LEADERSHIP











Our church is led and cared for by our elders (Session), deacons, and staff. 

Connect with any of us for coffee to get to know us or our church better. 

  • NATE WALKER - Lead Pastor

    Nate has been the pastor of Christ Church since it first began in 2009.  He has degrees in Mathematics from Western Washington University (BS, MS) and went to seminary at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis (MDiv).  Nate is married to Shannon and has five children.  He loves any sport with a ball, reading, the outdoors, C. S. Lewis, and the Lord Jesus who has never failed him.


  • JON NEVILLE - Assistant Pastor & Church Planting Resident

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    Jon joined Christ Church in early 2018 after finishing seminary in Saint Louis.  He is originally from Colorado and frequently claims that Bellingham reminds him of Colorado, but with an ocean.  Jon is excited to be part of Christ Church Bellingham, and hopes to see more churches planted in Bellingham and beyond.  Jon and his wife Michelle live in the Samish neighborhood and enjoy walks, reading and picking up new hobbies.

  • JESSIE KLASSEN - Women's Discipleship Lead

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    Jessie Klassen is the wife of Ryan, whom she met while studying English Literature at Trinity Western University, and the mother of two boys, Levi and Isaac. She currently works as an online high school English teacher and coordinates CCB's women's Bible study. She loves to see people comforted, convicted, counseled, and renewed by God's Word. Some of her hobbies include cooking, gardening, jogging, hiking, and reading.


  • DIANA LIM - Director of Trinity Classical School

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    Diana serves as the Director of Trinity Classical School, a ministry of Christ Church Bellingham. She is married to her husband Arthur and they have three children- two daughters, Lily and Julianna and a son Ryder. Diana is passionate about Classical Christian education and the potential it holds for our children and community. In her free time, she enjoys reading, cooking, skiing, camping in the family's 1960s vintage trailer and playing with her kids.


  • TABITHA SCHWANDT - Children's Ministry Lead

    Tabithah Schwandt moved to Bellingham in August of 2014 and began attending Christ Church shortly thereafter. She is loving coastal living and has enjoyed exploring the beautiful beaches, mountains and lakes in Eastern Washington. Tabithah is married to John Schwandt and they have four (3 teens!) amazing kids. When she's not homeschooling or shuttling kids to and fro, Tabithah loves to cook people good food, run/hike in the woods, practice yoga, grow beautiful plants, do interior design and sew. She has a great desire to serve the woman and children in our church and has a special love for all chubby baby boys.



  • KEITH BODE - Elder (Clerk)

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    Keith has been an Elder at Christ Church since March 2012. He is married to his wife Jayne for 35 years. They have three children and four grandchildren. Keith works as an attorney in Lynden. It is his prayer that Christ Church Bellingham effectively equips its members, nurtures its young, and evangelizes its community.




  • BRANNON ELLIS - Elder

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    Brannon has been an elder at Christ Church since June 2015. He married his wife Kate in 2003 while they were still in college, and they’ve since moved all over the country—and some of the world!—together. They have three kids: Lily (born in San Diego), Callum (born in Aberdeen, Scotland), and Isaac (born in Chicago). Brannon is the Associate Publisher for Lexham Press, a Christian publisher headquartered in Bellingham. His favorite physical activity is bouldering; his favorite mental and spiritual activity—and his desire for Christ Church—is to dive deeply into the reality that everything holds together in Jesus (Colossians 1:15–17).

  • PAUL FREDETTE - Elder

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    Paul has been an Elder at Christ Church since March 2012. Paul met his wife Renay at UC Davis. They have four children, Madeline, Gabrielle, Elise and Blaise. Paul works as a surgeon. It is his hope that we grow in the grace of God together as a church. 




  • MIKE HOLLISTER - Elder

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    Mike Hollister has been an elder since 2015. He and his wife Amy have lived in Northwest Washington their whole lives, and have six delightful children. ​Mike is a journeyman financial services professional, has worked as a CPA, investment advisor and now works as an investment wholesaler. He wants to see families ​at Christ Church experience the tangible benefits of ​a deep grasp of Christian theology and have it shape every aspect of their life together​ as they become powerful instruments for the kingdom.


