Lummi Island’s Historic Church
In November 1903 ten island families founded this congregation, and our little church was built in 1908. For over 100 years people have gathered here to pursue a connection with their Creator, to find a portal to the Holy. Today people from a broad range of backgrounds gather here to explore scripture, seek God’s wisdom, celebrate the love and grace of Jesus Christ, and be renewed by the Spirit.
We are a community of faith that seeks to find new ways of being in relationship with God and enacting God’s intention for the wholeness of humankind. We pray that through loving and being loved, through serving and being served, we may faithfully serve the realm of God.
We value and honor our individual spiritual paths. We respect differences in theology, celebrate diversity, and appreciate asking life’s big questions without insisting on easy answers.
You are welcome here!
Rev. Jamie Kepros, Pastor
Jamie grew up on a farm in Iowa where she loved to spend time outdoors. She went east for college and studied religion and philosophy at Wellesley. As an active Catholic through her college years, Jamie journeyed through questions, doubts, challenges and celebrations as she followed her call to ordained ministry in the United Church of Christ. Her theological horizons have been enriched by feminist, liberation, and process theologies. She received her Master of Divinity degree from Iliff School of Theology in 2009 and was ordained in 2010.
Jamie lives with her spouse, Rev. Sharon Benton (Lead Pastor of First Congregational Church in Bellingham), Samson the loveable mutt, and Baba and Hillary the cat sisters. Jamie enjoys having a home with flowers and trees that grow despite her brown thumb, living close to the water, writing, laughter, and pondering the relationship between spirit and matter.
“It is my joy and privilege to connect with you on your spiritual journey. I welcome conversation and questions and honor your path. I can be with you in celebration or crisis, officiate your wedding or lead memorial services. Some of my favorite words are: compassion, possibility, mystery, peace.”
Cindy Minkler, Pianist
Cindy Minkler (enrolled Oglala Sioux) graduated from Seattle Pacific University with a B.A. in Music Education and Piano Performance. Since then, she’s been an educator, graduation speaker, free lance pianist, piano teacher and performer. She produced two piano CD’s featuring original compositions and hymn arrangements. Back in the 90’s, Minkler was seen on the hit dramedy television show “Northern Exposure.” In 2003 she was invited to perform at the American Indian Film Festival in San Francisco where she featured her original composition, “Battle of Wounded Knee.” Minkler performed an original piece on her cedar flute and won an award at the West Coast American Indian Music Awards Show in 2011. Recently she earned a Music Therapy degree from Western Michigan University where she was named Artist of the Month in 2017. Currently she is working as sole proprietor developing Spirit Path Music Therapy.
Rhayma Blake, Church Administrator
With strong Midwestern roots, Rhayma has been nourished by the Unity Church, the church of the blue skies (during her bicycling days), the Episcopal Church, and now the Lummi Island Congregational Church. In the past, she developed and led a Girl Scout troop for the homeless seeking refuge in her church in downtown St. Louis and used her M.B.A. to help develop new products for a major corporation. Currently, she is involved in the politics of the Lummi Island ferry, heads up the monthly parish dinners (affordable dinners that raise funds for outreach and build community), plays a little marimba, and helps to keep the church office running smoothly.
Victoria Souze, Custodian
Victoria has lived on Lummi Island for over twenty years. She is active in the marine mammal world and is the Director for the Whatcom Marine Mammal Stranding Network. Victoria puts in a lot of time helping distressed marine mammals and educational outreach. One of her favorite things is to participate in educational outreach for elementary school children. She believes that we are the caretakers of our environment and that it is our responsibility to perpetuate a healthy ecosystem to leave as a legacy to the next generation. Victoria is also a Kundalini Yoga teacher and feels that a strong spiritual relationship with God is tantamount to being a happy, healthy and holy human being.
Di Kegeles, Bookkeeper