Alpha USA Portland/Northwest exists to help you run Alpha effectively.

We work with a growing network of churches and ministries throughout Portland, the state of Oregon, and the Northwest to train and equip teams to run Alpha. As a result, more people are encountering Christ, and churches are being transformed as their people are being activated to share about faith in Jesus through Alpha.

The Pacific Northwest is a unique area. As one of the most unchurched regions in the United States, we desire to see the Kingdom of God made known amidst our post-Christian society. Alpha was birthed into a similar cultural landscape in London where people were hungry for a safe space that allowed them to ask questions, express doubts, and explore faith. Alpha continues to grow in our region as well. Search below to find out how you can be involved.

Contact the Portland/Northwest team


Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.
— Matthew 28:19-20


Alpha Portland/Northwest Events

Join us at our next Run Alpha event. Gather with other churches across the network to learn and practice some of the unique elements of Alpha. When finished, you will have everything you need to run Alpha.


Find an Alpha

Find an Alpha in your area or visit one to see how a church runs it in their unique context.
This is one of the best ways to see what Alpha is all about. Contact the Alpha administrator for details.

Church Endorsement

Alpha has been a genius way to help our people take the gospel to the city because the city doesn't want to come to church anymore.
- John Mark Comer
Pastor of Vision and Teaching
Bridgetown Church


Portland/Northwest Network Director

Kirk is the Northwest Network Director for Alpha USA which includes Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Alaska, and Eastern Washington. He joined Alpha in 2009 after serving for 17 years in student ministry in two Oregon churches. Kirk is passionate about seeing Jesus transform lives and equipping churches and ministry organizations to fulfill their mission of helping people become followers of Jesus.

Kirk lives in Portland with his wife Marlys, and their three teenage children. He has written three youth devotionals, run three marathons, and after 25 years of coaching soccer has become a referee.



Contact Us

Kirk Petersen
Email: kirkpetersen@alphausa.org  
Phone Number: (503) 819-2605

Support Alpha

Alpha is funded by the generosity of donors who make it possible for us to provide Alpha resources completely free to churches and guests. If you’d like to support the work of Alpha and its work in the Portland/Northwest area please click the button below. Your generosity directly supports our mission to equip and serve the church in its mission to help people to discover and develop a relationship with Jesus through Alpha.