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Our History

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The Church was established as a church plant by David Omdahl, who was a missionary pastor with the Northwest Baptist Home Mission in 1977 under the name Willamette Valley Baptist Church and met at a facility on River Road. They later met at the American Legion Hall in Springfield, where they changed the name to Charity Baptist Church. They built the current facility at 6364 Main Street, Springfield, Oregon in 1978. We have since changed the name of the church to Springfield Community Baptist Church, and now operate under the name Thurston Community Baptist Church. Since Pastor Omdahl, we have had 7 other pastors, the current pastor is Mike Schellenberg, who started his service in 2016. We are the only "General Association of Regular Baptist Churches" (GARBC) associated church in the Eugene/Springfield area. We are located on the main highway through Springfield to the McKenzie Highway.
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