Paul Hoffman

KALEO Communities, Oregon
Lead Church Planter
Portland Oregon
KALEO Communities
April 25

About My Family

Growing up in an unchurched area in northern California, I know intimately what it means to follow Jesus where it that isn’t normative to follow Jesus. I came to faith in Jesus in 2001 through a family who faithfully loved me for years. Most of my life leading up to that moment I sought to find wholeness through a variety of avenues, yet lived in a constant state of emptiness and dissatisfaction.  Finally the Spirit broke into my life and I experienced the overwhelming love of God, and it began to transform me. Soon after believing in Jesus, I began serving in student ministry as a volunteer. That service led to an opportunity to be a youth ministry intern, where God made it abundantly clear that he was calling me to give my life to the vocational equipping of saints for the work of the ministry. 
In 2003 I started a Bachelor of Applied Theology at California Baptist University. While attending CBU I served in many roles. I served as a youth minister for a local church, I led music in chapel, and in my last couple years worked with four other students to plant a church. This was the moment that God used to shape what equipping the saints for ministry would ultimately look like.  After graduating from CBU in 2007, I married Kristen and we moved to Fort Worth, Texas to study Church Planting at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. While at SWBTS Kristen and I helped to plant Fort Worth City Church. There I served as a church-planting resident, and together Kristen and I served as core leadership in leading a missional community. I finished my Master of Arts in Christian Education in December 2010.
In June 2011 we welcomed Addison, our first child, into the world. Then in September 2011 we moved to Cookeville, TN to plant Covenant Church with Jonathan Nelms.  Over the four years that we lived in Cookeville, we saw Covenant Church blossom. It was a season of beautiful ministry seeing lives changed. It was also a season when God began to use all of our collective experiences and put them together in a cohesive ministry form. Serving as the Associate Pastor at Covenant Church I was in charge of developing and implementing Missional Communities, assisting with pastoral care and ministry and other administrative needs for the church.  In 2013 Covenant Church ordained me into the Gospel Ministry. This was a beautiful recognition of our ministry with the church, and the ministry that God had given us to do for the church. Toward the end of that year, we also welcomed Wesley, our second child, into the world. In 2014 we began taking steps toward planting KALEO in Portland, OR, and in 2015 we arrived on the field to begin the work of planting this church.
Kristen holds a Bachelor of Science in Sports Management and M.A. in Christian Education with a Youth Ministry Concentration. Paul holds a Bachelor of Applied Theology and M.A. in Christian Education with a Concentration in Church Planting.

About My Church Plant

"Love people, and Let God build His church." —Rick Warren, Two Front Doors
Part of what we have observed about the story of Portland is most people explore what it means to follow Jesus through two avenues. The first way is that people prefer small gatherings where they can ask lots of questions, and find belonging with a group of people as they are believing. The second way is that people come and observe church activity in a similar way that they audit a class at university, trying to learn what this is all about before they fully commit to study and practice. As we engage in outreach and ministry in the city we offer two front doors (Missional Community and Gatherings) for people to enter into participation with KALEO: 
As we engage in outreach and ministry in the city we offer two front doors (Missional Community and Gatherings) for people to enter into participation with KALEO: 
1. Missional Communities are groups of people who are learning what it means to follow Jesus in their thoughts, words and actions. These communities are how we organize the church as we exist in pockets throughout the city and look to plant new churches in the city.  These communities meet weekly where they share a meal, participate in a conversation informed by a selected passage from the bible, pray for one another and the city, and are sent out to live the Gospel.
2. Gatherings are weekly gatherings that follow the four pillars of covenant: gathering, word, table, sending. Following the four pillars leads us through an intentional liturgy that allows for full participation by everyone. We will sing together, participate in responsive readings and prayers, study the bible, and take communion together. Gatherings, just like missional communities are an opportunity for people to be introduced to Jesus and our church. 
D.N.A. (Discipleship, Nurture, Accountability) Groups consist of three people [men with men, women with women] within a particular missional community, meeting regularly to be known and bring the Gospel to light in each others lives to grow in and live in the power of the Gospel.
Path Building is the road that people walk to experience the warmth of friendship and family. Some examples of what the path to the front doors of KALEO include: Backyard Cookouts, Block Parties, Street Fair Outreach, and Festival Outreach.

NAMB Church Planting

Demonstrated Christian character is essential for missionaries and chaplains to gain credibility and build community. A missionary is a person who, in response to God's call and gifting, leaves his or her comfort zone and crosses cultural, geographic or other barriers to proclaim the gospel and live out a Christian witness in obedience to the Great Commission. The North American Mission Board supports missionaries serving across the United States, Canada and their territories. Churches are the missionary incubators and sending centers for missionaries through the Southern Baptist Convention. Missionaries serve in a variety of settings and face tremendous challenges. But the rewards are tremendous and life-changing. Missionaries have the privilege to represent their church and their Father in sharing the gospel as the primary focus of their activity. If you are interested in pursuing next steps as a potential missionary or chaplain from your church, explore the possibilities at


Pray for developing relationships in our community and relational networks. Pray for people of peace to rise up out of our relationships. Pray for continued development of partner churches and individuals. Pray for the development of our core team.


Connect to the vision of our church as a Sending/ Supporting Church. Join us for a mission project during the year. Consider joining our team as we look to seek the kingdom in Portland as it is in heaven.
Many missionaries build a team to join their ministry in prayer, participation, and provision. These friends, family and churches support missionaries beyond the tithes and offerings given within the church plant. Visit for NAMB's policy on providing for church plants.
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