Board of Directors

Bill Richardson

Bill Richardson, Director, Master of Divinity, Multnomah Seminary

Background: Originally from Scotland, Bill and his wife Sharon answered the call to ministry and studied at Multnomah University in Portland with their 2 children Amy-Rose and Peter from 2010-2013. Bill was the Senior Pastor at the Evangelical Free Church of the Palouse in Pullman WA, where his responsibilities included bible teaching, college ministry, counselling and prayer.

Heart for prayer: The Holy Spirit stirred Bill’s heart towards prayer while in Pullman. God linked him to 6:4 Fellowship which is dedicated to developing pastors with a heart for prayer and ministry of the word (Acts 6:4). This led Bill to lead times of scripture fed, spirit led, worship-based prayer. This included a day of prayer every week, a Fresh Encounter with Jesus every week, and a once-a-month pastor and ministry leader’s prayer breakfast for 20-30 people.

On 11/21/20 the Holy Spirit spoke clearly that he was going to move Bill and Sharon to the coast. On 03/17/21 Bill received an email from Alvin Vander Griend concerning a new director position at LOWPC and followed the very clear leading! Bill is expectant and excited to see the Lord move in Whatcom County.

Favorite scriptures: Romans 5:6-8, Philippians 2:5-11, Revelation 4 & 5

Dr. Alvin VanderGriend

Vice President and National Prayer Committee Representative

Background: Alvin was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. He graduated from Calvin College and Calvin Seminary and received a Doctor of Ministry degree from Fuller Theological Seminary. After 40 years of ministry, he and his wife, Carolyn, have returned to Washington and now make their home in Lynden. Alvin has traveled worldwide, speaking and training churches on the power of prayer. He has written several books including the best-seller. ‘Love to Pray’.

Heart for prayer: Alvin agrees with Helmut Thielecki, who said, “The globe itself lives and is upheld as by Atlas’ arms through the prayers of those whose love has not grown cold. The world lives by these uplifted hands and by nothing else.” He believes that intercessors are doing more in causing souls to be saved, churches to be awakened and the kingdom of god to be advanced than any other group of people.

Favorite scripture: 1 John 5:14-15

Bev Sterk

Treasurer, Finance Committee

Background: Bev lives with her husband and three kids in Lynden. After working as a CPA for twelve years, she transitioned to stay at home with her children. She continues to use her gifts while serving as the Treasurer for the Light of the World Prayer Center.

Heart for prayer: Bev has a desire to see people’s excitement for prayer grow. “I imagine a day when crowds of people will be just as thrilled to come to a corporate prayer event as a sporting event.” Bev also wants to see people grow in their personal relationship with Jesus as they discover their “secret place.”

Favorite scriptures: Proverbs’ 3:5-6 & Isaiah 55:8-9

Mark Iblings

Board President and shepherd

Background: Mark and his wife Kathy moved to Whatcom County 26 years ago with four children. Now spread out in several countries and ministries, the four Iblings children are all grown. Mark and Kathy have a total of eight grandchildren. Graduating from Grace College of the Bible in Omaha, NE, and North American Baptist Seminary in Souix Falls, SD, Mark has served in several ministry capacities including pastoral, teaching, retreat centers, and several ministry boards. He owns and operates a small construction company, combining ministry and prayer in the marketplace.

Heart for prayer: As a life of “pray without ceasing” is developed, God will be glorified, Jesus lifted up, and the gospel will dispel darkness with the Holy Spirit empowering and directing his people to live out Acts 1:8 and Matthew 28:18-20.

Favorite scriptures: Philippians 2, James 1:27, Zephaniah 3:14-17

Jeremy Schweder

County Transformation Team Lead

Background: Jeremy serves as the Lead Pastor for Bless the City Church in Bellingham.  He graduated from Northwest University with a BA in Pastoral Ministries and Biblical Studies and has MA in Organizational Leadership from Regent University.  Prior to this role, Jeremy has served in a wide variety of ministry contexts from the medical field, music ministry, overseas missions, youth ministry, and as a juvenile jail chaplain.  Jeremy served as the healthcare sphere leader for several years, and is now our county transformation team lead.

Jeremy is passionate about people experiencing God for themselves, and for people to step into the dreams God has made for them.

Rob Washburn

Business Leader

Background: Rob and his wife Leanne co-own the four Windermere Real Estate offices in Whatcom County.  Rob earned a Bachelor’s degree in accounting from Western Washington University and worked as a CPA for Moss Adams in Seattle.  He also worked as CFO of a software development company and CFO of a food distribution company in Maui, HI.  Rob and Leanne have 5 children and attend Northlake Community Church, where Rob serves on the Admin Board.

Heart for Prayer: While how God uses the prayers of His people to accomplish His will and glorify His Son is a mystery, through faith it is evident that LOWPC is being used mightily to promote unity through prayer here in Whatcom County.

Favorite scriptures: Psalm 37: 3-5, Isaiah 58: 6-14