Dan Boehlje - Lead Pastor - email
Family: Married to Cory with two wonderful kids, Mark and Bryn
Where I Grew Up: On a farm near Rockwell, Iowa
Education: B.A. in Youth Ministry; M.Div; M.B.A
Hobbies/Interests: Cooking; being outdoors; hunting and fishing; working on our home or yard
Favorite Scripture and Why: Proverbs 4:23 - "Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it."
Authors/Books that have Impacted My Life: In The Name of Jesus by Henry Nouwen; All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot; the works of Patrick O'Brien
Favorite TV Shows: I watch lots of sports and always have. As a kid, I loved The Dukes of Hazard and Hee Haw. Maybe it still shows in the way I dress and the music I like. Now, I watch TV with my kids. We like Tree House Masters, Myth Busters and Mic Dodge. Or pretty much anything with animals, explosions and the outdoors.
Favorite Musical Artists: Zack Brown Band, Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, U2, Pearl Jam, Black Crows, Sara Bareilles, T-Swift? J.K.
Favorite Vacation Place: I love the beach and also camping in the mountains.
Favorite Food(s): What’s not to like?
Best Childhood Memory: It was very fun to grow up on a farm. Lots and lots of great memories.
Someone I Would Like to Meet: I have a couple grandparents that I never met - maybe someday in heaven. I would also love to meet Brett Favre or any of the Green Bay Packers, really.
Great Vista for Reflection and Prayer: Zuanich Park on Bellingham Bay; the North Fork near Glacier, WA; the Blue Hole in North Bend
Angela McCann - Children's Pastor - email
Family: Just over 25 years ago, I married my high school sweetheart and prom date. Tom and I chose to move to North Bend to raise our kids, Elizabeth, Emily and Dylan.
Hometown: I grew up in Southern California and while I only miss the sunshine a little bit, I miss my extended family a great deal. We make a yearly trek down the coast and I still can’t figure out why the train, slowest mode of travel, is the most expensive, maybe because it's the most fun.
Education/Experience: Licensed Minister with the Evangelical Covenant Church and currently continuing my education at North Park Seminary. I have served on staff in Children’s Ministry for over 13 years and teaching children continues to be my calling and my joy. I recently wrote and published The Biggest Love Ever to help children understand who God is and to help parents talk about faith with their children.
Hobbies/Interests: Game night with my family is my favorite thing to do. I also enjoy reading, writing, traveling, concerts and being with friends.
Favorite Scripture and Why: I was the kid that could never choose just one of the 31 flavors of ice cream so it goes that I have several favorite scriptures, but one that stands out is Isaiah 40:31. “Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles, they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” It reminds me to rely on God.
Authors/Books that have Impacted My Life: Almost anything by CS Lewis, but especially Mere Christianity and A Grief Observed; Anne of Green Gables; The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe; Pride and Prejudice along with most classic English literature; and my favorite daily devotional is Streams in the Desert by LB Cowan.
Favorite Movies/TV Shows: Since I was a little girl I’ve loved I Love Lucy and Little House on the Prairie. At my son’s request I watched Dr. Who and, in case you are wondering, the 10th Dr is my favorite. My current favorite show is Agents of Shield. Also having fun watching baseball and Formula 1 with Tom; Gone with the Wind and Bringing Up Baby. Thanks to Emily, I am a LOTR fan (read Lord of the Rings) and thanks to Dylan and Elizabeth I am turning into a Marvel Universe fan so Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers are in my top movies.
Favorite Vacation Place: Italy is my favorite place because the tastes and the sounds, the cadences of people speaking remind of being at Grandmas. I love to sightsee and never get tired of cathedrals, sculptures, and historical sites. Also, the gelato!
Favorite Food(s): My mother’s chocolate cake, Grandmas Risotto, Aunt Mary’s Eggplant Parmesan, Elizabeth’s Pizzelles, and Tom’s Tequila Chicken.
Tim Anderson - Youth Pastor - email
Family: Allison, my wife, and Imogen and Ivy, our beautiful daughters
Where I Grew Up: I grew up in Chicago, cheering for Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls.
Education: Covenant Bible College, Ecuador; Undergrad at North Park; Masters of Christian Formation from North Park Theological Seminary
Hobbies/Interests: I play acoustic and electric guitar, illustrate graffiti-style drawings using the pseudonym "Rise," and love to run with Allison.
