I moved to this area in 1980 to teach math at Ferndale High School (FHS). Much of my adult life has been centered here at CLC. My husband, Steve, and I were married in the space that is now the Fellowship Hall. Beautiful music for our wedding was provided by youth and adults from CLC and FHS. Our children were baptized and confirmed as they grew up in this community of believers.
I have served many roles over the years, mostly with preschool, Sunday school, and Vacation Bible School. It is an honor to serve on the church council and I ask for your prayers of support. One of my favorite Bible passages is the 23rd Psalm, especially verse 6: Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever. Regardless of what happens in life, goodness and mercy are always to be found.
My wife Penny and I joined CLC in 2013 following my retirement from 39 years of medical practice in the US Army and in Tacoma, WA . We transferred membership from Christ Lutheran Church in Lakewood, WA where we had been members for over 30 years. We had been active there, including Sunday School teaching, church committee/council activities, and I served as an assistant lay minister in worship services for several years.
Penny and I were both raised and confirmed in the Lutheran church as children, but have had a blessed and varied journey within the Christian body of believers during our 21 years while I was on active duty in the Army Medical Corp as a physician, as well as other Christian fellowship groups we have been involved with.
We have four grown children, four grandchildren and have recently moved to Blaine, WA as our retirement home. We feel blessed to have been led to CLC with its wonderful congregation and Pastor Jana’s shepherding that seeks to live out our Lord’s command to serve him by serving our neighbor and one another.
I first joined Christ Lutheran Church (CLC) as a young girl (charter member) and was confirmed and married at CLC. Several cities, churches, and years later, my husband, Geoff, and I transferred membership to CLC. Our three grown children live in the Seattle area. A former educator, I studied at Pacific Lutheran University and University of Washington. I serve as the council secretary, and I appreciate the grace-filled environment at CLC.
Christ Lutheran is where my faith continues to grow and where I am surrounded by a ministry of many hands and hearts serving as Jesus calls us to do. I look forward to this term on the Church Council, carrying forth with our mission “We live in Christ and share His love with all people.” We also have the exciting challenge of implementing the recent Learning Team recommendations for growth and ministry at CLC. It’s a number of years since I have served on Council and I am enthused about sharing the responsibility with this group of thoughtful and committed people.
Gary and I became members at CLC in 1968, raised our three sons here, and have been blessed with extended family and longtime friends in the congregation with us over the years. Now we can look back and reflect upon the vitality, wisdom, and breadth new faces have brought to our midst at CLC. A gift of the Spirit indeed!
I am a charter member of Christ Lutheran Church. My parents, Erv and Adele Pfeiffer were very active members of CLC and I have decided to try to follow in their footsteps. I am a Stephen Minister and Peer Supervision Leader, Lay Communion Minister, and Altar Guild Chair. I enjoy learning how the church works (from the inside, so to speak). There are so many things that need to be done and there are so many wonderful people that make it happen. I look forward to doing what I can for Christ Lutheran Church.
I joined CLC after moving to Ferndale from La Palma, CA in 2007. I attended services a few times, met some of the members and knew that I was at home. I then joined the choir in 2008. “To sing is to pray twice!” My favorite verse is 2 Kings 22:5.
I joined CLC with my wife, Jan, after moving to Blaine from Minnesota in 2015. We have six grown children, six grand-children, and have worked with over thirty foster children. I am a retired Lutheran chaplain, and have worked in hospitals, nursing homes, chemical dependency and mental health centers. Prior to this, I also did some parish ministry.
Jan and I moved to Washington to enjoy more time with our family. We love to travel and also like volunteering for the Blaine Food and Clothing Banks, Lynden Senior Center Meals on Wheels, Habitat for Humanity, Whatcom County Volunteer Chore Program, and Whatcom Hospice Program.
I been a member of CLC since 1973. I served as church secretary for 12 years and then spent 30 years at WWU. Both of my sons grew up in the church, adding their viola (Phil) and cello (Jeremy) music to many services. I have sung in the choir for over 40 years. My favorite verses relate to God loving us unconditionally and giving us the free gift of grace.
My wife Susan and I are both retired educators. I spent my entire career as a primary-grade teacher in Ferndale. Now I enjoy spending time gardening, doing art projects, cooking, and helping to raise our grandchildren.
I am excited to be part of the church council at CLC and to help fulfill our mission: We live in Christ and share his love with all people.
I have served as the pastor of Christ Lutheran since July 2011. I love how our faith community serves children, youth, and adults both in our church and in our community. I served previously as a campus and parish pastor in California and a youth minister in Ohio and California. I studied at California Lutheran University, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, and the Graduate Theological Union. I live in Ferndale with my husband Michael and son Tae.
Christ Lutheran Church is a Spirit-led congregation where all people grow in faith, and develop and nurture relationships through worship, fellowship, service, and outreach.
Christ Lutheran Church
P.O. Box 845
5904 Vista Drive
Ferndale, WA 98248