Casey Long

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I was born in Salem Oregon in 1957 and moved to Milwaukie, Oregon when I was 6 months old. My family always attended Sunday mornings, evenings and Wednesday evenings (growing up the TV series Batman was on Wednesday and Thursday nights, so I always missed the opening show, ha!). My parents helped build the Linwood Church of Christ in Milwaukie. Unfortunately there was a church split and we started attending the Central Church of Christ and then later the Oregon City Church of Christ, which had a church split when I was in High School. I mention the church splits because that is something we want to try to never have happen at Circle. Not a good thing. I was baptized at Central by Dick Ady a well known minister in the NW, when I was 14. I met my future wife, Darla, when I was a senior in High School. I was able to serve in many ways early in my life. I became the High School Teacher when I was a Sophomore in High School (that is a story for another day). I also served as Joy Bus Captain and Joy Bus Program Director in my late teens and early 20’s. The Joy Bus involved picking kids up with a bus and taking them to church. After graduating from Lewis and Clark with a business and economic double major, and after marrying Darla before my Senior year, I started a career in Financial Services. When I was 24 I was given a choice of taking over an office for my company in Seattle, somewhere in Colorado and Corvallis. We chose Corvallis. I really think God led us here to be with you! I am glad for the various opportunities God has provided Darla and I to serve while at Circle. We have enjoyed working at various times, the Joy Bus Program (something that was a good idea and a lot of work), the University Christian Center and the Education Department. Where possible, I would encourage people to do the Lord’s work with their spouses. Darla is a great partner for me and when we work together we have that much more time together. I was appointed as a Deacon in 1986 and served in that role for 25 years before becoming an Elder in 2011. While at Circle we were blessed with two children, Grant and Desiree. Grant is a physical therapist in Salem, is married to Jessi and they have my grandson, Dylan. Jessi is a stay at home mother. Desiree is a RN in Tuscon Arizona, is married to Jesse and they have my granddaughter, Raina. Jesse is a campus minister at the University of Arizona. God had fun giving us two Jessi(e)’s. We are truly a blessed family. Thank you God.

I am very proud of our churches restoration history. You can yahoo for more information the restoration movement, not reformation. Some notable names from this include Barton Stone 1772-1844, Thomas Campbell 1763-1854 and Alexander Campbell 1788-1866. Here are some well known slogans of the restoration movement. “We are not the only Christians, but Christians only.” “We speak where the Bible speaks and are silent where the Bible is silent.” “In matters of faith, unity. In matters of opinion, liberty. In all things love.” These and others are fun to discuss and debate.

I am proud to be a member of Circle. We truly are a “Circle Open To All.” We are a church family in every sense of that concept. I encourage you to check us out!