We are a people who love, follow, and serve Jesus.

We are located in the heart of Langley, the “Village by the Sea.” Our congregation is made up of people from many walks of life—longtime islanders and transplants. We believe God has a great plan for our church and community, and that our job is to partner with Him in accomplishing His will here.

Church Staff

  • Dr. Steve Miller - Intentional Interim Pastor

    Steve currently works as an intentional interim pastor helping churches in transition. He has previously worked in a wide variety of roles, all on the West Coast, including 18 years in the Pacific Northwest. He has been a senior pastor, adjunct professor of O.T. studies and preaching, church consultant, retreat speaker, denominational representative and university trustee. He has several degrees and has read way too many books. He enjoys helping Christians not only understand the gospel, their faith, but also contemporary culture.  Steve resides in Redmond, Oregon now and has been married to his wife, Marlene, since 1976. They have four married children and now seven grandchildren and counting. Steve enjoys golf, fishing, travel, history and spending time with his family. 

    Contact: office@islandchurchofwhidbey.org

  • Rev. Luis Sánchez - Associate Pastor

    Luis joined the Island Church staff in 2015, coming to us from Philadelphia, PA where he served as a church planter for seven years. Originally from Hempstead, NY, he met his wife Melissa, who is from Essex Junction, Vermont, when they were both studying pastoral ministry at Nyack College in New York. They have three young children. Luis loves fishing, kayaking, reading leadership blogs, learning about whales and eating soul food. Melissa is a family-growth photographer and loves kayaking, coffee, and road trips.

    Contact: luis@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

    William has been a part of the worship team for almost ten years and now leads our amazing team. William is a so-Cal native with a deep love for the Lord who has been a musician for most of his life. He is fascinated by dolphins. 

    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 5 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. 

Governing Board

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

Pictured left to right: Duane Kamps (Elder), Sara Waldvogel, Bruce Forbes (Chairman, Elder), Jon Chapman, LeAnn Larsen, Jim Henderson (Elder). Not pictured: Jeff Tribou (Elder), Steve Miller (Interim Pastor, Elder).

Contact: Bruce Forbes - ibforbes@whidbey.net

Our Mission, Vision, and Values


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


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.


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


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.


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-


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)