Welcome to The Story. We are a church on mission to see The Story of Jesus radically transform the stories of the people and the city of Ashland.
Before we go any further, I’d like to introduce myself and share a bit of my story with you guys. I’m Xavier Brasseur, and I’ve been married for just over 2 years to my beautiful wife, Lisa. I was born in Ashland, and I grew up in Medford with 5 brothers and 2 sisters. As you can imagine (or maybe not), when you grow up with that many siblings, there’s never a dull moment. Someone was always breaking something, hurting someone, getting in trouble, or creating some sort of drama. Trust me, if you stick around long enough, you’re bound to hear some legendary tales, including my brother getting shot in the back with a bow and arrow, or super-gluing each others fingers and toes together while sleeping, or tp-ing our entire neighborhood. There was never a day that passed without some crazy story happening.
Growing up in that type of environment naturally shaped me into a storyteller. I have always loved sharing my crazy stories with people and trying new things just to have another story to tell.
After high school, I decided to move to Maui to attend Calvary Chapel Bible College. The Lord’s provision for that is quite a story in and of itself because an atheist who I had known for less than a month actually paid for my entire tuition, but that story is for another time. It was during my time at Bible College that I began to fall in love with studying the Scriptures. I began to discover so many crazy stories that I had never heard before. Not only that, but I also began to realize that every one of those stories was intricately woven together into one grand story. Because of my love for storytelling, I wanted to share these stories with other people, and so I began teaching the Bible. The Lord took what came naturally for me and began to use it in a supernatural way. From the moment I began teaching the Bible, I knew that this was what God was calling me to give my life to - sharing His Story with those who are lost in their own story.
After 10 years of teaching at 3 different churches, I knew that the Lord was calling me to plant a church. I never wanted to be a person who lived a comfortable status-quo life on cruse control. I had big plans to plant in a big city, but through much prayer God began to direct my heart towards Ashland. I never would have guessed in a million years that I would ever end up back in Southern Oregon, but God’s plans for this small city were much bigger than my plans for a big city. We are so excited to see what God is going to do in this community. We believe that Jesus loves every individual in this city and we desire to be a church that is an extension of His love. Our prayer is that The Story would be a church that helps people discover the story of Jesus.
With all that being said, we want to welcome you all to The Story! If you’re ready to turn the next page in your life and begin a whole new chapter in your walk with Jesus, come and see how your story is a part of His Story through The Story!
Written by: Xavier Brasseur