Our Story




Pastor Nels and Lorrie Church plant Bend Christian Center in Bend.


Gil and Nancy Miller become the pastors of Bend Christian Center and change the name to Desert Streams Church.


Daniel and Heather Burgess continue the legacy of DSC as the new senior leaders.

In 1987, Pastor Nels and Lorrie Church, were sent by their church in Alaska, to plant a new church in Bend, called Bend Christian Center (BCC).  The church was started with a strong emphasis on relationships, prayer, and missions. Pastor Nels felt that he was to resign as the lead elder/pastor of BCC, and to start a Bible school in the Philippines. Pastor Nels and the elders asked Gil and Nancy Miller to step into the role as senior elder/pastor in October of 1996. 

It was Pastor Gil that changed the name of the church to Desert Streams Church based on Isaiah 43:19.   “See I am doing a new thing now it springs up.  Do you not perceive it?  I will make a way in the wilderness and streams in the desert.”  Gil and Nancy pastored DSC for 24 years.  They passionately lead the congregation into deep connection with Jesus and each other.  

In April 2021 Gil and Nancy handed the church over to Daniel and Heather Burgess.  DSC has continued to seek practical ways to be a stream in the desert giving life to the city of Bend OR.  

Our Partnership With DOVE International

In 2003, Desert Streams became a partner church with DOVE International.  DOVE International is a worldwide family of believers in Christ involved in churches and ministries located in six continents. DOVE is directed by a team of apostolic overseers, and led by Larry Kreider.  As a local church, direct oversight is given to Desert Streams Church by Steve Prokopchak from the DOVE International apostolic counsel. Steve, and his wife Mary, offer encouragement, strength, wisdom, and accountability to Desert Streams.

The DOVE Vision

To build a relationship with Jesus, with one another, and transform our world from house to house, city to city, nation to nation.

The DOVE Mission

To exalt Jesus Christ as Lord, obey His Word, and to encourage and equip each believer for the work of ministry. This mission will essentially be accomplished by the threefold mandate God has given us: prayer, evangelism, and discipleship.