Audra McLain

I am grateful that I found Christ Lutheran Church when I moved to the area in 2013 with my two daughters. Through our recent capital campaign and building project, I’ve had the opportunity to meet and get to know more of our church family. I’ve been amazed at this congregation’s generosity of time, talents, and treasures.

This is my second year on Council and I am excited to serve and support our mission as we continue through a time of change. I look to Colossians 3:17: “And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”

Beth Andres
Beth Andres
Vice President*

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.

Karen Larson

This is my second year serving on the council, and I am currently the secretary. My husband Matt, son Erik, and I have been members of Christ Lutheran for 10 years. My husband and I both work in Ferndale, and our son is a sophomore at FHS.

Bruce Mathias
Victoria Wilhelmsen

I have been involved with community and world wide organizations—all with goals of improving the quality of lives for families locally and empowering individuals in foreign countries with small micro loans to generate a source of income to provide basic needs for their families—for most of my adult life.  I am honored and humbled to serve on CLC’s council as your Evangelism liaison.  My husband Peter and I feel blessed to be a part of CLC’s warm and welcoming family, dedicated to focusing on giving the surrounding community a place to meet and feel safe in our newly renovated space for Grace.  I am excited to see the community join us.

Maria Balentine
Mary Kaninkeberg
Parish Education
Liz Mathias

I am so pleased to call CLC home!  I am a life-long Lutheran and volunteer.  On Sundays you will find me playing guitar and singing at the contemporary worship service, at other times throughout the month, as Council representative for Preschool, and/or wherever needed to assist with special projects.  We are so fortunate to have one of the very best preschools and tenured teaching teams at CLC working with and guiding our young children.  God has put me in the right place!  It is an honor to be associated with this very special organization.

Our church community a is warm and welcoming place where members, visitors, neighbors, family and friends can gather at one of two worship services on Sunday morning, and also find opportunities to share talents, time and blessings throughout the week.  As we become a church with eyes to the future, it is truly inspiring to see God at work within this congregation as our vision to create space for grace becomes reality.

Brody Willis
Property Management

In 2000, my wife Carla, our two sons, and I moved to Ferndale. Born and raised in Skagit County, I can’t imagine living anywhere other than the Pacific Northwest. I enjoy hiking, camping, and nature photography.

I graduated from Central Washington University in 1993 with a degree in Computer Science. I worked first as a software developer, before finding my niche as an IT systems administrator with a Ferndale company.

Carla and I joined Christ Lutheran in 2018, after being moved by the lovely Christmas Eve service. We are grateful to have found our church home.

Jan Schlack
Social Concerns

After living in Minnesota for 27 years my husband and I moved to Washington where 2 of our 6 children are raising families. We were impressed with the outreach of Christ through social ministries. At CLC I have been involved with Adult Education, VBS, quilters, Stephen Ministry, Box Tops for Education to benefit Ferndale schools, and have signed the church up for the Adopt-a-Highway program.

I also volunteer through the Whatcom County Volunteer Chore Program, am Director of the Blaine Community Clothing Bank, keep a foster home for dogs, and am on the Board of Directors of the Alternative Humane Society.

We enjoy all the people at Christ Lutheran and love being in an area that has so much shoreline, beautiful trees, mountains, and very little snow and cold.

Carolyn Jonson

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!

Matt Springer
Worship and Music

I am a life-long Lutheran. I was raised in Bellingham as a member of Christ the Servant Lutheran Church in Bellingham. I am happily married to my wife, Mary. I first started coming to CLC in January 2015 and have been playing the piano in the worship band. I have really enjoyed worshiping here because it feels like home. Everyone has been very welcoming and genuine. I enjoy working to bring new energy to the worship band and the contemporary worship service.

George Holmes

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.

Rev. Dr. Jana Schofield

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 graduated from California Lutheran University, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, and the Graduate Theological Union, and recently received a Doctor of Ministry degree at Seattle University. I live in Ferndale with my husband Michael and son Tae.

*Executive Committee