Thank you for taking a few minutes to learn more about Westgate. We believe that, as individuals and as a local assembly of believers, our highest priority is to honor God and to allow Him to accomplish His work in and through our lives. We are not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ, and we stand unapologetically for the "old time religion." Our church services don't seek to entertain, but rather to edify, educate, and enrich people through the faithful preaching and teaching of the Bible—the inspired Word of God. Most of all, our desire is to magnify our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
At WBC, God is the center of all we do. Our biblical preaching permits us to search the Scripures during every message. Our music is rich and traditional in style, exalting the Lord. Our activities include countless opportunities for fun, fellowship, and encouragement—but always in a way that draws our attention back to the Lord as the provider of all that is good and wholesome.
The motto of Westgate Baptist Church is "Building Lives With Purpose." Our desire is to see individual lives and families changed by the power of the Gospel. True purpose in life can come only as we know and love the Savior. If you have never personally placed your trust in Jesus, we would encourage you to consider the Bible's teaching on how you can have eternal life by truly knowing Christ.
Our earnest desire at Westgate Baptist Church is to be of help to anyone who is spiritually hungry and searching for the seemingly elusive answers to life's probing questions. We believe those answers can be found in the Word of God, and we believe that knowing Christ is the only way anyone can find ultimate satisfaction in life. If WBC sounds like a place that might be of help and encouragement to you in your spiritual walk, then we look forward to having you visit us soon. We think you'll be glad you did!
The purpose of Westgate Baptist Church is to exalt our magnificent God, to evangelize a lost world through compassionate outreach, and to edify believers through the sound preaching and teaching of the Word of God. Our foremost desires are to see lost people come to salvation by faith in Christ and to help believers grow in grace and in the knowledge of Him.
Scripture teaches the autonomy of the local church. Consequently, WBC does not maintain formal ecclesiastical ties with any denomination or convention. Our church polity (government) is congregational under the leadership of our pastor and deacons.
At WBC, we steadfastly embrace the "fundamentals" of the faith, believing the Bible to be the inspired, inerrant, and infallible word of God, and thus the sole authority for our beliefs and practice. We believe in the Trinity—that there is one God eternally existing in three Persons. We believe in the creation of man by the direct act of God, apart from any process of evolution. We believe in the virgin birth and deity of Jesus Christ, His sinless life, His vicarious atonement for our sins by the shedding of His blood on the cross, His bodily resurrection from the tomb, and His imminent return at the rapture. We believe that salvation is by grace alone through faith in Christ alone on the basis of His completed work on the cross. We believe in a literal heaven and a literal hell. We are resolutely opposed to doctrinal compromise and to religious liberalism in any form.
As reflected in our name, Westgate Baptist Church holds to the historic Baptist distinctives. We believe that these distinctives are the marks of a true local church as described and exemplified in the New Testament.
Our people are friendly and our facilities are comfortable, but more importantly, the atmosphere of our services displays an appropriate reverence for God and an earnest desire that He would be pleased as we meet together for worship and fellowship. Morning and evening services are held each Sunday with mid-week Bible study and prayer meeting on Wednesday evenings.
At both Westgate Baptist Church and Westgate Christian School, the King James Version (KJV) of the Bible is used for matters of public worship, including preaching, teaching, and memorization.
Westgate’s sacred music is soul-stirring and uplifting, yet conservative in style and presentation. We especially embrace the traditional hymns of the faith. We believe that the primary audience for church music is God, and that those who participate in the music ministry are to draw attention to Him rather than to themselves. Our music is not designed as entertainment, but rather as a means for glorifying the Lord and for edifying believers by testifying of God’s goodness. Our desire is to provide opportunities for adults and children of all ages to participate in the music program of the church through choirs, orchestra, and special groups and ensembles. In every case, the music serves to prepare the hearts of the people for the preaching of the Word of God.
