Our church started out in 1960 as a branch Sunday School of the First United Pentecostal church on NE Killingsworth, pastored by Rev. and Mrs.Klemin. This work was started because there were many of the families who lived on the east side of town. As a Sunday School branch, the families met just on Sunday mornings in an old farmer’s grange hall on 102nd and SE Stark. Later on, a mid-week service was added but on Sunday evenings, everyone went to the First United Pentecostal Church on Killingsworth.
In the beginning, there were three families that assisted
Bro. and Sis.
Klemin with the services.
Bro. and Sis. Art
Hill (Sis. Renee Higgin’s
father), Bro. and Sis. Reynolds, and Bro. and Sis. George Sponsler.
Sponslers moved to Visalia, California (his home town)
where he accepted a teaching position with the Visalia school system. After
a year, the Sunday School branch was
ready to become an autonomous church.
received a call from Bro. Klemin asking him to come back
to pastor the church.
He accepted the
invitation and the family moved back to Portland in the summer of 1965. Upon
Bro. Sponsler’s installation, he decided
to name the church the Neighborhood
United Pentecostal Church. Bro.
Klemin would come to preach on Wednesday
nights and Sis. Klemin would teach or preach on Sunday mornings.
the grange hall was sold and the church had to
The new location
was near 80th
and SE Stark.
It stayed there a
until the present day property was purchased and a building was started.
foundation of the first part of our church was poured on
a very cold Labor Day in 1967.
graciously blessed with one miracle after another until the building
was very small and
There were some
discouraged and left saying there would never be a church built on this
They failed to
was God’s desire and not just man’s will.
The first part of
our present day church was finished in 1967.
Lord continued blessing the congregation and they were
increasing in numbers.
1994, Bro. George Sponsler needed help to meet all the
demands of a growing congregation. After
praying about it, his son, Rev. Michael Sponsler was contacted. The
decision was made and Rev. Michael
Sponsler would become the new pastor of the Neighborhood United
Sponsler would be the pastor
Mike Sponsler assumed his new position in February of
summer of 1995,
Mike Sponsler and his wife Miriam opened a Christian school at the
It was called the
1998, Pastor Sponsler felt led to change the
church’s name to the Apostolic Worship Center.
school’s name changed to the Apostolic Christian Academy.
some time in late winter or early spring of 2005, God
began to deal with Bro. & Sis. Mike Sponsler about returning to
It was during the
school’s Student Convention in May that the Lord told Bro.
Mike that our guest
speaker that year was to be our new pastor.
His name was Ted
Lord began working out all of the details that summer.
and Sis. George Sponsler moved to Kansas City, MO to be
closer to her family.
Ted Graves was voted in
100% by church
Sis. Mike Sponsler’s last service was December 5, 2005.
history was compiled
by Sherry Felts.