Jesus is the King of all, and we long to see him recognized and worshipped as King in Albany.
God is on a mission to restore the world to complete perfection, and we are called to partner with him in this work.
A wonderful city, full of beauty, brokenness, and potential, we long to see Albany become the greatest city it can possibly be.
This is our vision, our values, and our prayer.
Make disciples who make disciples to join in Jesus’ mission of restoration.
With a firm conviction that Jesus’ mission to restore Albany requires far more than a once‑a‑week church service, we are focussing our effort and energy on mobilizing the church 7 days‑a‑week. Rather than seeking to bring the people of Albany to church, we are seeking to bring the church to the people of Albany through these three rhythms: send, gather, serve.
We provide a platform for Christians to grow in and practice their faith and create opportunities for non‑Christians to meet Jesus as they are invited to join us in each rhythm.
Every week we send communities of disciples throughout our city to live as missionary teams, engaging the lost as we share life deeply and disciple one another.
Every Sunday we gather together as a whole church to encounter God through worship, the preaching of scripture, and sacraments. This is an important part of discipleship.
We grow as disciples by regularly engaging the specific needs of our city through corporate acts of service, partnering with Jesus to touch the lives of the people and spaces crying out for restoration.
In the mid 1800s, shortly after being established in one of the world’s most fertile valleys, Albany quickly became a booming center of culture and commerce. Strategically located on the Willamette River, all major trade routes seemed to pass through this growing town whether railroads, steam boats, or horse‑drawn carriages; Albany became the center of activity on the West Coast from Seattle to Sacramento. Because of its prosperity and influence, the vibrant city was known for many years as “Hub City.”
Today, a lot has changed. A mere shadow of what she once was, Albany has fallen from her former glory. Recently making national headlines as one of our nation’s capitols for methamphetamine production and distribution, Albany is broken and hurting, in desperate need of restoration. Yet, Albany is still a beautiful city, full of potential for God’s Kingdom to move. While many people in Albany have lost hope, God has not given up on this city and neither will we. We believe that God wants to bring new life to Albany, restoring it once again as a center of influence and hope through a powerful movement of the gospel.
Jesus is the only hope for Albany, and He has called us to partner with him in the kingdom‑work that this city so desperately needs. We are fulfilling our calling by planting a church to make disciples and transform communities. We believe that through Jesus, we can once again see Albany become a “Hub City,” from which the good news of the gospel goes forth, bringing blessing to our city, region, and the world as we partner with Jesus and his Global Church in God’s great mission. I’m excited to introduce you to a new work of the gospel in Albany, Oregon: Hub City Church, joining Jesus in his mission to Restore all things in Albany, Oregon.
To outsiders, Albany may simply look like a low‑to‑middle class, blue‑collar, American suburbia, but we are much more than that. We are 52,000 people living amidst the brokenness and beauty of this city, and we call it our own. Here is a picture of Albany
Oregon’s 11th largest city yet ranks 81st in average income, with 1 in 6 people living in poverty.*
Like the pioneers who settled in Albany, the people in this city have continued in the spirit of rugged‑individualism, adapting to a hard life and difficult circumstances.
1 in 6 adults posses a college degree and unemployment rates are near 10%.*
Albany is an industrial city. Predominantly blue‑collar, our people work hard and find pride in what we do.
Wandering in Addiction
As a national capitol for methamphetamine production and distribution, many of our people have fallen victim to crippling addictions.
As a farming community, the multi‑generational traditions of working the land have grounded us to this place. We love the beauty and abundance of our Valley.
11% of Albany households are occupied by single‑parent families, with nearly 8% being single mothers.*
Local events like “River Rhythms” and the “Art and Air Festival” draw the city together to celebrate culture and community.
Fewer than 10% of the city has “some affiliation” with gospel‑centered churches.
There are several existing churches in this city seeking to work together with the common goal of reaching the people of Albany for Jesus.
* Statistics according to US Census Bureau, cityofalbany.net, and city-data.com
Out of the eternal, ever-existent, shared love within the Trinity — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit — God created humanity in his image to participate in this relationship of love.
Discontent to be merely images of God, humans sought to become gods themselves. This brought disruption, which we call sin, to every area of human life, crippling our relationships to God, one another, and the rest of creation. No amount of self-improvement, spiritual exertion, or “progress” could save us. We were utterly hopeless and lost...
But God had a plan. Beginning with a man named Abram, God made a promise and established a new family through which God himself would one day enter creation - bringing our much needed salvation from the outside in. Jesus lived the life we were supposed to live and died the death we were supposed to die so that all who would turn to him in repentance and faith could receive forgiveness of sin and new life. Then, proving victorious over sin, death and the devil, he rose from the dead and ascended to Heaven to be with his Father.
Next, God poured out his Holy Spirit to empower individuals to live in fruitful Christ-likeness, and unite believers into the community we call the church, which exists to partner with Jesus in his work of redeeming, restoring, and reconciling all things to God in all sorts of worshipful and missional ways until Jesus returns, ushering in God’s kingdom in all its fullness and glory.
At Hub City Church, we take the Bible seriously. Believing the Bible to be God's very Words, inspired and revealed by the one Holy Spirit and scribed by the hands of many different people, from many different cultures, with many different personalities, over many different centuries, we view the Bible as a central part of the life of our community.
Because the Bible is God's revealed Word, it is completely trustworthy and completely true.
Here are some truths about the Bible:
- The Bible is the ultimate authority in the life of the church and the life of a Christ Follower. God's Word is the source of Truth; this means the Bible is not subject to our interpretation, but we, rather, are subject to its authority. We do not seek to conform the writings of Scripture to our understanding and standards of life, but rather we seek to conform our lives to the understandings and standards of Scripture. While God may continue to speak and reveal truth outside the confines of Scripture, all truth is subject to the scrutiny of the Bible.
- The Bible is a necessary and essential part in the life of the church and the lives of believers. Without God's revelation of his Gospel in the Bible, we could neither come to know God, nor grow in our relationship with God.
- Likewise, the Bible is sufficient. It contains all truth necessary for mankind to know God and come into a saving relationship with him.
- Finally, we believe the Bible to be understandable in its teachings and truth. While there are difficult passages, the basic message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is clear in scripture, and can be understood by both the hyper-intelligent and the supremely-simple alike.
Not only do we take the Bible seriously, but Jesus did as well. Throughout his ministry and teachings, Jesus refers to and quotes from the Bible hundreds of times, recognizing it to be the Word of God that his life was based upon. As his followers, the Bible is not only the basis that our lives are built on, but it is also a source of tremendous joy and delight. We view the Bible as a precious treasure that deserves to be studied, meditated upon, and obeyed.
2 Timothy 3:15–17 NIV
15 and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
2 Peter 1:20–21 NIV
20 Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. 21 For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
John 17:17 NIV
17 Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.