Oregon’s booming Samoan congregation

By Faith News Note,

Three decades after forming as the White City Church in the Rogue Valley, a group of Samoan Christians joined the Adventist Company, purchased a building, and burned the mortgage during a weekend celebration.

The thriving congregation of the Central Point Samoan Church started in 1991 in White City, and 13 years later joined the Adventist Company, according to Northwest Adventist

It was organized into the sisterhood of churches Dec. 10, 2009, and changed its name from White City Church to Central Point Samoan Church in 2016.

The congregation of just over 100 worships Christ while preserving Samoan customs, traditions, and languages. In 2012, they bought a church building and fellowship hall, and members sacrificed financially to pay off the mortgage within eight years. Pastor Talaelei Uta presided over the festivities on a high Sabbath, Sept. 25, 2021, during the official dedication of the church to the Lord and burning of the mortgage papers. During the weekend festivities, with its theme “To God Be the Glory,” the church hosted nine Samoan pastors from five conferences. Read more.

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