissolving by assimilating into another church.

There's actually more stuff here at this blog about Tim Smith than most of the other former pastors from MH apart from the bigger more obvious names.

Anonymous said...

Fyi - Redeemer Church planned to make a go at it at launching as a new church, but quickly realized that they didn't have the funds or the membership to make that possible. They then started entertaining the idea of a merger and Josh White and the other pastors quickly swooped in. A merger seemed like the only real choice, though the term merger isn't quite what is happening. Door of Hope is taking over the space and the members of Redeemer Church have the option of joining Door of Hope or moving on. Sounds like they're renovating the building and will start meeting there at the turn of the new year or maybe at Christmas.
/former Redeemer Church member

Wenatchee the Hatchet said...

while more detailed information can be interesting some of the stuff that gets posted is a bit too specific for a blog like this. Documenting that a board is listed for public consideration vs not listed would be in bounds for what this blog has published in the past (and present). More detailed stuff about behind-the-scenes that can't be corroborated is less likely to show up.

That said, the former MH PDX has a curious history just in terms of the public record. There was that vandalism incident in which no arrest was made and there were no long-term leads. Local PDX coverage had comments from people who believed that, if anything, the whole thing was more likely a false flag operation to promote the new MH in PDX. Whether or not that was really the case can't be known but it's worth noting that there were some comments on news stories about the vandalism that showed at least some PDX locals thought a false flag act of vandalism of MH property was conceivable.

Anonymous said...

As a longtime anarchist-leaning Portland resident, who was completely opposed to Mars Hill Portland existing, I can vouch for the fact that this would be entirely common behavior here. In addition, I know of firsthand witnesses of trustworthy repute that can confirm that real life protestors had an issue with the church plant. I find it a great stretch of the imagination that this would have been a publicity stunt, based on the people I know who were there, and my over three decades of living in Portland. I would personally let them of the on this one.

Wenatchee the Hatchet said...

fair enough.

Some comments on the incident at the time, however, were suggesting some kind of false flag, although that might be thoroughly Portland, too. Grew up in Oregon before heading north so I still have some memories of Portland, though I was more in the valley.

PC said...

Tim Smith is now the Executive Pastor of staff and ministries for Door of Hope.

Wenatchee the Hatchet said...

sounds like rising quickly through the ranks. Waiting for 2020 to do a where-are-they-now survey of the campuses but this is a helpful update, brief though it is, PC.