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Ron Lawler

Pastor of Preaching & Teaching

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I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior when I was a teen. A friend had invited me to attend church to help out in a Sunday School attendance drive. At the end of the worship service I asked the Pastor how I could know for sure I would go to Heaven. He had someone show me from the Scriptures how to receive Christ and from that day to this, I have had an assurance of Christ as my Savior and Heaven as my eternal home.

Within a few weeks I sensed a building desire to enter into full time ministry. My church observed me and confirmed the call. Upon graduation from High School, I enrolled in Bible College and I have been in ministry ever since. I was ordained to the ministry by my home church in Texas in 1974. It has been my privilege to be Pastor of Preaching and Teaching at Family Bible since 2005.

Cheryl and I were married in 1973. God has blessed us with two children, Rachel and David, and four grandsons.

Favorite part of ministry? - Researching and discussing questions about the Bible.

Favorite verse? - "Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm.  Let nothing move you.  Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain." 1 Corinthians 15:58

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Dan Potter

Youth Pastor

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Growing up in a Christian home prepared me well for embracing God.  As a high schooler I stepped out from under my parents wings and accepted Christ as my personal Lord and Savior.  I went to Central Washington University and prepared to go into full time teaching but after graduating in 1996 I was offered a job as a Jr. High youth director.  I was feeling called to Youth ministry and knew God led me to that position of service in the Church.  I was able to use my teaching degree to substitute and be involved in coaching to help minister to the community.  I moved to Oak Harbor in 2012 to continue my youth ministry call. 

I met my wife Carrie in 2007 and we were married a little over one year later.  We have since adopted our son Daniel, and we love our life together!  We love the odd encounters when a stranger says something like, "Ahh Daniel, you look just like your dad..."

 Favorite part of ministry? - Getting to have real relationships and be able to watch kids grow in their faith and let God impact the world through them.

 Favorite verse? - "But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." Isaiah 40:31

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Brian Haynes

Pastor of Worship

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Born and raised in the Northwest, Brian grew up in the church singing in the church choir, playing in the church orchestra, and leading worship in youth group and for "Big Church."  Brian came on staff at Family Bible Church in August of 2010 after completing his Masters of Divinity at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, Ca.  He also holds a Bachelors in Music from Whitworth University in Spokane, Wa.

He is married and has some awesome kids. 

Favorite part of ministry? - My favorite part of ministry is seeing people thriving in an area of the church or community where they are seeing their gifts impacting the growth of the Kingdom of God.

Favorite verse? - "Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.  Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will."  Romans 12:1-2

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Rebecca Brooks

Children's Ministry Director

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I am thrilled to be FBC’s Children’s Ministry Director! I love Jesus, I love knowing His Word so I know who he is and how to follow Him, and I love teaching children the Truth of His Word so they too know how to know Jesus and how to follow Him!

 I was born and raised in Tacoma, WA, where I became a Christian my senior year of high school. I moved from Tacoma 25 years ago to attend Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA, where I majored in Religion and decided to go into ministry. I moved back east to go to Princeton Theological Seminary, acquiring my MDiv and my husband all at the same time.  After graduation, we moved to southern California where we served in ministry for 18 years. And now I’m back in WA, with the addition of a fabulous husband and 4 amazing boys.

 We love being in Oak Harbor! We love the beauty, the calm and peaceful pace of life, the nature to explore, the weather, and Family Bible Church. The first week we came to church here, our boys were very resistant to going to their classes. But when they came out of class, they all said, “I loved it!”, and they are now super excited to come to church every week. As for me, not only do I love the church family here and love my ministry, I also love working with the incredible pastoral staff. They are as genuine as they seem – they walk the walk and live what they teach!

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Tracy Jones

Children’s Ministry Craft Coordinator

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Tracy and her husband, Michael, have 3 children and have made Oak Harbor their forever home. She recently opened a preschool/kindergarten "Little Cloud Academy" and is blessed to teach students half days from her home.

 When she isn't preparing lessons for her school, crafts for the church, or planning for VBS, Tracy enjoys hiking, golfing, and quality time with friends and family.

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Meredith Falk

Office Administrator

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I am blessed to be a part of the staff here at Family Bible Church and serving in the youth and music ministries. God blessed me with a great family of faith and I myself became a Christian at a young age due to their example!

In 2004 I moved to Whidbey Island, from Minnesota at the time, and love living in the area. I am a prolific dabbler in all things particularly as a DIYer! Almost always I will try and make it or do it first before asking a professional. It may be a problem but one I am happy to have!

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Ashley O'Neill

CM Administrative Assistant

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Hello FBC families and guests!  I am so excited to be working with the Children's Ministry at Family Bible Church and have the opportunity to get to know you and your family even more! 

I was born and raised in Fallon, Nevada where I met my high school sweetheart (and now husband) Nick in 11th grade.  I have a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Nevada, Reno and a Juris Doctor from Florida Coastal School of Law.  We have four beautiful children and have had the great pleasure of living and traveling all over the United States, Asia, and Australia as a military family.  I love being an active participant in my community and giving back by serving others.  I can't wait to meet you!