A Brief History and Description of the Mt. Baker church of Christ located at Bellingham, Washington
The Mount Baker congregation began in July 1994 with the first few worship services being conducted at the home of the Gary Bass family.
On the 27th of July 1994, the first menís meeting of the congregation was held with the following twenty men present:
Morris Bass, Terry Haith, David Frahm, Clarence Gardner, Charles Fair, Ed Bass, Ed DeWispelaere, Sam Holden, Tim Beckley, Shane Bass, Rick Holt, Ocran Melton, Walter Humphrey, Gary Bass, Aaron Bass, Jess Bass, W.H. McGrew, Matt Holden, Dan Torres, and Loren Parker.
During our existence as a congregation, the members have shown their dedication to the truth as revealed in the Holy Scriptures by conducting numerous Gospel meetings. These meetings have given our non-Christian family, friends, and neighborís the opportunity to hear Godís truth proclaimed by highly motivated and capable Gospel preachers.
The lessons we have heard taught during these special times have also been of great benefit to the members at Mt. Baker, edifying and strengthening us both in love for one another and in sound doctrine.
We have been privileged to have the following evangelists conduct Gospel meetings at Mt. Baker: Tom Roberts, Bobby Homes, Larry Ray Hafley, Dale Hendricks, James DeVoll, Randy King, Harry Osborne, David Beckley, Andy Alexander, Gary Johnsen, Donnie Rader, Ron Halbrook, David Baker, Dennis Ross, Dennis Scroggins, Steven Wallace, Marc Smith, Mark Mayberry, Stan Cox and Keith Greer.
The men of our congregation have also shown their zeal for Christ and His church in a wide variety of ways, including their preaching assistance to the White Rock church of Christ in British Columbia and the Manitou church of Christ in Tacoma. At least ten men from Mt. Baker have helped the saints in these two congregations by preaching for them. These efforts are an encouragement both to the men who do the lessons and the members of those assemblies.
Our spiritual growth as a congregation can also be seen in the dedication of the women at Mt. Baker. This dedication can especially be shown in their conducting well-organized and sound Bible-based classes for the children on Sunday mornings. There is perhaps nothing aside from parental example which is more important in influencing a person to follow the teachings of Jesus than the young having Bible classes as a foundation to start their lives (Proverbs 22.6).
The congregation has been and continues to be blessed with the example of godly women who are consistent in their attendance and who conduct themselves in the manner of the faithful women of the Bible.
Today the Mt. Baker church of Christ consists of 76 baptized believers and 16 children for a total of 92 souls who are associated with this congregation.
We have a good mix of Christians--both young in the faith, and those like the Fairs, and McGrews who have fought the good fight and labored mightily in the Lordís service for many decades.
One of the great strengths we currently enjoy is the Christian teenagers and young adults at this congregation. In both their conduct and attitude, they bring great honor to Christ, their parents, and themselves.
In the over 20 years of existence as a family of God, we have had the pleasure of seeing 57 individuals put on Christ in baptism, and we have sorrowed at the deaths of the following brethren: Clara DeWispelaere, Ocran Melton, and Beulah Walker W.H. McGrew, Roberta McGrew, Ed DeWispelaere and Mackie DeWispelaere. Although saddened by their passing we all look forward to that great day when we are all together again.
The following are some of the highlights in Mt. Bakerís history over the past nine years.
-- August 1994. The congregation begins meeting at the Northwest Bellingham Grange Hall, located on Northwest Avenue.
-- September 18, 1994. After the name was suggested by the Dan Head family, it is decided by the congregation to call ourselves the Northside church of Christ.
-- June 1995. The congregation purchases a five-acre parcel of land on the Mt. Baker Highway as a possible future site for a church building.
-- February 18, 1996. Northside asks brother Joe Price of Layton, Utah to come work with us on a full-time basis. Brother Price accepts, and begins preaching and teaching for us in the summer of 1996.
-- August 1997. The congregation acquires a loan from a local bank for construction of a church building and preparations begin for the construction of the building.
-- November 28,1999. The church building is completed and the first services are held. With its new location at 1860 Mt. Baker Highway the congregation changes its name from the Northside church of Christ to the Mt. Baker church of Christ.
-- March 28, 2004. An important milestone is reached when Morris Bass, Rick Holt and Joe Price are appointed bishops for the congregation.
-- May 28, 2004. Aaron Bass, Richard Brooks, Mike Finn, Dan Head, and John Hague are appointed to serve as deacons.
-- June 19, 2005. During a gospel meeting in which David Bonner of Dumas, Texas preached attendance reached the 100 mark for the first time in the congregationís history
-- January 22, 2012. Brother Joe Price resigned as bishop.
-- July 2014. 20th anniversary of the congregation.
-- June 4, 2017. Shane Bass becomes a deacon for the congregation and Richard Brooks starts his service as an elder.
As the Mt. Baker church of Christ enters a new century we no doubt will face many trials and tribulations. Small in number, different from the world we live in, tempted by an ungodly society and often by our own desires and weaknesses, we must surmount great obstacles. But just like our first century Christian brothers and sisters, we are all capable of great things because we--like them--follow the example of the Apostle Paul who said, ďI can do all things through Christ Jesus who strengthens me.Ē With the support of the loving family we have at Mt. Baker, the members look forward to working together in spreading the good news of Jesus Christ into the 21st century and gaining an eternal home in heaven with him when he calls us home.
Created by: Loren Parker