Effective local church ministry involves both the evangelization of a lost world and the edification (building up) of believers. While "programs" certainly do not guarantee effectiveness in meeting people’s spiritual needs, they do provide the necessary organizational structure so that caring Christians are afforded ample opportunity to minister to one another and to the community at large. At Westgate Baptist Church, we have in place an array of ministries intended to reach out into our community with the Gospel and to help God’s people mature and grow spiritually. We recognize that no church can address every conceivable need and group, but at WBC, we have structured our efforts in an attempt to provide balanced and meaningful programs intended to meet the spiritual needs of people of all ages and backgrounds.
Westgate Baptist Church is committed to the "Great Commission" of taking the Gospel to the ends of the earth. We support many missionaries around the world ministering in conjunction with various fundamental mission boards. Here "at home," we endeavor to reach our own community through personal contacts and weekly church visitation outreach. WBC has also been instrumental in the founding of Berean Baptist Church, a daughter church located in the community of Dallas, Oregon, about an hour south of us. Missions
The Westgate church family is informally divided into a number of "care groups." These groups are organized in order to meet people’s various physical and encouragement needs.
Westgate Baptist Church is firmly committed to helping parents fulfill their God-ordained responsibility to bring their children up "in the nurture and admonition of the Lord" and to equip them for a productive and wholesome life. Westgate Christian School provides traditional classroom education in a thoroughly Christian setting from kindergarten (both K4 and K5) through high school (grade 12). WBC also works closely with and provides a number of helpful services to assist parents who are home educating their children. Westgate Christian School
Concerning the Scriptures.
We believe that the Bible, consisting of the Old and New Testaments, is the verbally (every word) and plenarily (completely) inspired, infallible, and authoritative Word of God. We believe that the Holy Scriptures—written by men, yet divinely inspired and inerrant in the original manuscripts—are the ultimate source of authority for all matters of faith and personal conduct (2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Pet. 1:20-21).
Concerning the True God.
We believe in one God eternally existing in three persons—the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit—equal in every divine perfection and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption (Isa. 44:8; 1 Tim. 2:5; 1 Cor. 8:6; Psa. 83:18; Matt. 3:16; Matt. 28:19; 2 Cor. 13:14; Rom. 1:7; Heb. 1:8; John 1:1, 14; John 10:30; Acts 5:3-4; Eph. 2:18).
Concerning Jesus Christ
We believe in the deity of Jesus Christ, that He was begotten of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary; that He is fully God and fully man; that He led a sinless life; and that He died on the cross as a substitutionary sacrifice for our sins; that He was bodily resurrected; and that He ascended to the right hand of the Father where He ever lives as our continual intercessor (John 1:14; Matt. 1:18, 23; Rom. 5:8; Matt. 28:6; Acts 1:9-10; Heb. 7:25).
Concerning the Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine Person, coequal with God the Father and God the Son, and that He is the Indweller of every true believer (Acts 5:3, 4; John 14:16-17).
We believe in the literal, historical account of creation by the direct and immediate act of God in creating the universe in six literal 24-hour days. We believe in a young earth and a worldwide flood in the day of Noah (Gen. 1:1; Exo. 20:11; John 1:3; Col. 1:16-17).
Concerning the Fall of Man
We believe that man was created in the image of God but fell by voluntary transgression, whereby all men sin, and are partakers of Adam’s fallen nature, and are sinners by nature and conduct; therefore, they are under just condemnation without defense or excuse (Gen. 1:26, 27; Gen. 3:1-6; Rom. 3:23; Ecc. 7:20; Psa. 14:2, 3; Rom. 3:10-19; Rom. 5:12, 19; Rom. 1:18, 20).
Concerning the Devil
We believe in the existence of Satan—a real and personal being who is opposed to all righteousness; that he is the unholy god of this world and the author and ruler of all powers of darkness; and that he is destined to a judgment of eternal torment in the Lake of Fire (Eze. 28:12-19; Matt. 4:1-11; 2 Cor. 4:4; Rev. 20:10).
Concerning Heaven and Hell
We believe in the resurrection of the saved to a literal, everlasting, conscious abode with God in Heaven; and the resurrection of the lost to a literal, everlasting, conscious punishment in Hell (2 Cor. 5:1, 6, 8; Rev. 21:10-11; John 5:29; Matt. 25:46; Rev. 20:15).
Concerning the Way of Salvation.
