Skatechurch, a non-profit Christian ministry, has been reaching out to skaters in the greater Portland
area with the Gospel for 30 years. Our 6,400 sq. ft. skate park, called the "Warehouse" is located
behind Central Bible Church in the Gateway neighborhood of northeast Portland.
The past 30 years have been a testimony to answered prayer and God's power to save souls and change
lives. Co-Founder and Executive Director, Paul Anderson 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).
Four age specific outreach skate sessions are held weekly at 6:30 pm on separate evenings. These age
specific outreach groups include: Peewee, Junior High, High School and Over-18.
Halfway through each skate session, skaters are required to sit and listen to a 30-minute Gospel
presentation by one of the staff called the "Bible Talk." Session attendance peaks during the winter
months when about 100 skaters attend weekly.
In addition to the outreach sessions, about 15 skaters who want to study the Bible with their peers
and the staff, attend separate discipleship-oriented Bible Studies. These optional Bible studies
meet before the Junior High and High School skate sessions. Attendance at the extra Bible studies
are not required in order to skate at the outreach sessions, but are made available for skaters
who want to grow in their walk with Christ.
Skatechurch currently has five leadership staff plus another 25 staff members serving in a variety
of volunteer positions including: mentoring, registration, video, web, administration and construction.
To learn more about how to start and run a ministry to skateboarders watch our
"How To" Video