Welcome to the website of First Presbyterian Church Bellingham where we are actively seeking to love God, love others, and help others love God in Bellingham, Whatcom County, and beyond. We have chosen to stay in the same downtown location for over 125 years – close to the heart of the city and to the university. We are an inter-generational church that welcomes everyone, preaches the Word of God, loves Jesus, seeks the Holy Spirit, and desires to provide transformational ministry starting from birth through life’s end. There is something for everyone and we invite you to join us in the variety of opportunities offered to help you encounter and reflect the life changing presence of Christ.

FPC Pastoral Staff

Rev. Doug Bunnell

Pastor Doug was born in Evanston, Illinois while his father was in graduate school. He grew up in Palo Alto, CA enjoying sports, reading, and spending time with family and friends. In junior high Doug’s family began to attend Menlo Park Presbyterian Church. That first Sunday in church Doug heard...

Rev. Becca Niemeyer

Associate Pastor Becca was born and raised in Seattle, WA. A love for ministry and a love for science have always paired well for her. She received her Bachelor of Science degree at UW preparing for a possible future in dentistry, only to be led instead to receive a Master...

Fred Hartsook FPC Inn Director

Fred Hartsook

The Garden Director Fred was adopted from South Korea and raised near Seattle, WA, and made his way to Bellingham for college in 2003. At The INN, he found community and formation as he took his first meaningful steps following Jesus as an adult. After college, Fred didn’t pursue ministry...

Erin Vanstaalduinen

Youth Coordinator Erin has lived in Bellingham since 2010. She loves everything the PNW has to offer – oceans, coffee, taco trucks, and adventures. Her recent adventures have included biking the California coast to raise support for girls to be able to attend school in Iraq, traveling to Uganda as...

Kerrie Bauer

Commissioned Pastor to Children and Families Children’s ministry has been a part of my life since my earliest memories. My parents worked for Child Evangelism Fellowship when I was young and served as foster parents in a boys’ home on Capitol Hill in Seattle. Their passion for sharing the good...