Children's Ministry Director
Family: Lynda said “I do” to Roger 23 years ago and helped launch Keaton, Madison and Amsa Grace.
Background: Lynda was born and raised in New York and learned how to ride her bike behind an Italian restaurant next to their dumpster. Moved to Tucson, Arizona and graduated from the University of Arizona with a bachelor’s degree in education. Taught 5th grade, had kids and moved to Lynden, the land flowing with milk and honey, in ’98 and has been working at Sonlight for almost a decade.
Did you know? She can speak New York fluently. She is one of Lynden’s most outspoken ambassadors for the rain. She thinks it makes the day cozy and nice. Her grandma Betty will always be her hero. She is daring and has extensive cliff diving experience in Kauai, Hawaii. She can swim in 51 degree waters and is not afraid of bugs. She sneezes daintily, but yawns loudly. She loves to garden, read, collect vintage things, bake pies, wear aprons and run slowly. She also has the very best job at Sonlight.
Wife: Married 26 years to wife Cheri.
Family: Pastor Pete and Cheri have 4 children and 3 grandchildren. Rachel is married to Jonah Hoekwater. Son Matthew is married to Beth. Son Ryan is a sophomore at Calvin College. Daughter Christine is a student at Lynden Christian High School.
Background: Pastor Pete grew up on a dairy farm in Western Michigan. He graduated from Calvin College and Calvin Theological Seminary (MA Church Education and M DIV). He served three churches in Michigan (Cedar Springs, Byron Center, and Cadillac) and arrived at Sonlight Community Church as the Senior Pastor in October of 2008.
Did you Know: Although he went through a barbed wire fence with a snowmobile when he was 11, he still enjoys a fast ride in fluffy snow on a Yamaha sled. Okay, maybe he would go downhill skiing first, but keep the winter sports close by. Pastor Pete enjoys Geo- cashing with his GPS but gets lost half the time. If you want to stop by, bring some of his favorite candy (peanut M & M’s) and you will find a friend for a long time.
Info: Ranae is Sonlight's Worship Director.
Family: Married 25 years to Eldon. They have three boys: Dallas, Houston and Denver.
Background: Born and raised on a local dairy farm. Has been working and teaching in the music/drama area for 20+ years:
Did you know?
Ranae has also owned Commercial Interiors for many years.
Ranae loves to bake, preserve foods, play frisbee, racquetball and ping pong (game anyone?) and has built a lot of furniture.
Family: Married with one son.
Background: Tim grew up in Virginia, and worked in Washington, D.C., for several years before he and his wife moved to Vancouver, BC, to attend Regent College. They fell in love with the northwest, moved to Lynden in 2003, and are very glad that it is now home!
Did you know? Tim's favorite activity is spending time with his wife and son, and he likes going on fun family outings and camping trips. Tim also enjoys following international soccer, and likes to do computer research, especially if he can help others track down information they need.
Children's Ministry Aid
Family: Husband, Jeff. Children: Josh, Natalie.
Background: Sue grew up in Wisconsin and has a Masters in Biology. She and Jeff moved to Washington from Michigan in 1988 and have made Lynden their home. She has worked in the natural resources field, in a quilt shop and now at Sonlight. She has helped in the children’s ministries area for 7 years.
Did you know? Sue has about 30 unfinished quilt projects and starts more all the time.
Mike Slofstra (aka Sloffee)
Family Life Pastor
Family: Mike and his wife Bethany (since 2000) have four boys; Joshua, Caleb Micah and Lukas.
Background: Youth work/education since '02, Sonlight youth ministry director since '07, pingpong paddle construction since '97. Education: BHKin, BEd. MAL.
Did you know?
Did you know? Despite being 6' 5", Mike is afraid of heights; he still hasn't conquered that little diving platform at the creek he camped at as a kid. His favorite website is ESPN. The best thing he's ever won is a stereo, and the worst job he's ever had was cleaning grease pits at McDonald's. If Mike is not doing youth ministry, he is hanging pursuing a Mdiv at Calvin, out with his bride and boys, training for triathlons, or building something out of wood.
Shona Ten Pas
Director of Preschool Ministries
Family: Husband: Jeff; Children: Taylor, Hailey and Micah.
Background: Born and raised in the CRC church here in Lynden. Graduate of Dordt College in Sioux Center, IA with an MRS. Degree (oh, and an A.A. degree). Worked as Preschool Director at Sonlight from 2001-2008. Took a year off to home school Micah and now is back.
Family: Married to husband, Tony, for 22 years. Has three daughters and a son-in-law... Tia & Nathan, Amber, and Emma.
Background: Grew up in Edmonds, WA. Attended WWU in Bellingham and studied math and physics. Rana worked in Sonlight's Children's Ministry, then became the full time secretary before her current position as Church Administrator.
Did you know? Rana is an only child, loves to garden, her favorites are chocolate and the color green. High school testing said her profession should be a diesel mechanic, and she graffitied on the Berlin Wall.
Title: Administrative Assistant
Family: Three daughters, one son-in-law and two grandchildren.
Background: Administrative Assistant at Sonlight Church. Bachelor of Social Work degree from the University of Alaska, Anchorage. State of Alaska government administration for over 10 years, and substitute teacher and teacher assistant for Anchorage School District. Many years of teaching Sunday School and homeschool pre-K through 12th. Loves to worship, jog, bike, clean, organize, read, cook, talk, lead Young Women's Life Group. Loves people of all ages!
Did You Know? Survived the 1964 Alaska earthquake. Was an exchange student to France at age 15. Lived in Alaska for 46 years. Loves being Mom and Grami.