Church History
Robert Lincoln Searcie
September 8, 1881-1968

HOUSE OF PRAYER is Non-Denominational, founded by Bishop Robert Lincoln Searcie.

Robert Searice was in Topeka, Kansas, and  attended  and  graduated  from  a Methodist Seminary. in 1902, he was ordained to preach the Gospel by a regular council of ordained Ministers of the Baptist Church. His credentials are in the State of Oklahoma, County of Blaine courthouse.

Minister Searcie traveled and evangelize in the states and territories of Oklahoma Kansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, California and Oregon.

While in Oregon, he met Rosa Mary Britain, the daughter of Minister Hattie Britain and Luis el Britain. She later became his wife.

In 1906 Evangelist Searcie traveled to Los Angeles California and participated in the Azusa Street Revival. It was there that he connected with Bishop Charles Harrison Mason the head of the Church of God and Christ as well as others who had the common experience of receiving the Holy Ghost and “Speaking in tongues.”

 In 1908 after having received the baptism of the Holy Ghost, Evangelist Searcie was called to Pastor.  In 1911, he came to Portland Oregon and began to worship at the Open Door Mission, between 2nd and 3rd Avenue on Ankeny. The mission remained on Ankeny until 1915.

From 1915 to 1916, The Open Door Mission was located on West Davis. The Mission was located at North West Flanders and Glisan from 1916 to 1918. It was during that period (1917) that Pastor Searcie was led to change the name of The Open Door Mission to the House of Prayer.

In 1918 the House of Prayer move to the east side, and was located at 28 Union Avenue North. The Church was engaged and holding street meetings, cottage prayers meetings and preaching in different churches or wherever there was an opportunity for Pastor Searcie to spread the gospel.

 It was on Union Avenue that the church organized a more formalized body which included deacons
 a treasurer, a scribe, Sunday school, and other auxiliaries, Home and Foreign Mission work, Bible Band, and young people's work. Many souls were claim for the Lord and some embark on independent work for the Kingdom of God.

Some of the chartered members during these years were...
Brother R. W. Anderson and Wife
Sister Hattie Britain,
Brother Earl Bushnell,
Brother Ransom Daniels and wife,
Brother J Epps,
Brother James Franklin,
Elder Bruce Gibson,
Sister Josephine Gross,
Brother Paul Jones,
Brother Morgan Lee and Brother Moses McSwain and Wife..