on a journey to know jesus Better

& make jesus known

Our church family is made up of people of all ages who love Jesus, the Bible, and serving others. We believe God has called us to demonstrate His love and share it with people on Whidbey Island and beyond.


"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Sprit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." Matthew 5:19-20

 

As a Christian and Missionary Alliance church, we are on a journey of learning to love Christ and others well.  We invite you to join us in this mission as we grow together in fellowship and service.


Sunday Children's Ministry

Infants through fourth grade

During our services, children have the opportunity to learn about God in age-appropriate ways. 

Church Staff


  • Rev. Will Crawford - Lead Pastor

    Will came to Island Church by way of Little Rock Arkansas, where he worked at Fellowship Bible Church in a number of capacities. Originally born and raised in Upstate New York, Will moved to Canada to attend Canadian Bible College where he prepared to enter ministry. There he met his wife Jennifer, a British Columbia native, who also sensed God’s calling on her life as well. After marrying, Will and Jennifer pastored in a number of Alliance churches in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba, where Will served as the lead pastor at Cornerstone Alliance church. During their time in Saskatchewan, Will also completed his M.Div from Canadian Theological Seminary. Will and Jennifer have four daughters, two boxers, two cats and a pretty busy life. When not busy, Will loves to watch movies, smoke brisket, tinker with old VWs and accomplish his check list of projects around the house. He is hoping life on the Island will afford him new opportunities to fishing, crabbing, and clamming!


    Contact:  wcrawford@islandchurchofwhidbey.org

  • Sean and Nikki York - Youth Ministry Coordinators

    Seans position in the U. S. Navy brought Sean and Nikki to the island in 2008. They began volunteering with the Island Church youth in the fall of 2015 and began leading the ministry in the spring of 2016. They have three children, Kaden, Logan, and Abigailwhom they homeschool. Sean and Nikki enjoy the outdoors, adventuring around the island, the beach, fishing in the sound, spending time with friends and family, and hanging out with and building relationships with the youth of South Whidbey. 


    Contact: youth@islandchurchofwhidbey.org

  • Kim Brady - Children's Ministry Director

    Contact: islandkids@islandchurchofwhidbey.org

  • William Bolding - Worship Leader

    Will and his Danielle have been married for over 25 years. They have raised three beautiful daughters and are coming into the “empty nest” phase of life. They look forward to what God has planned for their future. Music is his passion. He has been a musician as long as he can remember. He has been part of the Island Church worship team for over 13 years. He is blessed, and humbled to be the current worship leader. Will believes their job as a worship team, is to prepare the congregation’s hearts for the revelation of God’s word.

    Shout to the Lord, all the earth, breakout in praise and sing for joy! Sing your praise to the Lord. (Psalm 98:4-9)


    Contact: office@islandchurchofwhidbey.org

  • Samara Birkey - Office Administrator

    Originally from California, Samara has taught elementary and middle school students for over 20 years. She LOVED teaching U.S. history.  She has lived on Whidbey Island for 6 years and enjoys living by the lake. Samara volunteers with our youth and worship departments. She loves hanging and fellowshipping with the amazing students we have here at the Island Church. In her free time she loves to watch movies, read books, and hang out with family and friends. She also knows where to find the flakiest croissants on Whidbey. She may or may not tell you if you ask. 


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Our Mission, Vision, and Values


MISSION

Island Church of Whidbey exists to worship God and guide people into a life of changing relationship with Jesus Christ


VISION

We aspire to be a Christ-centered, spirit-led, disciple-making fellowship that is called to thoughtfully engage, unconditionally love, and humbly serve the diverse community on South Whidbey and the world.


VALUES

The people of Island Church of Whidbey are committed to:


The Gospel—because God has revealed His good news to us, we seek to be continually shaped by the Gospel and then called to share the Gospel, with everyone we encounter, inviting all to put their faith and trust in Jesus Christ. (John 3:16; Mark 16:15; Romans 1:17; 3:23-24; Romans

10:9)


Biblical Knowledge—because God speaks and reveals Himself through Scripture, we value the expositional teaching of the word of God. We seek to study it and live in submission to it as the guide that shapes how we live. (2 Timothy 3:16-17, 4:1-2; Colossians 3:16)


Community and World Focused—because God loves us and prepares us to do good works, we desire to love and bless others by bringing the good news of Christ to our community and world through evangelism, acts of service, and ministries of compassion. (Acts 1:8; Ephesians 2:10)


Being Inclusive—because all people matter to God and are of equal value in His sight, we value acceptance of everyone—people from different ethnic and political backgrounds, those marginalized by society, and any people hurting or needy. We welcome all who seek to find and

follow Christ. (Luke 19:10; 2 Corinthians 5:19-20; Galatians 3:26-28; Mark 2:17)


Grace—because God is merciful and pours out His grace upon us, we desire to embrace loving relationships, forgiveness, freedom in Christ, and unconditional love. Biblical conflict resolution is followed as a lifestyle of peacemaking. (1 Peter 4:8-9; Colossians 3:12-15; Matthew 6:14; Heb.

12:14)


Worship and Prayer—because of who God is and what He has done, we glorify Him in our worship and praise; giving of our time, money and resources; and praying individually and corporately as a church body. (Matthew 6:9-13; John 4:24; Romans 12:1)


Developing Leaders—because God establishes leaders and desires good leadership, people are mentored, trained, and equipped to be disciples through servant-leadership, modeled after the example of Jesus Christ. (Romans 13:1; 1 Timothy 4:8; 1 Timothy 4:13; Titus 2:7; 1 Thess. 5:12-

13)


Transformation—because God loves us and His Spirit resides in us, the transforming power of Jesus Christ in one’s daily life is cultivated through prayer, time in the Word, fellowship with others, and personal obedience to Jesus. (Romans 12:2; Galatians 5:16; Colossians 2:6-7)


Life in Community—because God desires for us to be in relationship with Him and in fellowship with others, we value all generations and seek to minister to each by bringing them together in order to love, care for, learn from, encourage, and carry one another’s burdens. (Mark 10:14;

Galatians 6:2; Ephesians 4:2,15-16)

Governing Board

Our church is lead by our lead pastor and governing board.
Our governing board is made up of our elders and members at large. 


Jim Henderson (Elder), Sara Waldvogel, Claire Rasmussen (Chairman, Elder), Emily Ruderman, Jocelyn Larson, Matt Nienhuis (Elder), Jeff Hodson (Elder), and Pastor Will Crawford (Lead Pastor).