ABOUT THE MCMINNVILLE
POTTER’S HOUSE

SERVICE TIMES

SUNDAY

Bible Classes 9:30am (all ages)
Morning Worship 10:30 am
Evening Worship 6:30 pm
Children’s Church 6:30 pm

WEDNESDAY

Evening Worship 7:00pm

JUEVES

Servicios en Español 7:00pm

Pastor Perez para Español  

Contact: 503.857.7419

SERVICE TIMES

SUNDAY

Bible Classes 9:30am (all ages)
Morning Worship 10:30 am
Evening Worship 6:30 pm
Children’s Church 6:30 pm

WEDNESDAY

Evening Worship 7:00pm

JUEVES

Servicios en Español 7:00pm

Pastor Perez para Español  

Contact: 503.857.7419

Nursery is provided for children under the age of 3 during all services

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205 NE Galloway St McMinnville, OR

Get to know the Pastors of the McMinnville Potter’s House

Pastor Kevin Foley

Pastor Foley was born in Lynn, MA and graduated from Gordon College, a Christian college north of Boston, in 1977. He worked as a Youth Leader at the Park Street Church in Boston and a student teacher at a local high school. Soon after graduation, he visited an International Bible Conference in Prescott, AZ that transformed the direction of his life, launching him into his pastoring career.

Pastor Foley has been in pastoral ministry for 40 years, since 1979. He began his career as the Outreach Director at the Prescott’s Potter’s House Christian Fellowship Church. He and his wife of 41 years, Janet Payson Foley, were sent out to pioneer The Door Christian Church in Alamogordo, NM. Through his tenure, Pastor Foley has pastored churches in Arizona, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, California, and pastoring twice in McMinnville, Oregon, settling in at the Potter’s House McMinnville Church since 2010.

Through his years of pastoring, Pastor Foley has preached special evangelistic meetings, international Bible conferences, discipleship classes, youth rallies, pastoral ministry retreats, and marriage retreats. He has traveled to over 30 different countries preaching God’s Word.

 Pastor Foley and Janet have four grown children, Jeremy of Prescott, AZ, Kate of Seattle, WA, John of Malden, MA, and Conor of Princeton, NJ. They enjoy their six grandchildren and one great granddaughter.

Pastor Kevin Foley

Listen to the Story of a life changed forever by Jesus Christ!

From Darkness to Light

The Testimony of Janet Payson Foley, wife of Pastor Kevin Foley

From Darkness to Light

The Testimony of Janet Payson Foley, wife of Pastor Kevin Foley

Growing up at 99 Lazy Lane, Mountain Club, Prescott, in the 50’s was a fairy-tale childhood. A carefree life in the pines, following my Mother about as she hung the family’s laundry on the clothesline, playing with my cherished dog who very much resembled my beloved tv-star, Lassie. Two older brothers who were handsome, popular and very active in sports at Prescott High School, the oldest being valedictorian and quarterback of our winning team. I also was the apple of my dear daddy’s eye. 

One day my Mother let me know we would be moving into town, saying goodbye to my dog, and she would be leaving me with a babysitter from now on. She would now have to work full time at the Courthouse. My brother had been arrested for under-age drinking; school officials wanted to make an example of his bad judgment, stripping him of all his scholarships and good name at school. In order for him to attend university, she would have to supplement my father’s income. From that point on, I rarely spent time with my mother. The influences that shaped my life from age 5 onward were not what she would have wanted, had she known.

I watched & learned as other childcare kids engaged in deception, lying, stealing. I was caught stealing a prize flower on my way to ballet class and when I lied my way out of trouble successfully, I was on my way to becoming an expert in the art of deception. This was only 2nd grade! Through the next years, I had a teen caregiver who taught me the art of occult practices, hypnosis, and drinking alcohol. Her father was a violent drunk; I lived in fear of what he might do if we angered him. She taught me to sneak out of my window at night so I could attend dances and parties while my parents slept. They had absolutely no idea the character of this older girl. I don’t remember them ever setting foot in that house. They just trusted her implicitly for some reason. 