We believe that all who repent of their sins, believing, receive by faith the Lord Jesus Christ and are born again by the Holy Spirit and become the children of God. Men are justified by faith alone and are accounted righteous before God only through the merit of our Lord and Saviour (Acts 20:21; Acts 16:31; 2 Cor. 7:10; John 3:3, 5, 8; John 1:12; 1 Pet. 2:24; Rom. 4:5; Rom. 5:1; Eph. 2:8-9).
We believe that justification is the judicial act of God whereby He declares us to be righteous through faith in Christ Jesus; that justification includes the pardon of sin and the imputation of God’s righteousness; that it is bestowed, not in consideration of any works of righteousness which we have done, but solely through faith in the Redeemer’s blood (Acts 13:39; Isa. 53:11; 2 Cor. 5:18-21; Rom. 5:1, 9; Rom. 8:1).
We believe that sanctification is the divine setting apart of the believer unto God; first, an eternal act of God, based upon redemption in Christ, establishing the believer in a position of holiness at the moment he trusts the Saviour; second, a continuing process in the saint as the Holy Spirit applies the Word of God to his life; third, the final accomplishment of this process at the Lord’s return (Heb. 10:10-14; Heb. 3:1; John 17:17; 2 Cor. 3:18; 1 Cor. 1:30; Eph. 5:25-26; 1 Thes. 4:3-4; 1 Thes. 5:23; Eph. 5:27; 1 John 3:2; Jude 24-25; Rev. 22:11).
Concerning the Perseverance of Believers.
We believe that all true believers are possessors of everlasting life; that they are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation; and that they shall endure unto the end and be eternally saved (Psa. 37:28; 1 John 2:19; Phil. 1:6; 1 Pet. 1:5; John 10:27-30; John 5:24).
Concerning the Local Church.
We believe that believers are to unite together as a local assembly associated by faith and fellowship of the Gospel; observing the ordinances of Christ; governed by His laws; exercising the gifts, rights and privileges invested in them by His Word; and that its offices are pastors and deacons, whose qualifications, claims, and duties are defined in the Epistles to Timothy and Titus; that the true mission of the church is the faithful witnessing of Christ to all men; that it is self-governed and independent, though scripturally able to cooperate with other true churches in contending for the faith and for furtherance of the Gospel. We believe that the Church should separate entirely from ecclesiastical apostasy and false teaching (Eph. 1:22-23; Acts 20:17-28; Acts 2:41-42; Eph. 5:23-24; 1 Cor. 12:12-14; 1 Tim. 3:1-7, 8-13; Matt. 24:15-20; Col. 1:18; Titus 3:10; 2 Cor. 6:14-18; Eph. 4:11-13; Titus 1:6-9).
Concerning Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.
We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water to show forth our faith and identification with the crucified, buried, and risen Saviour through whom we died to sin and rose to newness of life. We believe that the Lord’s Supper is the periodic commemoration of His death “until He come” and is to be preceded always by solemn self-examination (Matt. 28:19; John 3:22-23; Acts 8:36, 38-39; Rom. 6:3-5; Acts 2:41-42; 1 Cor. 11:17-34).
Concerning the Home, the Church, and Civil Authority.
We believe that God has ordained and created all authority consisting of three basic institutions: (1) the home; (2) the church; and (3) the state. The home, the church, and the state are sovereign in their respective Biblically assigned spheres of responsibility under God. We believe that civil government is a divine appointment for the interest and good of human society and that subjection to civil magistrates is to be rendered except as forfeited by decree which is contrary to Scriptures opposing the will of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who is the only Lord—the King of the earth (Rom. 13:1-7; Acts 4:19; Acts 5:29; Matt. 23:10; Rev. 19:16; 1 Tim. 2:1-2; Titus 3:1; Prov. 3:6; John 14:31; Psa. 2:6; Matt. 28:18; Eph. 5:22-24).
Concerning the Return of the Lord.
