Our Staff

Ryan Bajema

Lead Pastor

Ryan is the primary preacher on Sunday mornings and provides leadership to the staff as well as the overall church. He works closely with our worship leaders in the formation of our worship services, and also has a passion to raise up new leaders in ministry at FRC.

He really enjoys running, hiking, and being outside as well as spending time with his family.

Mike Smit

Director of Ministries

Mike helps coordinate our adult ministry efforts with volunteer leaders and teams, while serving as a sounding board and advisor for Pastor Ryan and the consistory. He helps with staffing issues while working closely with the deacons, the missions team, and our prayer ministry.  Mike also helps with strategic planning and facility issues.

Mike enjoys hiking, camping, and playing board games with his wife Diann.

Eric Westlund

Director of Youth Ministries

Eric gets the amazing pleasure of hanging out with junior and senior high students for a living. Being able to watch students mature, grow and have a blast while learning about God, is what makes his job so amazing. Eric is grateful to be surround be a great staff as well as his amazing youth group leaders and volunteers.

When not discussing the Seahawks and fantasy football, you can find Eric enjoying playing board games, watching movies, and taking walks with his wife.

Kristi Thies

Director of Children's Ministries

Kristi provides leadership and and oversight for our FRC Kidz ministry including The Crib (birth to 2), PreKidz (3yrs through pre-K) and FRC Kidz (K-5th grade). She partners closely with parents to raise up young children of God that can stand firm in their faith connecting with God and their peers, growing steadily in their personal relationship with our Lord Jesus, equipping them to serve both God and others to the extent they can go out and share their faith wherever God leads them in their future.

Melissa Longstreth

Office Coordinator

Melissa is the first voice you’ll hear when calling FRC and serves as the primary liaison for the office and "church life!" She is responsible for assisting the office staff in their ministry areas with phone calls, database entry, emails, and other daily office activities.

Melissa enjoys drinking coffee with her family and spending time on their boat with her husband.

Lise Jamison

Office Assistant

Lise serves as a part-time office assistant. She works in many areas as an assistant to Melissa through organizing and arranging Helping Hands (Meal Ministry), providing leadership in our prayer ministry, and helping with the children’s needs during Thursday Morning Women’s Bible study.

Lise loves drinking coffee in the mornings with her husband, decorating, decorating, and watching movies with her kids.

Rich & Joanna Fullner

Senior Visitation

This tag-team couple provides care and support to our senior saints by visiting them in their homes, care centers, retirement facilities, and hospitals. As seniors themselves, they have a rich understanding of the often overlooked needs of this life-stage.  They are a huge blessing to our congregation, both young and old, with their vibrant hearts and love for all.

Ken Knudsen

Bookkeeper || Sound Technician

Ken is an FRC life-er!  He was raised by incredible parents that modeled a life of service to the church. In the early 80’s he began working with the sound system and really found his joy in ministry. These last several decades have been full of change and growth as technology has brought us from a 12 channel mixer to a digital mixer capable of 64 channels.  A transition from hymn books to overheads to slides to a computer and now the latest in software, has truly been both a challenge and a blessing.

Through the various changes over the years Ken's primary responsibilities include recording contributions, working closely with our CPA with our finances, as well as running our sound board and providing oversight and leadership to our Media/AV department.

In Ken's spare time he enjoys looking at the latest in church tech stuff on the internet as well as time in the kitchen.

Debbie Rottier

Hospitality

Debbie grew up in Lynden and FRC then joined YWAM in 1982. She has served in the hospitality ministry in the mission with training, hosting major events and oversight in different ministry locations around the world. She is an author to A Cup of Cold Water. There is a special spot in her heart for women to reach their full potential and enjoys mentoring and walking alongside them. Debbie is married to Arnold and has 3 adult children and a lovely daughter in law! They still are full time YWAMers bringing on - sight training in the area of community development and hospitality to YWAM ministry locations. In between their international assignments, they get to call Lynden their home.

Tami VanderPloeg

Custodian

Tami has been serving as FRC’s custodian for over 20 years.  Her primary responsibilities are the care and cleaning of the church facility along with the set-up and breakdown of all church activities and events.  She loves the flexibility her job offers and the ability to use her gifts of organization to help and serve others.
 
Tami is married to Ned and have 2 grown children and 3 grandchildren (all boys).  When not at church, you will find her in the garden with her dahlias, reading books to her grandsons, and cheering loudly for #18 as a die-hard NASCAR fan.