Portland Fellowship comprises of both staff and volunteers. Many who complete the Taking Back Ground program join the leadership team in the form of teachers, worship leaders, prayer partners, and small group leaders. PF has a Board of Directors who oversee the Executive Director position, who inturn, manages a staff. Although we have several amazing people leading our different programs, the following are a few leaders who oversee different parts of our programs.
Jason Thompson - Executive Director
In 1989, at the age of 19, Jason Thompson approached a crossroads in his young life --what to do with his unwanted homosexual feelings. Relying on his Christian upbringing, he made the difficult decision to follow God's word and sought help to overcome his struggle and walk in freedom. His search led him to Portland Fellowship, a Christ-centered ministry to those who desire change from sexual brokenness. Through biblical counseling and loving support, Jason found freedom he was seeking and now serves as Executive Director for Portland Fellowship.
Jason graduated from Multnomah Bible College in Portland, Oregon, and holds a Masters Degree in Counseling from Western Seminary. He is an ordained minister through the church. Jason and his wife Amy had their first child, Abigail in 2000. Sadly, Abbie passed away at 3 1/2 months due to a heart defect. A few years later, the Lord blessed Jason and Amy with two amazing boys, Trevor and Cody.
Jason produced "The Map" in 2002, an interactive CD-ROM for youth, and in 2008 he produced and launched www.reachtruth.com, an online support program for youth and young adults. In 2012, he produced Taking Back Ground Online (www.takingbackground.com) and recently produced an online program for family and friends, Hope Group Online (www.hopegrouponline.com). He is currently collaborating to produce a new online video series to educate and support families struggling with transgender issues.
Patrick Silvis - Program Manager
Patrick arrived at Portland Fellowship in 2012 seeking guidance and healing for his unwanted same-sex struggles. Through the powerful love and discipleship of the Upper Room Community and Taking Back Ground program, he was able to surrender his needs to the Lord and has experienced tremendous healing and growth in his identity in Christ. Where he once thought he had to earn the favor of God and man through helping others, Patrick is now excited to offer himself as the good gift that God created him to be.
Patrick holds a B.A. in World Languages and Cultures (Spanish) from Mercyhurst University. He served on the mission field in Mexico City for 2 years and holds certificates in Cross-Cultural Leadership and Missions Mobilization from Latin America Mission (now a branch of United World Mission). Patrick has shared his testimony and led Q&A sessions on biblical sexuality in Portland, Idaho and Pennsylvania. He coordinates PF's Hope Group, Upper Room Community and Taking Back Ground programs. Patrick also leads worship at Portland Fellowship and in his local church.