What We Believe

These are the beliefs Nazarenes hold to be true:

We believe in one God-the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
We believe that the Old and New Testament Scriptures, given by plenary inspiration, contain all truth necessary to faith and Christian living.
We believe that man is born with a fallen nature, and is, therefore, inclined to evil, and that continually.
We believe that the finally impenitent are hopelessly and eternally lost.
We believe that the atonement through Jesus Christ is for the whole human race; and that whosoever repents and believes on the Lord Jesus Christ is justified and regenerated and saved from the dominion of sin.
We believe that believers are to be sanctified wholly, subsequent to regeneration, through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
We believe that the Holy Spirit bears witness to the new birth, and also to the entire sanctification of believers.
We believe that our Lord will return, the dead will be raised, and the final judgment will take place. 

Our Core Values

We Are a Christian People 
As members of the Church Universal, we join with all true believers in proclaiming the Lordship of Jesus Christ and in embracing the historic Trinitarian creedal statements of Christian faith. We value our Wesleyan-Holiness heritage and believe it to be a way of understanding the faith that is true to Scripture, reason, tradition, and experience. 

We Are a Holiness People 
God, who is holy, calls us to a life of holiness. We believe that the Holy Spirit seeks to do in us a second work of grace, called by various terms including "entire sanctification" and "baptism with the Holy Spirit"-cleansing us from all sin, renewing us in the image of God, empowering us to love God with our whole heart, soul, mind, and strength, and our neighbors as ourselves, and producing in us the character of Christ. Holiness in the life of believers is most clearly understood as Christlikeness. 

We Are a Missional People 
We are a sent people, responding to the call of Christ and empowered by the Holy Spirit to go into all the world, witnessing to the Lordship of Christ and participating with God in the building of the Church and the extension of His kingdom (Matthew 28:19-20; 2 Corinthians 6:1). Our mission (a) begins in worship, (b) ministers to the world in evangelism and compassion, (c) encourages believers toward Christian maturity through discipleship, and (d) prepares women and men for Christian service through Christian higher education. 

Welcome to Bethel Church of the Nazarene

Bethel Nazarene ChurchBethel Church of the Nazarene is a family-focused church that seeks to "Love God, Love People, and Serve in Love.”

Welcome to the online community of Bethel Church of the Nazarene. Take a few moments to get acquainted with us before visiting one of our encouraging services this weekend. Our hope is that through the ministry of our church you will find a place to belong, an opportunity to serve, and a connection with God.

At Bethel Church of the Nazarene there is a place for you. People are unique—so we have a church that meets the needs of a diverse group of people in a variety of ways. We want you to know that there is a place for you to make Bethel Naz your church.

Pastor Chris Wighaman

Church Leaders

Our church leaders look forward to welcoming you to our church family

Pastor Chris Wighaman, Lead Pastor

Pastor Chris provides leadership and guidance for the church as a whole. He started in ministry in 1997 and came to Bethel Nazarene as Lead Pastor in 2011. He graduated from Mount Vernon Nazarene University in 1997 and in 2006 received a MA from Kings College, University of London. He is married to Megan, and they have two children, Reece and Molly. Chris loves to travel, visit art museums, read, and cook with Megan.

Pastor Michelle Borbe, Worship Director and Spiritual Discipleship Lead

Michelle invites our congregation in worship every Sunday while also leading our small group programs for discipleship and continual growth towards Christ. Michelle has been an associate at Bethel since June of 2016. She began her full-time ministry 2 years ago in youth ministry and has been volunteering in ministry for over 6 years. Michelle graduated with her BA in Christian ministries in 2014 from Northwest Nazarene University (NNU) and received her MA in spiritual formation in May 2016 from NNU. Michelle loves getting to know new people and is eager and willing to meet with you and have a cup of coffee or tea!

Pastor Megan Wighaman, Youth Director

Megan has had the privilege of working with teenagers for more than 20 years. Before coming to Bethel Nazarene as our Youth Director, she worked at four churches in different states and overseas and traveled across the country and in Germany and Belgium as a youth coordinator and presenter. She currently serves the Washington Pacific District as the Nazarene Youth International President in addition to her work at Bethel. A former student of Nazarene Bible College, she is currently completing her ministerial studies. Born and raised in Colorado, she loves living in Western Washington. Megan is married to her best friend and partner in life and ministry, Chris. They have two amazing kids, their son Reece and daughter Molly.

Andy Perrine, Children's Director

Andy skillfully plans and runs programs for school-age children, including impactful lessons and games that build character and relationships. He started in ministry in 2012 and came to Bethel Nazarene as Children's Director in 2016.  He graduated from Northwest Nazarene University in 2016 with an MA in children and family ministry.  He is married to Crystal, who works with him in children's ministry. Andy is a born problem solver and loves working with parents to see their children grow in stature before God and the community.

Zerinda Holden, Office Secretary

Zerinda served as a Sunday School teacher and on the Board as a Steward until accepting her current position as Church Office Secretary. In her hometown of Anderson, Indiana, she was involved as the Director of the Caravan Program for 10 years, led a Women's Bible Study in her home, and was involved in the Care & Concern outreach ministry. However, being a mother and grandmother are Zerinda's first and most precious loves. She's always enjoyed cooking, baking, and being outside gardening. A second-generation Nazarene, she moved to the area in September 2006. She also serves on the Ladies Ministry Committee. Zerinda is a graduate of Porter Business College in 1970.

Elected Leadership 
SDMI President: Andy Perrine
Trustees: Mel Albers, Joe Krutenat, Larry Lundgren
Stewards: Rodney Neiss, Judy Paksi, Leanne Schock
NMI President: Katy Clark
NYI President: Ronia Cartwright

Sunday Worship

An important part of your church experience is a personal and shared encounter with the presence of God. We generally have services at 9:30 and 11:00 on Sundays, with fellowship at 10:30 in between, but check the Sunday tab at the bottom of the page for special times. We'd love to have you join us.