Progressive Christian Church, Open and Affirming of LGBTQ

An inclusive Christian congregation, we welcome and support the LGBTQ community, affirming their full participation in the life of the Church. Bethel UCC is located in Beaverton and serves Portland's West side.


Worship: Sunday at 10:00 AM

Office Hours: Monday-Thursday, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Bethel Congregational United Church of Christ
5150 SW Watson Ave
Beaverton, OR 97005
(503) 646-1191

Out-of-towners, visitors, please join us!

What To Expect

Services start at 10:00 AM every Sunday,  Childcare is provided...    More


Learn about how and why we worship...    More


Find out about our diverse music ministry...    More


Watch videos of staff members to get to know them better...    More


As progressive Christians, we believe in the Trinity: God the Creator, Jesus the Christ, and the Holy Spirit...     More

Contact Us

Want to know more? Desiring prayer? Interested in volunteering? Send us a message.

Why Choose a Progressive Church?

Children at Progressive Church, as part of Children's Ministry

Lots of churches teach Jesus' message of love and radical inclusion. But not all churches practice what they preach when it comes to diversity. Many have beliefs and bylaws that disqualify women from leadership positions. And many more deny membership to LGBTQ people.

As a progressive Christian church, we do not discriminate against women or the LGBTQ community in hiring, leadership, or membership.

We teach children, youth, and adults that love means treating all people as we ourselves want to be treated, regardless of gender, preference, identity, or expression. There are no glass ceilings at Bethel. Our Christian faith is 2000 years old, but our thinking is not.

Progressive Christianity

We value and nurture the leadership of women and the LGBTQ community at all levels of church life. We celebrate the diversity of cultures, races...     More

Children's Ministry

The Children’s Ministry is vibrant and blooming here at Bethel...     More

Adult Ministry

Bethel offers adults many opportunities for faith development, community and growth...     More

Youth Ministry

We encourage our youth to get involved in the aspects of church life that appeal to them...     More


How Can I Make a Difference?

With all that is going wrong around the world, it is easy to believe that things must be getting worse. Surprisingly, the world is actually getting better. But still, not all people are fed, not all people are sheltered, and not all people are safe. There remains work to be done, around the globe and right here in Beaverton/Portland. You can make a difference here at Bethel. Click any of the links below to find out how.

Global Missions

Global Missions allows us to reach out into the world. Bethel is involved in our greater community in many ways...     More

Social Justice

Recognizing our common humanity and desiring a fair allocation of community resources is a golden thread running through the Bible...     More

Food Security

The Oregon Center for Public Policy found that over the past three years the percentage of Oregon households with low food security rose at the highest rate of any state in the nation...     More

Affordable Housing

Homelessness is a large problem in Beaverton. There are no shelters within the city limits. Rents are climbing and people are losing their homes...     More

ESL - English Language Learners

Bethel partners with the Beaverton Literacy Council to teach English reading, writing, and conversation to adult immigrants...     More

Beaverton High School Homeless Students

Of the 40,568 Students in the Beaverton School District, 32.8% Qualify for Free or Reduced Lunch. At Beaverton High School, 44% qualify for the lunch program...     More

What is a Gay Friendly Church?

An Open and Affirming (ONA) Christian church and a member of the Community of Welcoming Congregations, we support full inclusion and equality for transgender, lesbian, bisexual, gay and questioning persons.

A gay couple of grooms at their wedding in tuxes holding a rose

What does the Bible say about Gay Marriage?

Homosexuality is a “hot button” issue for many Christians. Answers to the question depend on your belief about...     More

A family: mother, father, boy girl

Are there straight people at Bethel?

Bethel has been in Beaverton since 1880, and we weren't always "gay friendly." But now our congregation is a good mixture of straight and LGBTQ people of many races and ages, Come visit this Sunday and see a Historic Protestant Progressive Christian Church in action!

LBBTQ people and allies embracing in support

Where can LGBTQ people And Allies Find Support?

Bethel is one of a number of LGBTQ affirming churches in our local area. To find out more, visit our affirmiong churches page HERE.