Who We Are


With a passion for the lost and hurting world, our church is looking for ways to build bridges both in foreign missions and our own community of Ferndale.
Starting with a foundation rooted in strong biblical teaching, we encourage our members to take an active role in ministry. We believe our local church body has a responsibility to encourage each other and help each other grow to become an integral part of the body of Christ.


Sunday School
– Sundays @ 9:30am
Worship Service
– Sundays @ 10:45am


We are located at
5759 Vista Drive
Ferndale WA, 98248

Doctrinal Statement

We believe in the authority and sufficiency of the Holy Bible, consisting of the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments, as originally written; and that it was verbally and plenarily inspired and is the product of Spirit-controlled men, and therefore is infallible and inerrant in all matters of which it speaks.

We believe the Bible to be the true center of Christian unity and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creed, and opinions shall be tried.
2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:3-4, 19-21.

A. The Trinity – We believe there is one and only one living and true God as revealed in the Bible, an infinite Spirit, the Maker and Sovereign Ruler of Heaven and earth; inexpressibly glorious in holiness and worthy of all possible honor, confidence and love; that in the unity of the Godhead there are three persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, equal in every divine perfection and executing distinct but harmonious offices. Exodus 20:2-3; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Revelation 4:11.

B. God the Father – We believe that the first Person of the Trinity is God the Father. He is first in rank and order in the Trinity and as such is the One whose will the Son and Spirit carry out. He is worthy of our worship and is the primary One to whom our prayers should be directed. Hebrews 1:1-2; 1 Corinthians 1:3; John 3:16; 1 Corinthians 10:31

C. God the Son – We believe that Jesus Christ, the Son, the second person of the Trinity, is a divine person, equal in nature with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit. He has two natures: one human the other Divine, united inseparably in one Person. Jesus took on a human nature through the miraculous work of the Holy Spirit in a virgin named Mary so that He was begotten as no other man was ever born or can be born of woman, and that He is both the Son of God and God the Son. Genesis 3:15; Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:35; John 1:14.

We believe that Jesus died for our sins, was buried, rose bodily from the dead and ascended into Heaven, where He now sits at the right hand of the Father as our High Priest interceding for us. Matthew 28:6-7; Luke 24:39; John 20:27; 1 Corinthians 15:4; Mark 16:6; Luke 24:2-6, 51; Acts 1:9-11; Revelation 3:21; Hebrews 8:6; 12:2; 7:25; 1 Timothy 2:5; 1 John 2:1; Hebrews 2:17; 5:9-10.

D. The Holy Spirit – We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person, equal in nature with God the Father and God the Son; that He was active in the creation; that in His relation to the unbelieving world He restrains the evil one (the Devil) until God’s purpose is fulfilled; that He convicts of sin, of righteousness and of judgment; that He bears witness to the truth of the gospel in preaching and testimony; that He is the Agent in the new birth; that He seals, empowers, guides, teaches, witnesses, sanctifies and helps the believer.

We believe that the sign or revelatory gifts of the Holy Spirit have fulfilled their purpose and are not applicable to the work of the Holy Spirit today. John 14:16-17; Matthew 28:19; Hebrews 9:14; John 14:26; Luke 1:35; Genesis 1:1-3; John 16:8-11; Acts 5:30-32; John 3:5-6; Ephesians 1:13-14; Mark 1:8; John 1:33; Acts 11:16; Luke 24:49; Romans 8:14, 16, 26, 27; 1 Corinthians 12:8-10, 28-30; 13:8-10; 14:1-40; 2 Corinthians 12:12; Hebrews 2:2-4.

A. Good Angels – We believe that angels are personal, powerful, spirit beings who were created by God to be His servants in carrying out His plans in the world. They have a vital role in the worship of God, they participated in the revelation of the Word of God, they help protect the saints of God, and they carry out God’s vengeance. Psalm 148:2-5; 1 Peter 1:12; Psalm 103:19-22; Ezekiel 1, 10; Revelation 4, 5; Matthew 4:11; Acts 8,10,12; Hebrews 1:14.

B. DemonsIsaiah 14:12 describes one of God’s angels as being the “star of the morning, son of the dawn.” This angel rebelled against God and later came to be known as the Devil or Satan. Paul identifies this beautiful angelic creation of God as Satan, who “disguises himself as an angel of light,” 2 Corinthians 11:14. Through pride and rebellion, this glorious angel became the enemy of his Creator. One third of the angels followed him in his rebellion, and they are now called demons.

