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.

Chuck Kleinhesselink 

Pastor of Congregational Life

Chuck recently retired from full time pastoral ministry at Nooksack Valley Reformed Church in 2019. Together with his wife Jean, who works part time at Lynden Christian Elementary as a counselor, have three children. Two are married and living in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Their youngest daughter is presently a student at the University of South Dakota. 

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.

Lise Jamison

Office Coordinator 

Lise serves as FRC's office coordinator.  She works in many areas here; keeping the front desk organized (the best she can :), answering phones, greeting  people who come in the office, help with worship, organize and arrange Helping Hands (Meal Ministry); and helps communicate to our church body through email!
She loves coming to work every day, and knowing that she is around people that love the Lord and are doing the best to spread a light in our community!
She loves spending time in the morning drinking a cup of coffee with her husband, and as often as she can, sit with her growing kids while watching a movie.

Becki Berendsen

Office Assistant 

Becki is a lifelong Lynden resident and FRC-er!  In her role as office assistant, Becki will be providing support to the office coordinator, assisting any of our ministry staff as needed, keeping our website up to date, and making sure the church is always stocked with coffee :)
Becki enjoys spending time with her family and being mom to her 3 little girls.

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


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


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.