Paul Petersen

Lead Pastor


My wife Kappy and I have been married since 1979 and have lived in Bellingham since 1985.  She is a Physical Therapist (RPT) and loves to garden, cook, serve others and work out.  We have two adult sons, Joel who lives here in Bellingham, and Kyle who also lives in town with his wife, Ellen.


Masters degree (Applied Theology) from Regent College (Vancouver, B.C.)

Key Authors Who Have Shaped My Thinking

C.S. Lewis, John Stott, Eugene Peterson, Phillip Yancey, N.T. Wright 

Favorite Music Playlists

R & B from the ‘70’s, Traditional jazz from the 50’s and early 60’s, hymns from the Anglican church and the Russian Orthodox church

Favorite Coffee Hangouts

Black Drop Coffee House, Caffe Adagio, Lettered Streets Coffee House

Top 5 Baseball Parks

AT & T Park (San Francisco), Fenway Park (Boston), Safeco Field (Seattle), PNC Park (Pittsburgh), Sehome High School Field (Bellingham)

Great Vistas for Reflection and Prayer

Zuanich Park, Taylor Street dock, Whatcom Falls trails, Marine View Park

Favorite Daily Centering Prayer

“I bind unto myself today, the strong Name of the Trinity,
By invocation of the same. The Three in One, and One in Three,
Of whom all nature hath creation, Eternal Father, Spirit, Word.
Praise to the Lord of my salvation, Salvation is of Christ the Lord.”
(excerpt from the Prayer of St. Patrick)