  • ART LIM - Elder

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    Art has been an Elder at Christ Church since March 2012. Art met his wife Diana at Malibu Young Life camp where they served as leaders together. He is blessed with two beautiful girls, Lily and Julianna and a son named Ryder. Art works as a Firefighter for the city of Kirkland. He is excited to serve as an Elder for Christ Church and hopes to continue to see our congregation live gospel centered lives together with much grace and joy.



  • CHRIS VANHOFWEGEN - Elder

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    Chris has been an Elder at Christ Church since March 2012. Chris met his wife Lisa at Northwestern College in Iowa. He is blessed with three children, Gabe, Calvin and Anna. Chris also works as a Orthopedic Surgeon. As an elder he hopes to see the Lord's grace more clearly in all our lives as we build Christ Church and serve one another.


  • NATHANIEL THOMPSON - RUF College Campus Minister

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    Nathaniel (a Washington native) and his wife Suzy (a Georgia native) moved to Bellingham in

    2016 with their three children to start RUF at Western. They are here to get to know you and help you know Christ.

  • JUSTIN AYERS - Deacon

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  • RAY DECK III - Deacon

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    A serial intrapreneur, Ray Deck III has a decade of experience inciting change from within complex organizations. He leads Skookum Kids, a not-for-profit that cares for children in their first 72 hours of foster care. When he’s not wrestling with bureaucracy, you can find him running, surfing, or backpacking through the Cascades. But you should go look for him. He has a terrible sense of direction, and is probably lost. 

  • TYSON SMITH - Deacon (Chair of the Missions Committee)

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    Tyson and his wife Tracy became members of CCB in 2013.  They have been blessed with three wonderful children, Kai, Grady and Isabel, which they can be found trailing most days.  He works around the Northwest with Armor Industrial.  Tyson has a heart for participating and witnessing the impact of Christ felt throughout the world. 

  • JIM UNGERSMA - Deacon

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    Jim has been a deacon at CCB for almost 2 years, and is part of the Resource Management team in the church. He has been a General Contractor for almost 15 years. Being married to his wife Laura of 32 years has been a great blessing, as well as seeing all 6 of his children walking with the Lord, most of whom are married.

  • JAMES VAN NOORD - Deacon (Congregational Care)

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    James Van Noord joined Christ Church in 2012. He is a transplant to the PNW and resides in the Birchwood neighborhood with his wife, Rebecca, and daughter, Penelope. He has a heart for welcoming visitors and caring for the needs of the CCB community. He is a software developer by day, and a baby entertainer and backyard project enthusiast by night. 

  • RYAN WYNNE - Deacon (Chair & Finance Committee)

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    Ryan has been a Deacon since 2014.  Ryan met his beautiful wife, Meagan, in high school.  They have four children, Dylan, Evan, Grayson and Morgan.  Ryan works as an endodontist in Bellingham.  He is excited to cultivate a culture of showing Christ's love in tangible ways to our community.

  • MEAGAN WYNNE - Diaconal Assistant

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    Meagan became a deaconal assistant in 2015.  She loves cooking, reading, running and teaching her kids at home.  She enjoys participating in the tutoring program.

  • LAURA UNGERSMA - Diaconal Assistant

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    Laura writes the weekly prayer list for the bulletin each Lord's Day and maintains the prayer agenda for CCB's bi-monthly prayer meetings. She also heads up the Celebrations committee which provides showers for new babies and new brides in the congregation. Laura is a life long pianist and vocalist and also enjoys scrap booking, sewing and gardening. Laura and her husband, Jim, have been married for 32 years. They count as their greatest blessings their six grown children who are beginning families of their own and desiring to raise the next generation in the faith. 


  • REBECCA VAN NOORD - Diaconal Assistant

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    Rebecca Van Noord joined Christ Church in 2012, drawn in by the loving community and gospel message. She spends her days raising her daughter, Penelope, while dabbling in freelance editing and writing. She enjoys gardening, hiking, and spending time with friends and family.


  • JAMES REDHED - Facility Maintenance

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  • TRACY SMITH - Bookkeeper

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    Tracy has been the bookkeeper since 2012 and part of Christ Church since 2011. She is wife to Tyson and mother to Malakai, Grady & Isabel.