Favorite Scripture and Why: Colossians 3:15 - "Let the peace of Christ rule your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful." This verse sums up the kind of life we are called to in Christ. I'm part of the "Big C" Church, where all those who follow Jesus trust in Him for purpose and lasting peace. It is in this lasting peace that we can grow together in trust and in joy, following Christ's lead with grateful hearts.
Favorite TV Show: One word: Survivor.
Favorite Music: The Beastie Boys, All Sons and Daughters, The Beatles
Favorite Vacation Place: Allison and I honeymooned in La Jolla, CA, and it literally has the best combination of beaches, seals, and sushi you could ask for.
Favorite Food(s): Tacos, sushi, burgers, and more tacos.
Someone I Would Like to Meet: I would love to meet Pete Carroll, that guy has energy for days.
Great Vista for Reflection and Prayer: One of my favorite places in the Midwest is Sawyer Beach State Park in Sawyer, MI. I've had so many great spiritual experiences hiking the dunes throughout my life there. God is good!
Lyndsey Watson - Associate Pastor - email
Family: Married to Tom - with two kids, Elle and Eli
Where I Grew Up: North Bend, Washington
Education/Experience: BS in Biology, MACF from North Park Theological Seminary, Certificate of Intercultural Studies; worked at University Baptist Church in Fayetteville, AR before moving back to North Bend in 2008.
Hobbies/Interests: Gardening, DIY, crafting/projects, reading and coloring.
Favorite Scripture and Why: One favorite is Micah 6:8 - "He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God." It's a wonderful reminder of our purpose to love God and love others.
Favorite Books/Authors: A new favorite is Star Girl by Jerry Spinelli - with hope that there is a little Star Girl in all of us. My favorite ministry related book is Foreign to Familiar by Sarah Lanier - a must read for anyone interacting with other cultures, including cultures within the U.S.
Favorite Movies or TV Shows: I love romantic comedies!
Favorite Playlists: My amazon playlist includes Pop Fitness and 80s Pop Radio.
Favorite Vacation Place: Anywhere I can relax and read!
Favorite Food: Pizza!
Someone I Would Like to Meet: I would like to grab a cup of coffee with Pope Francis.
Great Vista for Reflection and Prayer: One of my favorite times of reflection and prayer is when I'm weeding my garden. It's one of my favorite things to do and it's peaceful being outside alone or with my family working and playing in the background.
Interesting Thing About Me You May Not Know: I've been bungy jumping and would love to go skydiving!
Lisa Krasowski - Office Administrator - email
Family: Married to Brian with six kids, Taylor, Owen, Camden, Joanna, Cia, and Dru
Hometown: Spokane, Washington
Education: AAS degree and AAS in Physical Therapist Assistant from Whatcom Community College in Bellingham, Washington
Hobbies/Interests: Baking, hiking, spending time with my family and watching movies
Favorite Scripture and Why: My favorite verse is Romans 12:6: "We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us." This is my favorite verse because it reminds me that God made me exactly the way I am supposed to be, that I should use the gifts and talents He gave to the best of my ability, and I shouldn't try to be anything else.
Favorite Books: Right now, my favorite books are the Narnia series because I am reading them with my kids and I love to see their faces when they relate events in the books to what they know about God and their faith.
Favorite Movies or TV Shows: Big Bang Theory, Suits, White Collar, DIY/home improvement shows
Favorite Musical Artists/Playlists: Mumford & Sons, Silversun Pickups, 90's music
Favorite Vacation Place: Anywhere I don't have to do the dishes.
Favorite Foods: All of it! Especially BBQ and sushi.
Best Childhood Memory: Road trips with my family to North Dakota to see relatives.
Danny Kolke - Worship Ministry Leader - email
Family: My wife, Robyn, and I have lived in the Snoqualmie Valley for 18 years raising our three children, Leslie, James & Daniel.
Hometown/Where I Grew Up: Fulton, NY; Edmonds/Lynnwood, WA
Education: High School Dropout - eventually got AAS
Hobbies/Interests: Music, painting, reading, teaching music
Favorite Scriptures and Why: Ephesians 2:10 – “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” James 2:17 – “In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.” James 1:2 – “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.” These verses remind me to serve others, that I'm supposed to, and also to consider challenges as blessings.
Authors/Books that have Impacted My Life: As a Man Thinketh by James Allen; The Walk by Richard Paul Allen; Self Reliance by Emerson; Friendship by Emerson
Favorite Musicians: Oscar Peterson, Gene Harris, Dizzy Gillespie, Michel Petrucciani - Jazz Musicians
Favorite Vacation Places: I love to travel; Germany and the UK. I loved Poland and would like to go to the Ukraine when it's safe to go there.
