Dylan Raines is the founder of Serving Oregon, a network that seeks to unite Oregon in the cause of ending poverty and solving problems across our state. He also serves as Media Director at the Salem House of Prayer and Online Media Manager for Pray Oregon.
I first stepped-foot in Oregon in June of 2011 during a west coast road trip with a good friend. Our first night was spent camping at Beachside State Park near Waldport, Oregon. I woke up before the rising of the sun and walked down the beach with only the soothing rush of the ocean and the faint squawk of a seagull in the distance. It was in that moment that I experienced one of the most profound and surreal moment in my life. I didn’t know how to describe it, but I knew that I felt deeply called to this place known as Oregon.
One year later in 2012 I began another west coast adventure, flying to Los Angeles with only what I had in my backpack. I had no plan other than to walk, meet people and discover ways to serve others in need of a genuine human connection, love, peace and compassion. After a few weeks of traveling northward, I arrived at the southern border of the Oregon coast and walked the 360+ miles of Oregon’s coastline. That was my first true introduction to the people of Oregon.
In 2015 I returned to the Oregon coast to being a “pilgrimage of prayer” that would last nearly 3 months, covering about 1000 miles on-foot. My intent was to complete that pilgrimage by establishing a “home base” in Oregon, but the timing had not yet come for me to officially become an “Oregonian.”
In April of 2017, I returned once again to Oregon to do a statewide tour with Pray Oregon, a prayer network of Oregon whom I serve as Online Media Manager. During those two weeks of covering over 3000 miles across the State of Oregon, I was invited to become a staff member at Salem House of Prayer.
I am now based in Salem, Oregon, traveling around the state to use what I have been gifted with to build relationships, bring unity and simply love people to the fullest I know how that we might have greater peace, freedom and compassion in our beautiful state.