The Piatts are Headed for Portland

The Piatts are Headed for Portland March 5, 2012

It’s nice to be able to talk publicly about this after several months. My wife, Amy, has been called to serve as the new senior minister of First Christian Church in Portland, Oregon. I’ll be on staff part-time as well, heading up growth and development. My title is still a work in progress, but basically, I’ll be helping grow the reach and presence of the congregation in the community.

We’re thrilled, humbled and a little sad all at the same time. For eight years, we’ve built up Milagro Christian Church in Pueblo, Colorado from a handful of idealists gathered in our living room to what it is today. We would not be able to move on to this new adventure if we weren’t confident that Milagro is ready to become something wonderfully new without us, but it’s hard to let go of something we love so much.

We brought the kids up this weekend for a visit, took them too famous Portland haunts like Voodoo Doughnuts, Powell’s Books and the riverside trails. WE got a few sprinkles, but surprisingly no rain for a winter weekend.

The leadership and congregational votes were unanimous in all cases which, though unexpected, provides some welcome momentum stepping into a significant challenge, leading such a significant flagship church. We’re still wrapping our minds around it, but the prospects are thrilling.

Thanks much to those who have offered their prayers, encouragement, support and recommendations. And a special thanks to the good family we love at Milagro. We can’t wait to watch what unfolds next for this community. We have faith that what we have helped start will only be a preface to a much richer, longer story to come.


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  • Johanna KU

    We are so excited about the possibilities this brings for your family, for the church, and for the community. We can’t wait for your arrival. Also, I heard the staff is awesome. 

    Johanna Kennelly Ullman
    Assistant Minister at First Christian Church
    Portland, Oregon

  • Melanieschlimm

    I so wish I lived in Portland!  My sister and her family do, however, and I will be urging them to visit you and your new church family.  I am in small town, Iowa, but God is there, too…sometimes hard to see, but ever present!  🙂  I long for a vibrant, Jesus-loving church family in my local community…I’ll keep praying…and in the meantime, God bless you in your new adventures!

  • Christian–

    Welcome to the Pacific Northwest!  Portland is such a great place to live, and its proximity is a great blessing for me in my life.  I look forward to reading what you have to blog about in your’s and Amy’s ministries in PDX. 

    Yours in Christ,
    Rev. Eric Atcheson
    Pastor, First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
    Longview, Washington 

  • Deborah Arca

    Portland is lucky, lucky to have your family coming to town!  I’m excited for you!   Portland is such a cool city….  Blessings on the move prep and leave-taking….

  • Lynnette Li

    I rejoice with you and your family! A new adventure begins. 

  • Put a bird on it!

    (Sorry, just had to squeeze out at least one “Portlandia” reference.)

  • Anonymous

    You’ll spend lots of time and money at Powell’s. You’ll be a Duck’s fan! So much to do. I’m jealous.

  • Aspiechristian

    Grace and blessings to you and your family. Thank you for sharing your hope and happiness. I can’t help but feel excited for you. May God continue to bless and grow you spiritually, and provide your every need for your new ministry, and your new congregation.