Meet our Pastor!
Since March of 1994, Douglas W. Timmons has served as Lead Pastor of Forest Grove Assembly of God Church.
Pastor Doug is married to Terri, his wife of over 35 years. Prior to their arrival in Forest Grove, Doug and Terri served as Associate Pastor or Senior Pastor in four other churches in Oregon: Coquille, Waldport, Lincoln City and North Bend. Pastor Doug received his Christian Workers Certificate from the Oregon District Council of the Assemblies of God in 1979, his License to Preach in 1980 and his Certificate of Ordination with the General Council of the Assemblies of God in 1983.
Along with pastoring the local church, Pastor Doug has served the Oregon Ministry Network (formerly known as the Oregon District Council) on several committees over the years. Terri also served on the Oregon District Women's Ministries Board of Directors for more than 10 years. She has been a teacher at Westside Christian School (WCS) for over 10 years and currently serves as Principal of WCS.
Doug and Terri have been featured musical guests for Oregon District Councils, Camp Meetings and Minister's Retreats. Terri has directed worship teams for several Camp Meeting events and Doug has served as the musical guest or worship leader for several District Men's Retreats.
The Timmons have two adult children: Trisha Lynn, who married Samuel I. Dixon in July of 2003; Travis Wayne, who married Jackilyn J. Callender in July of 2007. Travis joined the pastoral staff as the Next Generations Pastor in September of 2011.
Pastor Doug and Terri have three grandsons: Eric Ian Dixon (Sam and Trisha's first child) born April 9, 2008, Nathan Wayne Timmons (Travis and Jacki's first child) born May 13, 2012 and Miles Robert Dixon (Sam and Trisha's second child) born October 18, 2012
Pastor Doug is an avid fisherman and sports fan. Terri enjoys shopping, reading and working with children.
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The Assemblies of God grew out of the Pentecostal revival, which began in the early 1900s in places such as Topeka, Kansas, and the Azusa Street Mission in Los Angeles. During times of prayer and Bible study, believers received spiritual experiences like those described in the book of Acts. Accompanied by “speaking in tongues,” their religious experiences were associated with the coming of the Holy Spirit on the Jewish feast of Pentecost (Acts 2), and participants in the movement were dubbed “Pentecostals.” The Pentecostal movement has grown from a handful of Bible school students in Topeka, Kansas, to an estimated 600 million in the world today.
Many participants who were baptized in the Holy Spirit during revivals and camp meetings in the early 1900s were not welcomed back to their former churches. These believers started many small churches throughout the country and communicated through publications that reported on the revivals. In 1913, a Pentecostal publication, the Word and Witness, called for the independent churches to band together for the purpose of fellowship and doctrinal unity. Other concerns for facilitating missionaries, chartering churches and forming a Bible training school were also on the agenda.
Some 300 Pentecostals met at an opera house in Hot Springs, Arkansas, in 1914, and agreed to form a new fellowship of loosely knit independent churches. These churches were left with the needed autonomy to develop and govern their own local ministries, yet they were united in their message and efforts to reach the world for Christ. So began the General Council of the Assemblies of God.
Assemblies of God churches form a cooperative fellowship. As a result, the organization operates from the grass roots, allowing the local church to choose and develop ministries and facilities best suited for its local needs.