Now he is the unholy ruler of this age and of all the powers of darkness. He and his demons oppose the plan of God and seek to hinder the people of God, but they are under limitations imposed by God. Their time is limited and they are destined to the judgment of eternal justice in the lake of fire. Revelation 12:3-4; 20:1-3; Ephesians 6:11-12; 2 Corinthians 12:7; Job 1:12; Matthew 25:41.

We believe the Biblical account of the creation of the physical universe, angels, and mankind; and that this account is neither allegory nor myth, but a literal, historical account of the direct, immediate creative acts of God in six days without any evolutionary process; that man was created by a direct work of God and not from previously existing forms of life; and that all men are descended from the historical Adam and Eve, first parents of the entire human race. We believe that a human life begins at the moment of conception. Genesis 1; 2; Colossians 1:16-17; John 1:3; Psalm 139:13.

We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, under the law of his Maker. Adam fell from his innocent state by voluntary transgression, and all mankind sinned in him, in consequence of which all men are totally depraved, are partakers of Adam’s fallen nature, and are sinners by nature and by conduct, and therefore are under just condemnation without defense or excuse. We accept God’s definitions of sin as contained in the Bible as literally interpreted to include homosexuality and all other forms of sexual conduct outside the confines of a marriage between one man and one woman. Genesis 3:1-6; Romans 3:10-19; 5:12,19, 1:18, 32

A. The Savior – We believe that the salvation of sinners is divinely initiated and wholly of grace through the mediatory office of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Jesus Christ, by the appointment of the Father, voluntarily took upon Himself our nature, yet without sin, and honored the divine law by His personal obedience, thus qualifying Himself to be our Savior; that by the shedding of His blood in His death He fully satisfied the just demands of a holy and righteous God regarding sin; that His sacrifice consisted not in setting us an example by His death as a martyr, but was a voluntary substitution of Himself in the sinner’s place, the Just dying for the unjust, Christ the Lord bearing our sins in His own body on the tree; that having risen from the dead He is now enthroned in Heaven, and uniting in His wonderful person the most tender sympathies with divine perfection, He is in every way the only One qualified to be a suitable, compassionate and an all-sufficient Savior.

We believe that faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is the only condition of salvation. Repentance is a change of mind and purpose toward God prompted by the Holy Spirit and is an integral part of saving faith. Jonah 2:9; Luke 13:3-5; Ephesians 2:8; Acts 15:11; Romans 3:24-25; John 3:16; Matthew 18:11; Philippians 2:7-8; Hebrews 2:14-17; Isaiah 53:4-7; 1 John 4:10; 1 Corinthians 15:3; 2 Corinthians 5:21; 2 Corinthians 7:8-10;1 Peter 2:24

B. Grace and the New Birth – We believe that in order to be saved, sinners must be born again; that the new birth is a new creation in Christ Jesus; that it is instantaneous and not a process; that in the new birth the one dead in trespasses and in sins is made a partaker of the divine nature and receives eternal life, the free gift of God; that the new creation is brought about by our sovereign God in a manner above our comprehension, solely by the power of the Holy Spirit in connection with divine truth, so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the gospel; that its proper evidence appears in the holy fruits of repentance, faith and newness of life. John 3:3; 2 Corinthians 5:17; 1 John 5:1; Acts 16:20-33; 2 Peter 1:4; Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:1-5; Colossians 2:13; John 3:8.

C. Justification – We believe justification is that judicial act of God whereby He declares the believer to be righteous upon the basis of the imputed righteousness of Christ; that it is bestowed, not in consideration of any work of righteousness which we have done, but solely through faith in the Redeemer’s shed blood. Romans 3:24; 4:5; 5:1, 9; Galatians 2:16; Philippians 3:9.

