Pastors & Staff

Ryan Jensema

I grew up in a family that loved and served Christ.  As I grew through my teen years I began to embrace my own faith and commitment to Christ.  I moved to Bellingham in the fall of 1995 to attend Western Washington University.  It was then that I connected with Northwest and began helping with the Middle School Youth Group as a volunteer. I came on staff as a summer youth intern in 1997 and have never looked back.  I served as…

Mark Hinkleman

I grew up in a family that was at church every time the doors were opened. Like the typical church kid, I prayed to receive Christ as my savior at a VBS the summer of 1985. My faith became a significant part of my life during middle school and high school. After high school, I went to Multnomah Bible College and began working at a local church. During this time I met my wife, Jennifer, and we were married in 2001. We…

Steve Wilson

I have been a member of Northwest since 2002.  I have also been a high school math teacher at Bellingham and Squalicum High Schools for the past 21 years, coaching various sports in 16 of those 21 years.  The years I wasn’t coaching I was the Posse Lead here at NWBC.  Working with youth is my passion and I enjoy every minute of it.  I am thrilled to have the opportunity to return to youth ministry again and am anxious…

Cathy Paxton

I grew up attending church and accepted Christ as my Savior when I was nine years old.  I married my husband, Tim, in 1978, and we have lived in Bellingham since 1980.  In 1989 I was searching for a church in Bellingham to help me raise my children to know and love God, and God led me to Northwest Baptist Church.  As my children grew, I became involved in various children’s programs at Northwest, helping to teach my children about…

Beverly Salisbury

I have been a member of NWBC since 1995 and have enjoyed volunteering in preschool church and Awana. I attended Southern Illinois University and majored in special education. Prior to moving to Bellingham, I taught children with special needs in Texas and South Carolina. After moving to Bellingham, I taught in Lummi Tribal School, Bellingham, Meridian and Ferndale school districts. Since retiring, I continue to substitute teach. I come from a family of 7 children and loving/believing parents and accepted…

Diane Bergquist

I grew up in a loving military family that didn’t go to church or know Jesus.  I usually went to church with friends and neighbors.  I was saved when I was in middle school where I attended a church in Okinawa, Japan.  My family decided that we would start attending church at Northwest Baptist.  It was a great feeling that my family started to go to church and I was no longer the only one that attended church.  My whole…

Rhianna Camacho

Raised in a Christian home, Rhianna accepted the Lord into her life shortly after her first child was born. “I regularly attend church and Bible study in Mt. Vernon. My husband and I have two children whom we enjoy spending time together with on our small family farm.”  She said about herself.  She enjoys riding horses, gardening, playing with their dog, goats and chickens, or most anything outdoors. When it rains you can find her trying out something new in the kitchen…

Jessica Bazett

I was born and raised in Vancouver, WA. At the age of 13 I was invited to go to church with a friend and soon after accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior. After I graduated High School, I felt the Lord leading me to move north. I lived in the Seattle area for about a year before I met my husband, Ryan. We met and got married in 2014 and the following year settled in Whatcom County. We are blessed to have a home…

Loren McWilliams

Teresa McWilliams