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The people
Paul Anderson and Clint Bidleman became inseparable friends in the eighth grade. Paul, a skater since age 11, and Clint, since age 14, grew up in the San Luis Obispo, California skate culture in the late 70's and early 80's. Fellow teammates on the Central Coast Surfboards skate team, they both emerged as top freestyle competitors.

Skating, drugs, alcohol, stealing wood to build skateboard ramps - it all went together. But at age 17, they both underwent a radical lifestyle change when they individually came to know Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord through the bold witness of obedient Christians.

In 1987, the 23-year-olds were sponsored amateur freestyle skaters attending a Portland Oregon Bible College, and informally skateboarding with local neighborhood skaters. One night while studying, Paul met some skaters on campus who had wandered away from a gym night at nearby Central Bible Church. Returning the skaters to the gym, Paul was encouraged by Central Bible Youth Intern John Stone to come weekly and minister to skaters who didn't fit in. Determined to follow the path Jesus had for them, Paul and Clint then joined forces with Youth Pastor Mark DeYmaz and founded Skatechurch in the Central Bible parking lot.

Tragically, Clint passed away in 1993 from the AIDS virus after contracting HIV in 1983 through a blood transfusion he received following a near fatal motorcycle accident. His famous 180 tracts remain on the merchandise page of the website as a memorial to his faithful service to Christ and the skaters of the world.

The place
The Skatechurch building was completed and dedicated in 1996, through a sizeable donation from a member of Central Bible Church.

The ministry
The past 30 years have been a testimony to answered prayer and God's power to save souls and change lives.  Paul and his staff affirm with wholehearted zeal, "The gospel is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes" (Romans 1: 16), that prayer is the backbone of spiritual ministry, and that one plants, another waters, but it is God who causes the increase (see 1 Corinthians 3:5, 6).