We believe in the personal, bodily, visible, imminent, and premillennial return of Christ. We believe in the rapture of the Church, the dead in Christ rising with the living in Christ to meet the Lord in the air. We believe that the rapture will be followed by a seven-year period of Great Tribulation upon the earth for those left behind, culminating with Christ's Revelation in Glory. We believe that Christ will reign upon the earth for a thousand years, after which will follow the Great White Throne Judgment (Matt. 24:42; Acts 1:11; 1 Thes. 4:16-18; Matt. 24:29-31; Rev. 19:11-20:15).
Concerning the Righteous and the Wicked.
We believe that there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the wicked; that such only as through faith are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and sanctified by the Spirit of God are truly righteous in His sight, while all such as continue in impenitence and unbelief are before Him wicked and under the curse; and that this distinction holds among men both in and after death (Mal. 3:18; Rom. 1:17; 1 John 5:19; Luke 16:25).
We believe that the saved are called unto a life of personal separation from all worldly and sinful practices, having been, at salvation, set apart unto God (Rom. 12:1-2; Col. 3:1-17; 2 Cor. 7:1; 1 John 2:15-17; 2 Cor. 6:14-18; Prov. 4:18).
Westgate Baptist Church began meeting in a community room at the Lincoln Center in Beaverton, Oregon in September, 1982. The church was started under the visionary leadership of Pastor Ben Jaquith, whom God has used to shepherd this ministry during its entire existence. Pastor Jaquith, along with his wife, Janie, are natives of northwest Oregon. God impressed upon their hearts a desire to see a lighthouse for the Truth established in the Beaverton/Tigard area.
Within three months of its first service, WBC had grown in attendance to about 40 people. Services were moved to facilities rented from a Seventh Day Adventist church in Beaverton. On Wednesdays, WBC met in spaces rented from an area Methodist church. By 1986, the Lord had prospered Westgate’s consistent outreach ministry such that average attendance increased to nearly a hundred people. Pastor Jaquith and the deacons of the church began earnestly to seek the mind of the Lord regarding the purchase of a permanent location. A year later, in August of 1987, the joyful people of Westgate Baptist Church moved into their own building atop the present site on Scholls Ferry Road in Tigard. One year later, in the fall of 1988, Westgate Christian School was established. Over the next several years, both church and school continued to grow numerically, as God worked mightily in the lives of His people.
In 1994, God made available to WBC the two-acre parcel of adjoining land to the south. This property was purchased without debt, and it provided much-needed room for future growth. In time, the home originally situated on that parcel was expanded and converted to an office and classroom building. A portion of the original residence was maintained as a "prophet’s chamber"—a comfortable oasis for visiting missionaries and preachers. Another classroom building was later added further south on the now-four-acre church property.
Being convinced of the wisdom of of staying debt-free, WBC went for a period of years accumulating savings that would allow for the phased construction of a much-needed facility to accommodate the continued growth of the ministry. In 2002, ground was broken for a 40,000 square-foot multipurpose building that houses more than 15 classrooms, numerous offices, library facilities, a nursery suite, and a 600-seat auditorium. The auditorium is designed to be used as both the church’s sanctuary and as a gymnasium. In the fall of 2004, God’s people rejoiced as the initial phase of the new facility was placed in service. On September 9, 2007, Westgate held its 25th anniversary service in the new auditorium. While the auditorium was not completely finished, it was a very special time for our church family. Our beautiful auditorium is now completed and being wonderfully used as our church sanctuary as well as a gymnasium.
Church histories naturally focus on God’s provision of property and facilities. Beautiful and functional buildings are a testimony of God’s goodness and serve as visual reminders that God is at work in our day. As much as we are excited about the expansion of our facilities, we rejoice all the more as we consider the evidence of sustained growth and spiritual development in individual lives. The essence of Westgate’s ministry is not found in new buildings, neither in its numerical growth in attendance. Most importantly, Westgate is a place where sound Bible preaching and a genuine concern for the spiritual welfare of people have been the consistent hallmarks of the ministry.
It is our desire that God will continue to use the ministry of Westgate Baptist Church to transform lives for His honor and glory. Much has been accomplished already, but we believe the work of God in our midst is really just beginning. As we rejoice in God’s past wonders, we anticipate with excitement what He will yet do to influence the hearts and minds of people in the southwest Portland area for the cause of Jesus Christ.