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Update From Pastor Josh Phillips

Paupers Chapel has closed and we are no longer gathering on Sunday mornings as a church. But let not this be a moment of sadness to you, for the Lord served and ministered to many people in the 6 years we gathered. As the lead pastor, I was instructed by God to “Tell them I love them”. Myself, along with the Elders felt that our church was faithful in fulfilling that mission. Though our formal gatherings are over, the body of Christ still lives on and we encourage you to continue to seek out the plan God has for your life and find a community of believers to live out the great commission with. My final prayer and words as the pastor of this church will be that of the disciple John… “We love because He first loved us”. 1 Jn 4:19

Should you have any questions, you can reach Josh Phillips through his email


We are a body of believers in Christ who gather together to love and serve Portland, Maine.

We are a group of people who desire to honor God through loving each other well and pursuing ways to serve those around us. It is our hope that the Holy Spirit impacts each and every person who participates in the church by stirring their affections for Christ. Everyone is created in the image of God, but we as humans can tarnish what he created. We realize that God the Father has a plan for us to be the best version of us, but we must trust Him to convict and reveal to us how His truth applies in our lives. So we aim to improve what He created by allowing the Holy Spirit to transform us.


We believe that Jesus calls us to seek the welfare of the community in which we live.


We aim to create an experience of grace within our church to help the people feel the love of Christ from each other, be the love of Christ to each other and stir the love of Christ in each other.


The good news of Jesus’ teaching is revealed through the Bible.
“I came that they may have life and have it abundantly”
JOHN 10:10


We realize there is no way to work our way into good standing with God. But God’s grace is freely attainable through the work, life, death and resurrection of Christ. This grace is a fundamental element of our church and our interactions.


Lead Pastor

As the lead teaching Pastor and head Elder, Pastor Josh aims to keep his people balanced in Spirit and truth as Christ encourages in John 4:23. He and his wife started Paupers in 2014 with the sole goal of sharing the love of God, showing the love of God and teaching the love of God through a new church in Portland Maine. Pastor Josh’s life experience plays an important role in helping care for the people at Paupers. He was a gifted business man for many years, while faithfully serving his church as a serving/lay leader from 2003-2012. The Phillips family has made it their goal to make a long term gospel investment in the city of Portland and the surrounding areas. He hopes this quote encourages you.

“I understand how hard faith is. I have personally made many decisions in my life that would not fall in line with holiness, but I have seen the grace of God powerfully impact my own heart and mind to transform me into a much more loving, caring and selfless person. I know choosing a pastor is a very important decision and I would welcome the chance to grab a coffee, dinner or a beer and discuss how the Lord is moving in your heart and what your hopes are. Thank you for taking the time to read a little about Paupers.”


The hope and vision for Paupers Chapel is to create a more intimate church gathering that feels more like a family and less like strangers gathering with a common interest. We use groups, meals, bible studies, coffees, game nights, Fire-Fridays and other things to foster those closer connections among people.

Paupers is focused on advancing your faith and love for the Lord. We realize that we are real people, serving a real God and therefore we keep a real focus on understanding the Word of God. Our church invites anyone searching for Christ. We are simple and we like it that way. Some Sundays we sing several songs and others we sing only a few and spend our time practicing some of the liturgies we find to be a blessing.

Some of the comments that we hear about Paupers, “this place is very raw” or “it just feels different here”. Isn’t that what church should be? A place where your heart and mind are opened to the love of God and sometimes there is now other adjectives to explain his love other than…”It’s different”. Our creed is “Experience Grace. Live by Faith. Anchored by Hope.” We hope you will prayerfully consider becoming a part of what God is doing at Paupers.

“Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”

Acts 2:46-47


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Paupers has closed its doors and no longer has services

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To reach our Lead Pastor Josh Phillips: or 207.256.9156


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