I watched & learned as other childcare kids engaged in deception, lying, stealing. I was caught stealing a prize flower on my way to ballet class and when I lied my way out of trouble successfully, I was on my way to becoming an expert in the art of deception. This was only 2nd grade! Through the next years, I had a teen caregiver who taught me the art of occult practices, hypnosis, and drinking alcohol. Her father was a violent drunk; I lived in fear of what he might do if we angered him. She taught me to sneak out of my window at night so I could attend dances and parties while my parents slept. They had absolutely no idea the character of this older girl. I don’t remember them ever setting foot in that house. They just trusted her implicitly for some reason. 

Meanwhile, our family was very active in a prominent church in town, teaching classes, etc. I loved to hear the stories and songs of Jesus, the smell of cookies and coffee at the Meet and Greets. I visited most churches throughout our city as a guest of school friends. I attended every Summer Bible Camp I could go to regardless of denomination, and also neighborhood after-school Bible classes.  Looking back, I recall having a deep hunger to know God; lying out on the giant granite rocks by my house, looking up at the cloud-filled sky, talking to Him, and asking Him to PLEASE help me. Seeing the movie, “The Greatest Story Ever Told” about Jesus & His crucifixion, and promising Jesus I would be good. Somehow?

Meanwhile, our family was very active in a prominent church in town, teaching classes, etc. I loved to hear the stories and songs of Jesus, the smell of cookies and coffee at the Meet and Greets. I visited most churches throughout our city as a guest of school friends. I attended every Summer Bible Camp I could go to regardless of denomination, and also neighborhood after-school Bible classes.  Looking back, I recall having a deep hunger to know God; lying out on the giant granite rocks by my house, looking up at the cloud-filled sky, talking to Him, and asking Him to PLEASE help me. Seeing the movie, “The Greatest Story Ever Told” about Jesus & His crucifixion, and promising Jesus I would be good. Somehow?

When I was 12, my parents took me on a month-long European tour. I was captivated by the “flower children – hippies” I encountered there. It was 1967. The message of love, peace, and brotherhood stirred my young soul. When I returned to Prescott, I had “awakened” to a new counterculture movement. It was my “coming of age”; my eyes were opened to my parents’ troubling marriage, my father’s unkind treatment of my mother, his alcohol usage, his racist views; I despised our boring church. Its messages left me empty. It was laughable. I turned to yoga and metaphysics, philosophies that were popular and intriguing.  

I was very young but somehow found my place amongst the local park people, most much older than I. I enjoyed their conversations, music, and spirituality. I used my expertise at deception to attend rock concerts in Phoenix, parties in the woods, and experiment with drugs. Many times I narrowly escaped major trouble with the police; most of the time my parents had no idea what trouble I was involved in, though they suspected. These were turbulent days in our country, our little town. I wanted my independence and I was determined to live as I wished, with the friends I enjoyed. My father and I especially battled severely! I despised his “hypocrisy, ” his snarling accusatory ways of dealing with me and cruelty to my mother. I wished for him to die. Two years of this lifestyle brought a lot of heartache, depression, guilt & despair. I had no hope for my future. For anyone’s future. I thought of suicide. My parents thought of sending me far away.

On my way to a party with my boyfriend one night, he asked me if I’d mind going with him to a huge family gathering out in Chino Valley; his cousin, Jack, had become a “Jesus Freak” and wanted to talk about it. I was intrigued! The house was packed with family members of all ages. Everyone was transfixed, including ME. I knew this guy from the Courthouse Plaza; I’d seen him at plenty of parties, selling dope and looking especially scary. Here he was In the midst of his family trying to explain to us an experience he had had. His face was radiant! A kindness had overtaken him! It was truly baffling. He told us how he had cried out to Jesus Christ to save him from his sin, and that He had done just that. He had trouble explaining it; he just wanted us to know that Jesus was REAL and He would do the same for us if we wanted Him to. He said he was no longer doing drugs or alcohol or unfaithful to his wife. He said he couldn’t even cuss anymore, this miracle was so all-encompassing. It had been two weeks! He invited us all to church the next Sunday.

I could think of nothing else over the next week but to go and hear more about that experience Jack had had. Four of us walked into that little country church that Sunday in Aug 1970. I recognized Karen and Robyn from my classes at school. Nice girls! Mostly the congregation was older ladies, very friendly. I felt something there I had never experienced, a tangible presence of God. I heard Pastor Mitchell preach a message about the cross and Jesus’ love for me, His gift of forgiveness, salvation. I ran to the front as soon as the invitation came. I knelt. I prayed. Such a release!

