BridgeTown Inc. Staff
Since then almost all their ministry service has been in Oregon, with the bulk of it right here in the Portland Metro area. Needless to say, the big city is one of their favorite things!
Marshall and Lesley founded Bridgetown in 2003 with an “Oh God, You know” premise. Committed to loving people, and setting the table for the Church to let her beautiful light shine, Lesley and Marshall have enjoyed watching God do his work through all the various BridgeTown environments, and through His people!
Serving together in life and ministry is considered an incredible privilege, not afforded to many couples, and they are thankful!
True north westerners, Lesley and Marshall love to wile away time in local coffee shops, but they also love spending time together with their boys Samuel and Noah.
I now know it was Gods grace alone that He brought me here. At one of my lowest points, God demonstrated His love for me and His children, through Bridgetown at Night Strike.
It didn’t take long for me to know it was where I wanted to stay and serve for a very long time. In Sept. of 2011, I started raising support to join full time staff, as the overseer of our Btown Kids program and our Social Media. I’m still very involved with Night Strike, but God has me focusing on the people of North Portland through Btown Kids/Families. Last year I co-coordinated one of our sites, and this year I’m incredibly blessed to over see both, and launch 2 more sites!
Throughout my life I have experienced the pain of divorce, molestation, death of a loved one and the confusion of a blended family. My story is riddled with brokenness but I’m glad that it did not stay there. I’m proud to say that God has taken all my brokenness and replaced it with joy and love for others.
In 2009 I felt compelled by God to move to Portland, OR, to work with Bridgetown Inc. It has been the best three years of my life and each year God’s goodness expands even farther. I started as an intern just wanting to make a difference in someone’s life.
Through that experience and my continued involvement in Bridgetown I was given the opportunity to take on the role as Director of Transformation Trips, encouraging, educating and equipping hundreds of students and leaders each year to make a difference in their communities.
God truly is good!
It was then that I decided that it wasnʼt just ok for me to be coasting through my Christianity. It wasnʼt ok to be looking only heavenward while there were people suffering in the world around me.
I believe simply that the gospel is for a people whoʼs time is in the here and now. I want to live my life in a way that refuses the passive approach to the world problems. The biggest way that I get to do this is with my role in Bridgetown inc. It is with this privilege that I get to live my faith out loud.
I wake up daily with energy and excitement to help those who need it. It is truly my honor to work along side of the local church as well to help facilitate platforms to share the gospel through relationship.
If I can watch someone be messed up by grace and love, I consider that a great day. For more information you can email me or follow my blog
Then something happened. I experienced what I desperately was searching for so long. This dark life of believing I wasn’t loved, I saw Jesus sweeping away the brokenness off the path I have been walking on. I started to see what was underneath all of what I believed and the result was that I WAS LOVED! From there on, Jesus exposed himself to me in the most significant way possible and continues to do so.
Thanks to a simple search through Google, I have now been serving the last two years with Bridgetown Inc. First as an intern and now as the BTown kids Director. My testimony has developed into a passion— to show kids they are worthy of becoming something greater than they believe. My heart is overwhelmed with joy that I get to be a part of BridgeTown Inc. and the BTown Kids program.
Four years ago I was introduced to BridgeTown Inc., a ministry that actively loves the broken and marginalized by meeting basic needs as well building lasting relationships. Their Night Strike ministry is what drew me in. My connection with the guests under the Burnside bridge was unexpected as my preconceptions were broken down and continues to do so.
I am now the director of Night Strike and have the opportunity to train up new leadership as well as oversee our many activities under the bridge as they are lead by our staff. I’m am constantly humbled and blessed to work with volunteers and see the Lord teach them the same as he did for me.