Debbie Bernard

Administrative Assistant I

Deborah M. Bernard was born in Lake Stevens, WA and grew up in the First Baptist Church of Lake Stevens. She studied at Multnomah School of the Bible for one year, where she developed a lifelong passion for Journalism and Bible study. She earned her BA in Journalism at Western Washington University, wrote for The Bellingham Herald and the Friday Harbor Journal, then moved to Alaska’s oilfield with her husband Joseph. They lived and worked in Deadhorse for three decades, she as postmaster, and columnist for The Prudhoe Bay Journal, then both as “shopkeepers for the Slope.” They recently moved back to Bellingham when Joseph retired, where Debbie is writing her memoir, You Can’t Beat a Deadhorse, while free lancing as a feature writer and a copy-editor. Her stories appear monthly in Entertainment News Northwest. She is thrilled about her job at FPC because she prayed for work that would be both a job and a ministry.