D. Sanctification – We believe that sanctification is the divine setting apart of the believer unto God accomplished in a threefold manner: first, an eternal act of God, based upon redemption in Christ, establishing the believer in a position of holiness at the moment he trusts the Savior; second, a continuing process in the believer as the Holy Spirit applies the Word of God to the life; third, the final accomplishment of this process at the Lord’s return. Hebrews 10:10-14; 3:1; John 17:17; 2 Corinthians 3:18; 1 Corinthians 1:30; Ephesians 5:25-27; 1 Thessalonians 4:3-4; 5:23-24; 1 John 3:2; Jude 24, 25; Revelation 22:11

E. The Security of the Saints – We believe that all who are truly born again are kept by God the Father for Jesus Christ for eternity. Philippians 1:6; John 10:28-29; Romans 8:35-39; Jude 1.

F. Spiritual Gifts – We believe that every believer is given at least one spiritual gift from God at salvation. This gift(s) is a supernatural ability to serve Christ’s Body, the church.

1) Permanent Gifts – The gifts still being given to Christians today include: administration, encouragement, evangelism, faith, giving, hospitality, pastor-teacher, serving, mercy, and teaching. These gifts are given for the building up of the Body of Christ. Ephesians 4:7-11; 1 Timothy 3; Romans 12; 1 Corinthians 12, 14.

2) Temporary Gifts – We believe that in the apostolic age, God gave some gifts to the church which were only for that age. We call those gifts the ‘sign’ gifts of tongues, interpretation of tongues, healing, apostleship, prophecy, miracles, word of wisdom, word of knowledge, discerning of spirits. These gifts were temporary because their purpose was to initiate the Church Age and provide revelation until the Bible could be fully written. 1 Corinthians 12-14; Romans 12; Ephesians 4:7-11; 1 Peter 4:9-12; Ephesians 2:20; Hebrews 2:3-4; Romans 15:18-20

We believe that a local church is an organized congregation of immersed believers, associated by covenant of faith and fellowship of the gospel; observing the ordinances of Christ; governed by His laws; and exercising the gifts, rights and privileges invested in them by His Word; that its officers are pastors and deacons, whose qualifications, claims and duties are clearly defined in the Scriptures.

We believe the true mission of the local church is to glorify God by making disciples through the faithful witnessing of Christ to all people as we have opportunity. We hold that the local church has the absolute right of self-government free from the interference of any hierarchy of individuals or organizations; and that the one and only Superintendent is Christ through the Word of God and the Holy Spirit; that it is Scriptural for true churches to cooperate with each other in contending for the faith and for the furtherance of the gospel; that each local church is the sole judge of the measure and method of its cooperation; that on all matters of membership, polity, government, discipline, and benevolence, the will of the local church is final.

We believe in the unity of all New Testament believers and that this universal Body is represented by local churches. Matthew 28:19-20; 1 Corinthians 12:12-13; Ephesians 1:22- 23; 3:1-6; 4:11; 5:23; Colossians 1:18; Acts 15:13-18; 1 Corinthians 11:2; Acts 20:17-28; 1 Timothy 3:1-13; Acts 2:41-42.

We believe that Christian baptism is the single immersion of a believer in water to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem his/her identification with the crucified, buried and risen Savior, through Whom he/she died to sin and rose to a new life; that baptism is to be performed under the authority of the local church; and that it is prerequisite to the privileges of church membership.

We believe that the Lord’s Supper is the commemoration of His death until He comes, and should be preceded always by solemn self-examination. We believe that the Biblical order of the ordinances is baptism first and then the Lord’s Supper, and that participants in the Lord’s Supper should be believers living in right relationship with Christ. Acts 8:36, 38, 39; John 3:23; Romans 6:3-5; Matthew 3:16; Colossians 2:12; 1 Corinthians 11:23-28; Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 2:41, 42.

We believe the Bible commands believers to separate themselves unto God from sin. We believe that God commands true Biblical churches to keep separate from churches which believe and practice heresy. 2 Corinthians 6:14-7: 1; 1 Thessalonians 1:9-10; 1 Timothy 6:3-5; Romans 16:17; 2 John 9-11.

We believe that civil government is of Divine appointment for the interests and good order of human society; that governmental officials are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored, and obeyed, except in those things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ Who is the only Lord of the conscience, and the coming King of kings. Romans 13:1-7; 2 Samuel 23:3; Exodus 18:21-22; Acts 23:5; Matthew 22:21; Acts 5:29; 4:19-20; Daniel 3:17-18.

We believe in the sovereign selection of Israel as God’s eternal covenant people, that she is now dispersed because of her disobedience and rejection of Christ, and that she will be re-gathered in the Holy Land and, after completion of the Church, will be saved as a nation at the second advent of Christ.  Genesis 13:14-17; Romans 11:1-32, Ezekiel 37.