I stayed at the altar a long time, weeping over my past, weeping over the love and forgiveness I now knew because of Jesus. The little lady praying with me said, “you’ve got something the world can’t give and the world can’t take away.” As I knelt there, an unmistakable love and grace for my Father overwhelmed me; an understanding that my Father needed to know this love, too, and that I MUST forgive him. It really was very easy to do in the presence of such supernatural LOVE. I felt so clean and so . . . changed. It all happened in a manner of minutes. From darkness to LIGHT!

I walked through the front door and gave my Father and Mother an embrace like they had never dreamed possible. I told them I had gotten SAVED, I had found Jesus! And would they possibly forgive me for all the heartache I had caused them? After 3 months of watching my radically changed life, they surrendered their lives to Jesus, too. And theirs is a story you should also hear. 

I stayed at the altar a long time, weeping over my past, weeping over the love and forgiveness I now knew because of Jesus. The little lady praying with me said, “you’ve got something the world can’t give and the world can’t take away.” As I knelt there, an unmistakable love and grace for my Father overwhelmed me; an understanding that my Father needed to know this love, too, and that I MUST forgive him. It really was very easy to do in the presence of such supernatural LOVE. I felt so clean and so . . . changed. It all happened in a manner of minutes. From darkness to LIGHT!

I walked through the front door and gave my Father and Mother an embrace like they had never dreamed possible. I told them I had gotten SAVED, I had found Jesus! And would they possibly forgive me for all the heartache I had caused them? After 3 months of watching my radically changed life, they surrendered their lives to Jesus, too. And theirs is a story you should also hear. 

I married the very best of men, Kevin Foley, 41 years ago. SO HAPPILY MARRIED! We have three sons, and one daughter, five granddaughters, one grandson, and one great-granddaughter. We recently celebrated our 40th anniversary in the ministry and currently pastor a church in McMinnville, Oregon. We have pioneered two churches (Alamogordo, NM, and Dover, NH) assisted in pastoring twice in Prescott, AZ and also pastored churches in Tempe, AZ, Salem, MA, Yucca Valley, CA and Yuma, AZ. 

We have had the privilege of traveling throughout the world in over 30 nations, spreading this amazing message of Jesus Christ we have both experienced. We are deeply grateful for the stellar example and compassionate vision shown to us throughout the years by our beloved Pastor Wayman and Nelda Mitchell and now continued in their son, Pastor Greg and his wife, Lisa.

I married the very best of men, Kevin Foley, 41 years ago. SO HAPPILY MARRIED! We have three sons, and one daughter, five granddaughters, one grandson, and one great-granddaughter. We recently celebrated our 40th anniversary in the ministry and currently pastor a church in McMinnville, Oregon. We have pioneered two churches (Alamogordo, NM, and Dover, NH) assisted in pastoring twice in Prescott, AZ and also pastored churches in Tempe, AZ, Salem, MA, Yucca Valley, CA and Yuma, AZ. We have had the privilege of traveling throughout the world in over 30 nations, spreading this amazing message of Jesus Christ we have both experienced. We are deeply grateful for the stellar example and compassionate vision shown to us throughout the years by our beloved Pastor Wayman and Nelda Mitchell and now continued in their son, Pastor Greg and his wife, Lisa.

Spanish Pastor JC Perez

Leading the church service in Spanish is Pastor JC Perez. A Texas native, Pastor Perez was born in McAllen in 1972. He and his wife Christal Gash have been married for 26 years with five children, Uriah age 25, Bianca age 22, Juan Carlos age 19, Jedediah age 15, and Lily age 10. Before coming to the McMinnville Christian church, he pioneered a church in Nampa, Idaho for nine years. He has been the Pastor of the Christian Spanish church of the McMinnville Potter’s House for two years. Take a look at our Christian Spanish Church Ministry to learn more about Pastor JC Perez and how you can get involved in the many Spanish Christian Ministries our Christian church offers to our Spanish-speaking community.

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Pastor JC and his wife Christal

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205 NE Galloway St McMinnville, Oregon

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