Favorite Food(s): Chocolate Ice Cream, Fruit, and Potato PancakesBest Childhood Memory: Too many to pick one. Lots of time outside, snow, family, my brothers, music.
Someone I Would Like to Meet: You! Come talk to me, say hi.
Great Vista for Reflection and Prayer: I like praying while drinking coffee, thinking about stuff and journaling.
Julie Brestin - Volunteer Women's Ministry Leader - email
Family: Married since 1990 to my high school sweetheart, John. We have 6 children: Emily and Jessamyn, Simeon, Analise, Teaghan and Octavia.
Hometown: We've lived in North Bend since 2013 and I love it here! I consider Nebraska my stomping ground. I've also lived in Arizona, Indiana, Missouri, Mexico, and Panama, with summers in Wisconsin and Colorado.
Education/Experience: BS in Education from University of Nebraska. Certified K-12 and Spanish. I have taught elementary and high school Spanish, and home schooled my children for 4 years. Before moving here, I was director of Women’s ministry at Sherwood Bible Church in Kansas City, and have also directed women’s ministry, MOPS and children’s ministry in churches in Lafayette IN, Phoenix AZ and Omaha NE. I love watching God do great things with the gifts He gives His people. Throughout high school and college, I was involved with Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Navigators, where I learned to study and memorize scripture from so many amazing Godly people!
Hobbies/Interests: Gardening, reading, teaching, singing, hiking, camping, sewing, organizing, travel and languages.
Favorite Scripture and Why: Hebrews 12:1-3 which says in part "and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith...so that we will not grow weary and lose heart". I've run many races, including several marathons, and I love this verse because I believe God has given me a specific race to run for Him in this life. The goal is to know Him and make Him known. I never expect the race to be easy, and there are many distractions along the way, but with my eyes fixed on Jesus, I expect to run with perseverance and experience joy in the journey.
Favorite Books/Authors: I like to read anything I can get my hands on...novels, history, magazines, biography, young adult sci-fi and fantasy, theology, anything! A few favorite authors are: CS Lewis, GK Chesterton, Carolyn Custis James, Phillip Yancey, Beth Moore, Ann Voskamp. Last book that made me laugh out loud...Don Quixote by Cervantes (Penguin Classic version)
Favorite Movies or TV Shows: I like fast paced action and adventure, and comedies
Favorite Playlists: My Pandora playlist includes Beatles, 70's and 80's, Folk, Contemporary Christian, Classical and Jazz
Favorite Vacation Place: Door County, WI
Favorite Food: Indian
Someone I Would Like to Meet: Whoever God places in front of me
Great Vista for Reflection and Prayer: I love the sound of water, so sitting in a kayak on a calm lake leads me to worship.
Interesting Thing About Me You May Not Know: I feel pretty confident I could take out a zombie if needed.
George Englund - Volunteer Men's Ministry Leader - email
Family: Married to Carolyn 29 years, 5 children, 4 grandchildren
Where I grew up: Mercer Island through high school, have lived on the eastside of Seattle since then.
Education: Seattle School of Dental Technology, School of Hard Knocks
Hobbies / activities: Cooking, fly fishing, mountain biking, reading
Favorite verse / why: Eph. 3:20 "Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we can ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us" I have experienced times in my life when I have looked back and realized that God had indeed done immeasurably more than all I could ask or imagine and this verse reminds me of that when my faith is small.Books that have had an impact: Radical by David Platt, Seven Men by Eric Metaxas, The Call by Oz Guinness, Finishing Well by Bob Buford, Imagine Heaven by John Burke
Favorite TV shows: Just about any cooking show, Code Black, The Middle, Scooby Doo (old school)
Favorite music: 60's classic rock, jazz, worship, country, classical
Favorite food: Family dinners around our table, tacos to beef bourguignon
People I would like to meet: Paul Harvey, Chuck Swindoll and Jacques Pépin
Favorite vacation place: Kauai, in a lounge chair by the pool
What you might not know about me: Over my 38 year career in dental laboratory technology, I have made crowns, bridges and veneers for quite a variety of celebrities, including actors, rock stars and local professional sports figures. I have also been able to help restore smiles to victims of abuse, the homeless, underserved veterans, even a project involving the lost boys form Sudan. Having said that, I can't mention any by name because of patient confidentiality and HIPPA regulations.