We believe in the pre-tribulational appearing of Christ (commonly referred to as the “Rapture”), an event which can occur at any moment, and at that moment the dead in Christ shall be raised in glorified bodies, the living in Christ shall be given glorified bodies without tasting death, and all shall be caught up to meet the Lord in the air before the seven years of the Tribulation. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 1 Corinthians 15:42-44, 51-54; Philippians 3:20- 21; Revelation 3:10.

We believe the Tribulation, which follows the Rapture of the Church, will be culminated by the second coming of Christ to earth in power and great glory to sit upon the throne of David and to establish the millennial kingdom. Daniel 9:25-27; Matthew 24:29-31; Luke 1:30-33; Isaiah 9:6-7; 11:1-9; Acts 2:29-30; Revelation 20:1-4, 6.

We believe that there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the wicked; that only those who are justified by faith in our Lord Jesus Christ and sanctified by the Spirit of our God are truly righteous in His sight; while all who continue in impenitence and unbelief are in His sight wicked and under the curse; and this distinction holds among men both in and after death, in the everlasting faithfulness of the saved and the everlasting conscious suffering of the lost in the lake of fire. Malachi 3:18; Genesis 18:23; Romans 6:17-18; 1 John 5:19; Romans 7:6; 6:23; Proverbs 14:32; Luke 16:25; Matthew 25:34-41; John 8:21; Revelation 20:14-15.


Currently, First Baptist Church of Ferndale is seeking a new lead pastor.  Our former pastor, Dave Lunsford, served at FBC for nearly 15 years.  During his last year, Dave was led by God to serve as the director of Baptist Network Northwest (BNN), not a Christian denomination, but an affiliation of independent, like-minded churches in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho.  First Baptist Church of Ferndale is a member of the BNN, and we commissioned Dave in May, 2016, for his new ministry.  Please see the BNN link for more information.

FBC is led by its board of elders, currently numbering four, with assistance from the church’s dedicated office staff.   Please see the bios below for further descriptions.  At this time, we are benefiting from a variety of in-house and guest speakers who bring us the Word of God each week.

Jim Hively


Jim Hively was raised on the mission field in Papua, Indonesia, and has been part of the FBC leadership team for nine years. He currently is a lay elder overseeing Christian education and outreach ministry, and also serves as a youth leader. Elsewhere, he fills his days teaching 2nd grade at Central Elementary School in Ferndale. Jim and his wife, Melanie, met at Biola University in L.A. and have four children at home. They have had a heart for foster children over the years and currently are caring for one.

Ralph Poulson


Retired Pastor Ralph Poulson met his wife, Margie, at Biola University in L.A. They served as missionaries in the Amazon jungle for 25 years, and then came home and accepted the pastorate at First Baptist Church of Ferndale, serving in the 80’s and 90’s. In more recent years Ralph was Northwest representative for Shepherds Ministry for developmentally disabled persons, based in Wisconsin. Last year he joined the FBC leadership team to serve as a lay elder, focusing on various shepherding aspects in the life of the church. Ralph wonders how he has time to be retired, and his wisdom and life experience are appreciated!

Raul Murillo


Raul Murillo grew up in El Salvador, and immigrated to the U.S. when he was 21 years old, becoming a Christian during this time. He loves to share his testimony about how Jesus Christ found him. He met his wife, Stephanie, in L.A., and moved to Whatcom County shortly after marrying. Raul heads up our music worship ministry, and he joined the leadership team last year, serving as a lay elder. He oversees various aspects of the Sunday morning service, and his full time vocation involves overseeing the parking department for the City of Bellingham. Raul and Stephanie have four young children.

Chet Smith


Chet Smith has served on the FBC leadership team for six years as a lay elder, and currently is board chairman, administrating the functions of the four-member elder board. He has taught adult Sunday school on various occasions, and currently oversees the office staff and finance department of the church. A Whatcom County native, Chet met his wife, Ruth Anna, at a wedding in L.A. They have two school-aged boys. In a different realm, Chet delivers mail and packages as a city carrier for the Postal Service in nearby Bellingham.

Andrew Anderson

Technology Coordinator

Marianne Brudwick

Administrative Assistant


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