Leadership

Pastors & Staff

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, a boxer, two cats, a chameleon and a pretty busy life. When not busy, Will loves to watch movies, smoke brisket, tinker with old VW's 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!

Sean & Nikki York

Youth & Family Ministry Coordinators 

Sean’s service 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 Abigail, whom 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.

Kim Brady

Children & Family Ministry Director 

Originally from California, The Brady’s have never felt more at home than here on Whidbey. Kim and her husband Tim have been blessed with 5 children:  Allie, Avery, Noah, Lulu, and Elsa. Kim loves to come up with creative ways for the children at Island Church to learn about the loving heart of our Lord Jesus.  She loves to view the wonder and creativity of our Heavenly Father, through the eyes of a child. Kim is homeschooling her 3 youngest children and loves to be outdoors and in God’s creation, she can also frequently be found with a paintbrush in her hand.

William Bolding

Worship Lead

Will and his wife 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)

Samara Birkey

Administrative Assistant

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 over 6 years and enjoys living by the lake. Samara volunteers with our youth and worship departments. She loves hanging out 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 spending time with family and friends.

Sheryl Sulse

Preschool Director

Coming from San Jose, California, Sheryl has spent the last 16 years devoted to working with children and families at various capacities, from child care and school settings, to leadership with Venture Christian Church Kids Ministry. Sheryl and her husband Warren have 4 children, Joshua, Christian, Isabelle and Josiah. They are excited to be close to family and to build new relationships at church and in the community. Sheryl enjoys going to the park, the beach, sporting events, drinking good coffee, and chowing down on some hot buttery popcorn.