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!

Evan Merculief

Associate Pastor of Youth

Having originally lived on the island from 2007 to 2018, Evan grew up in the church playing on the worship team and volunteering for the youth group which is where he found his calling to youth ministry. This led him to pursue his degree in youth & educational ministry and psychology minor at Multnomah University in Portland Oregon. This is where he met his wife Julie, who grew up in Portland and majored in music ministry at Multnomah. Alongside serving in the Island Church youth group for four years, Evan also worked with Central Bible Church in Portland for two years, YoungLife and helped lead a youth camp in Okinawa through Cadence International. Julie has grown up in the church and served in many capacities as well. Including music, missions to Mozambique, Tunisia and Greece and kids ministry. They married in March of 2021 and decided to immediately jump into full time ministry, leading them back to the island. They love kids and feel called to a life in ministry, helping to show the younger generations the good news. In their free time Evan and Julie love to explore the outdoors, read, play tennis, exercise, drink coffee and play music. 

Kim Brady

Children & Family Ministry Director
Preschool 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.