Pastors & Staff

Ryan Jensema

Senior Pastor 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…

Mark Hinkleman

Executive/Worship Pastor 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…

Steve Wilson

Youth Director 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…

Cathy Paxton

Children’s Ministry DIRECTOR 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…

Kellie Schmidt

Communications I accepted Christ in second grade at VBS.  I went to church with my mom and brother and continued to grow in my faith through Young Life, youth groups and The Inn at WWU.  I married my husband Peter in 1992. My first experience at NWBC was in January of 1997 when I took a temporary role as secretary, while they searched to fill the position permanently.  By that fall we had developed relationships with the wonderful people of…

Diane Bergquist

Bookkeeper 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…

Rhianna Camacho

Office Coordinator 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…

Joelle Price

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