Our Name

Our name comes from the two elements Jesus used to describe himself and his sacrificial death. Bread represents his body broken. Wine represents his blood shed. These two images represent our community because we are a people formed by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Jesus used the image of “bread & wine” while seated around a communal meal with his closest friends. In this way, it also reminds us of the open, inclusive, ever-celebrating nature of a community that invites Portland to come and see the implications of a life lived with Jesus at the center.

Our Identity

The gospel changes who we are.

We aren’t defined by what we do. We are defined by what God has done in the person and work of Jesus Christ. What we do is based upon and motivated by what God has done and who God has made us to be. This is all the outworking of faith in God. We don’t define the church by activities, buildings, or programs.

Because of who God is and what he has done, we are forever new. Given a new identity in this world. Though society and culture says, “you are what you do” or “you are where you came from,” the gospel speaks this truth instead: because God is father, and through his son he has adopted you, you are a beloved child of God.

Our Vision

The gospel transforms cities culturally, socially, and spiritually.

  • We see Portland reconciled to God through Jesus
  • We see our neighborhoods and city without need
  • We see renewal  of Portland culturally, social, and spiritually
  • We see gospel communities forming in every neighborhood
  • We see new churches planted throughout Portland, North America, and the world.

We are a family of missionary servants– learning to follow Jesus together.

Learners. We are people who follow Jesus and continually learn how to obey him. Learning is not simply head knowledge and creeds, but learning is lived. We are disciples of Jesus who take responsibility for our own development and the development of others. This happens through shared life.

(Luke 2:52; Matthew 28:18-20; Ephesians 4:11-13; 2 Timothy 2:2).

Family. In light of our faith in Christ, we have been adopted into the Family of God. We are children of God who live and care for each other as a family, brothers and sisters. The mark of a community informed by the gospel is sacrificial love for one another.

(Genesis 12:1-3; John 1:12-13; Romans 12:10-16)

Missionaries. We are sent by God to restore and reconcile all things to himself. Jesus sends his family and followers on the mission of restoration. We are made agents of reconciliation, sharing the message of hope in Jesus. We speak the good news to others and we participate in it, by stepping serving communities.

(John 1:14; 20:21; Colossians 1:19-20; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21)

Servants. We are servants of God who serve others as a way of life.

(Matthew 20:25-28; 25:31-46; John 13:1-17; Philippians 2:5-11; 1 Peter 2:16)

Our Leadership Team

Equipping disciples for the work of ministry. Every disciple is a full-time minister.

This is our team of servant-leaders who are leveraging their lives to serve, train, and equip the people of bread&wine to grow in our love for Jesus, one-another, and our city.

Elders

Our elders are appointed to care for the big picture health, effectiveness, and spiritual growth of our church. They lead in a variety of ways but primarily through a commitment to prayer, teaching, training, and pastoral care.

ANDREW CAPLINGER

Elder | Worship and Liturgy

andrew@breadandwine.org

SHARAD YADAV

Staff Elder | Preaching and teaching

sharad@breadandwine.org

Deacons To Help Us Love The City

These servant leaders are helping our gospel communities engage the mission of loving our neighbors in this city. They serve as connection points, support, and pioneers to connect the gifts and lives communities to the needs around them.

BERNADETTE TAYLOR

Deacon | Mission with people struggling with homlessness

bernadette@breadandwine.org

CAROL JOHN

Deacon | Mission with people at risk to sex trafficking

carol@breadandwine.org

JESSICA WILSON

Deacon | Mission with families and children at risk of being separated

jessica@breadandwine.org

Deacons That Help Us Be The Church

These deacons are servant-leaders who help create an environment where we, as a church can function and pursue spiritual growth. Each of these deacons are a huge help to the church so we can be a functioning community that grows in our love for Jesus, one-another, and our city.

RACHAEL BLOSSER

Deacon | Hospitality

rachel@breadandwine.org

JOSH CHERIAN

Deacon | Media & Communications

cherian@breadandwine.org

DAVID DAMON

Deacon | Finances

david@breadandwine.org

COLETTE EATON

Deacon | Administration

colette@breadandwine.org

JAN FARNSWORTH

Deacon | Children’s Ministry

jan@breadandwine.org

Our Partnerships

Soma Communities

“Soma” literally means “Body” in Greek and refers to our broader connection with like-minded churches. Together we are seeking to create a movement of “gospel communities on Mission” saturating North America with gospel centered churches, planting churches.